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Potential SIFT Questions

Pascal

Newbie
Hello all,

Applying for the role of Warfare Officer. Recently passed my psychometric and eye test, waiting for PJFT and medical dates. Currently preparing for the SIFT interview global affairs section, strung together a few possible questions from recent news and what has been mentioned in the SIFT posts before. Please let me know if you think I've missed any, alternatively if any I have mentioned aren't likely to be asked.

  • How will Brexit impact the United Kingdom and Europe?
  • What is Trident, why is it important and do you agree with it?
  • Explain the current situation in Syria
  • Discuss the tension between the West and Russia
  • Explain the tensions between Israel and Palestine
  • There has recently been an alliance between Israel and Arabs, what are the implications of this?
  • Why is North-Korea considered a threat to the modern world?
  • Explain the cause and effects of the recent exodus of migrants through Europe
  • What was the Arab Spring and what caused it?
  • What operations are currently going on in Afghanistan?
  • How does the political situation in Iran affect the international community?
  • What operations are taking place in the Middle East?
  • What is the importance of the Middle East to the UK?
  • Explain the tensions in the USA surrounding Trumps election and how it might manifest in the future
  • Jeremy Corbyn has become increasingly popular recently, what opinions does he have?
  • What naval operations are focused on Piracy and where are they taking place?
  • What naval operations are focused on Counter-Terrorism and where are they taking place?
 

Coll95

Newbie
* Tell me about the militarisation of the South China Sea and why is this of interest to the UK?

*What do you know about rising tensions in the Balkans and how could this affect your branch?


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DrumRoll

Midshipman
Hi Pascal

Based on my SIFT, I would say that if you have good knowledge and answers for all of the listed topics, you should be adequately covered. I understand it varies from AFCO to AFCO, but my SIFT touched on current affairs only very briefly. The main focus was on two areas:
  • ME, what i'd done, team/leadership experience, motivations and strengths/weakness
  • The RN, an overview at different levels: What does the RN do? Where are current operations and why is the RN there? How does this fit in with NATO aims? Ditto for UN aims? What is the UK's role in the UN? Ditto NATO? Challenges facing the RN (hint: £££)
This isn't to say you shouldn't prepare for the questions you've listed above, but I felt that a 'base' knowledge level was assumed by the ACLO, who then questioned my knowledge of how the RN (and Triservice) fit into this.

I suppose in addition to what you've listed, these recent news items might be worth preparing for:
  • NATO resources going to the Baltics/Poland
  • Trident testing incident
  • Trump travel ban (although I imagine by the time you read this he will have moved on to his next 'brainwave')
 
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