Hi Smevs, Good stuff - congratulations on passing AIB! What are you going in as? I was looking for other people to see what kind of preparation they are doing in the run up, as there is a good two months before entry. Were you told when to expect your joining pack?
Cheers, in as an MEO you? Joining pack arrived last week....... soooo many forms to fill in it's not even funny.
Prep wise, nothing I didn't do for AIB really. The fitness program is of a fairly low standard, so i'm just carrying on with my normal routine; running, gym, footy etc. Keeping up to scratch on all the navy stuff, trawling RR and laughing hysterically at some of the threads. Only thing extra I'm gonna do is have a look at the rule of the road, and they ask you to read 1 book off each section of the reading list, so i'll have to go the library and see if i can pick some of them up. Other than that, I get up at 6.15 mon-fri to go to work anyway so the getting up is o biggie for me. Just need to start going to bed a bit later to cut down on the sleep. What about you any plans?
Hi! Thanks for that, its good to hear from people in the same situation! I am entering the Medical branch. I asked specifically about the joining pack as I haven't got mine! I passed AIB 2 months ago and got all my acceptance letters but no pack- so I am at a bit of a loss as to the reading/kit list. I just thought they hadn't sent them out yet but I will investigate this further!
I am doing the same as you with fitness- gym, swimming, running. Had a go at the swimming test in a boiler suit at my local pool and looked like a bit of a plonker on a Saturday morning! Good idea about going to bed later - I am fine with getting up too but can tend to crash fairly early into the evening!
I am really looking forward to starting but it seems so far away at the moment!
Nice that you want to prepare and all that but I wouldn't bother staying up to acclimatise yourself to less sleep. Sleep at Dartmouth really isn't a problem if you don't dawdle with your personal admin.
Also, I don't know if it's the same one I had, but don't be lured into a false sense of security by the fitness booklet. Especially for the medic, fitness is by far the most important thing to square away; you won't be at Dartmouth long enough to worry about much else.
Final tip: don't go mad on preparation. Enjoy your last months of freedom instead. The backphasers should keep you all on the straight and narrow till you get your bearings anyway.