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

Reading88

Midshipman
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?

I failed for being too nervous and skatty in my interview and then my naval knowledge was too basic (I was told to gain more naval knowledge, but this was my own fault for only learning the basics about the RN and assuming that RM, RFA and FAA questions would be negligible )on the PLT exercise I didn't finish but did okay and the planning exercise I messed up a couple of TDS calculation on the quick fire, but the participation in the planning and then the final individual presentation went well.
My bleep test was good and my psychometric tests were slightly above average (although I don't know how much and they didn't give me any details either).

My plan of action at the moment (this might change after my AFCO debrief) is too probably do some volunteer work to try and get some more example of leadership, outside of a bar/restaurant environment, learn more than just the basic facts about the RN, RFA, RM and FAA and hopefully get a couple of visits to shore bases and ships under my belt. All in all, be a lot more prepared for the AIB and not to underestimate its difficulty again.
 
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Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Okay harsh lesson coming up. you went to a job interview having failed to prepare properly for it, and then did not perform to the acceptable standards in part due to your lack of preparation. Are you sure you really want to be in the RN - BRNC is oversubscribed with people at the moment who desperately want to be in there and who've done a lot of work to get there. By contrast your own prep seems poor at best.
 

Reading88

Midshipman
Okay harsh lesson coming up. you went to a job interview having failed to prepare properly for it, and then did not perform to the acceptable standards in part due to your lack of preparation. Are you sure you really want to be in the RN - BRNC is oversubscribed with people at the moment who desperately want to be in there and who've done a lot of work to get there. By contrast your own prep seems poor at best.

I agree with your comments, I should have prepared more and underestimated the level of knowledge required. All I can do is make up for thatandprovemy worth at a second attempt.
Opinions may differ to whether or not I should be granted a second attemp but, at the end of the day my goal is to become a RN warfare officer Submariner and hopefully I will become one and have a successful career within the RN.

I was highly disappointed about not pasingmy AIB, but I am not disheartened, I have learned not to underestimate intervirpews and that just having a certain skill set isn't enough. I will do a lot more prep for my second attempt and when I pass I will be better prepared for my future career.
 

Reading88

Midshipman
No, I don't. But I'm going to subscribe so that I can keep up to date with deployments, ships positions... As the RN website is a bit unreliable when it comes to that info (it is very inaccurate on the map showing where ships are and their missions). Luckily the navy news website is a useful source of info as are the RFA and RN fb pagespages
 

jaggers

Lantern Swinger
Best single piece of advice I can give you is join the RNR, they're crying out for guys at the moment, it'll certainly boost your naval knowledge, show your commitment, have you 'on the books' already so to speak so your age might not be such a big issue. It'll also give you an idea if the navy is really for you and better prepare you for BRNC. Go in as an AB, put yourself forwards for officer and you should be able to get through regular AIB second time around. If you've already got to AIB you must have passed security clearance so you should be able get into RNR quicker than normal and if you don't get in as a regular it's a good fallback, you might not be able to make a career of it but apart from subs/flying you can do most stuff.
 
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