Many candidates who attend the AOSB will be under prepared. In addition to this, many candidates will spend hours scouring internet chat forums in an attempt to ﬁnd hints and tips on how to pass the AOSB. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, the most effectively prepared candidates are those who concentrate primarily on demonstrating the key assessable qualities in order to become an Army Ofﬁcer.
The whole purpose of the AOSB is to determine whether or not you have the ‘potential’ to become an Army Ofﬁcer. If you have the potential then there is a greater chance that you will pass Ofﬁcer Initial Training course at Sandhurst.
The Army will be investing literally hundreds of thousands of pounds into your development and career progression. Therefore, they want to be sure that you have the potential to pass every stage of training. In order to assess the potential, the Army will assess you against a series of qualities and competencies.
I want to talk a little about the qualities that you need to demonstrate during the entire selection process. You will notice that after each list of qualities I have provided you with some useful tips. Qualities that you need to demonstrate:
• Able to overcome most difﬁculties
TIPS: You are applying to join the Army as an Ofﬁcer. Therefore, it is crucial that you are able to remain calm in a crisis, be totally focused on achieving the end result and be determined to succeed at everything you do. For example, during the planning exercise stage, which is probably the toughest part of the AOSB, you will be placed under considerable pressure by the assessing Ofﬁcer’s. If you do not know the answer to a question then it is better to say so, rather than panic, wafﬂe or crumble under the pressure.
One of the main purposes of AOSB is to determine whether or not you have the ability to stay focused under pressure.
• Mentally agile
TIPS: These qualities are predominantly focused on your state of mind. Do you have the ability to come up with solutions to problems? Can you think outside the box? Can you see the end result? Are you sensible and mature for your years? During every stage of the AOSB make sure you remain levelheaded.
Do not act in a foolhardy way and always think before you speak. Engage your brain before you engage your mouth!
• Considerable impact.
TIPS: Let us assume that you are participating in the Planning Exercise phase. You have worked hard during your preparation in the build up to AOSB and you are very conﬁdent that your plan of tackling the exercise is the most effective. However, two other members of your group have alternative solutions to the problem. What do you do? The options are simple – you can either go along with their desired solution(s) or you can have the confidence in your own abilities and your plan and attempt to ‘persuade’ them both that your option is the most effective. If I was attending AOSB, I would have the conﬁdence in my own abilities and persuade them that my option is the most effective. Remember – you are applying to become an Army Ofﬁcer and that means you are applying to become a leader!
• Spirit of adventure
• Physically strong and active
• Sense of urgency.
TIPS: During Command Tasks be sure to get involved. Those people, who believe that if they sit on the fence and don’t get involved will go unnoticed, are sorely mistaken. You must get involved, come up with solutions, encourage the team, support others and try your hardest to achieve every task that you are set. When it is your turn to take command, do so. Do not be weak; be strong, conﬁdent and in control at all times.
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Armed Forces Recruitment Expert