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    Upon receiving my A Level results which are frankly quite disappointing, in comparison to what I was predicted to receive, I seek advice as to what plan of action I should take now.

    I achieved the grades of CCD in Geography, Environmental Science, and Politics and in my most humble opinion I believe that it'd be within my ability to boost these up to at least a BBC.

    I have been accepted to study Human Geography at the University of West England which will allow me to apply for the UOTC for potential officer cadets but I was wondering whether this would be the wrong path to take?

    My options are to either join the army now as a regular and give up on my dreams to become an army officer, till I get an opportunity to prove myself worthy of a commission. My second option would be to go to university and apply for the UOTC then attempt to become an army officer with the grades I have which I know are above the required standard but I can't imagine it being very appealing to the examination board. My third option would be to retake my exams and put all of my plans on hold till I get my desired grades.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this thread and I'd highly value any advice anybody has regarding my situation.

    - Matt
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    (Original post by MatthewGear)
    Upon receiving my A Level results which are frankly quite disappointing, in comparison to what I was predicted to receive, I seek advice as to what plan of action I should take now.

    I achieved the grades of CCD in Geography, Environmental Science, and Politics and in my most humble opinion I believe that it'd be within my ability to boost these up to at least a BBC.

    I have been accepted to study Human Geography at the University of West England which will allow me to apply for the UOTC for potential officer cadets but I was wondering whether this would be the wrong path to take?

    My options are to either join the army now as a regular and give up on my dreams to become an army officer, till I get an opportunity to prove myself worthy of a commission. My second option would be to go to university and apply for the UOTC then attempt to become an army officer with the grades I have which I know are above the required standard but I can't imagine it being very appealing to the examination board. My third option would be to retake my exams and put all of my plans on hold till I get my desired grades.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this thread and I'd highly value any advice anybody has regarding my situation.

    - Matt
    So long as you have the minimum A level grades for Army Officer entry, then go to UWE and join the OTC. The degree will wipe out mediocre A level grades, the 3 years more life experience will make you a more rounded candidate at the Selection Board and the OTC will give you a proper look see at the role in general and specific options, and again, improve your performance at the Selection Board.

    You simply don't need your 'desired grades', better A level grades are irrelevant, you have a Uni place and therefore an opportunity to join the OTC and get a great insight into your career.
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    Thank you for your reply, I thought about it a lot over the course of last night and I came to the conclusion I will listen to your advice. I don't intend on arriving at the Selection Board with a good set of A Levels but zero life experience to count for them.

    Anymore posts to this thread will be welcomed, however, I've firmly decided what I feel will be the best decision for me to take.

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    Hi mate,

    Glad to sse you've made a descision. However I'd strongly suggest using a different name for online engagements. Especially with military ambitions, personal security (PERSEC) is very important. It's just a general rule of thumb not to go around using your real name online with military ambitions. That is if your account name is your real name and you're not already a step ahead.

    Good luck with your career choice and education!
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    Thanks for the advice, out of curiosity, what is the issue with using my name as my username?

    I can think of a few reasons but I was just wondering if it could present an issue if I ever did get in, at a later date.

    -Matt
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    (Original post by MatthewGear)
    Thanks for the advice, out of curiosity, what is the issue with using my name as my username?

    I can think of a few reasons but I was just wondering if it could present an issue if I ever did get in, at a later date.

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    Hi Matt,

    I have no useful advice for you as such, I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your future career in the Army. You seem like a pleasant individual worthy of a chance to become an officer, and I hope you fulfil your dreams in this respect.

    I am hoping to follow a similar path to you in joining the Army Air Corps, and will be not a million miles from you in fact at the University of Bristol. Don't hesitate to send me a message.

    All the best,

    Tom.
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    I've just sent you a private message, thanks for the kind words.

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    (Original post by MatthewGear)
    Thanks for the advice, out of curiosity, what is the issue with using my name as my username?

    I can think of a few reasons but I was just wondering if it could present an issue if I ever did get in, at a later date.

    -Matt
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    Looks like threeportdrift beat me to it. Best of luck mate.
 
 
 
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