failing AIB and being asked back in 12 months but age critical for my branch

Reading88

Midshipman
Hi,
I completed my AIB and was told that I didnt make the grade, but to come back in 12 months and try again. Whilst having my debrief I was told to seek advice from my AFCO on the next steps (which I have already started doing), my question is, as I am about 9 months from the cut off date to start training as a warfare officer, would they allow me to retake my AIB before the 12 month period is over? Does anyone know of any similar situations in the past? And is it posible to prove that you have made an effort to improve the areas you failed in and retake the AIB sooner (similar to people that fail their psychometric.

The reason I am asking is, I want to be as informed as possible on the process when I meet with the Lt at my AFCO.

Thank you.
 

Reading88

Midshipman
Yes that is what I was told, but as with many things some rules can sometimes be bent. So, I wanted to know if anybody had come across a situation like this in the past?

Also, why would I be invited back to the AIB if there was no chance of me starting training on my branch options, which the board head was aware of??
 

spooner

Midshipman
Your options will be outlined at your AIB debrief at the AFCO which will be tailored to your specific circumstances. There are officer branches with higher age limits.
 

wannabejack

Lantern Swinger
I passed my first AIB but wasn't deleted and still had to wait twelve months to try again. I'd suggest you are more likely to get an age waiver than you are an AIB earlier than twelve months. Worth asking your AFCO about that perhaps.
 

LujonSA

War Hero
I passed my first AIB but wasn't deleted and still had to wait twelve months to try again. I'd suggest you are more likely to get an age waiver than you are an AIB earlier than twelve months. Worth asking your AFCO about that perhaps.
In what way were you not deleted? Were you expecting to be deleted having passed AIB?

Puzzled of SW France.
 

Reading88

Midshipman
Wannabejack, cheers for that, I didn't know about an age waiver, do you have any info on them?
Spooner,
Thanks for your info. Hopefully that will be the case.

Any other opinions and info still welcome.
 

wannabejack

Lantern Swinger
Yes, I had applied for a secret branch that officially doesn't exist. So was hopeful that I would get selected and therefore have the identity I was born with deleted so I could carry out my duty. Every day I would check if I still existed and every day was dissapointed to see I did.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
"By the book" there are no age waivers or academic waivers unfortunately, so if a definitive answer is required, it's in the negative vernacular unfortunately.

But, as the OP rightly states, individual exceptions are occasionally heard of.

A twelve month knock-back at AIB isn't really an encouraging indicator and a "near miss" for an otherwise viable candidate would normally be given the opportunity to re-take AIB within the age constraints. A 12 month knock-back could mean, Warfare Officer no, Logs Officer maybe.

I would not be inclined to believe an age waiver would routinely be considered as they are usually only given consideration if a fully successful candidate has had to defer entry due to unforeseen medical or family issues. That said, the only person that's going to be able to advise otherwise is your ACLO at the de-brief, bearing in mind numbers required can also be an influencing factor. Be aware he/she may even advise you consider rating entry, rather than suggest a waiver is a viable proposition.

Good luck.
 

wannabejack

Lantern Swinger
If I were you I would definitely consider rating enty. I passed the AIB twice but didn't get selected. I reached the upper age limit so rather than just give up on my navy dream I joined as a rating instead.
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Dont want to sound harsh, but if you are getting a 12 month knock back so close to the age limit, it implies you have some fairly substantial personal development to do, and you may be too old to actually suceed in this.

What did you fail on - at least this way we can give you advice on how to improve for next time?
 
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