Questions regarding officer application (Timeline etc.)

#1
Hello,

I've applied for the role of WO, my psychometric test is on 23rd Jan.

Few quick questions.

1. What would be the timescale (providing nothing goes wrong and becomes delayed), that I would likely be sent to AIB if I pass the medical/PJFT etc.. I understand that there is a slight shortage of WO and the application may be streamlined for those applying for that role.

2. If all goes to plan, I would like to sub-specialize in intelligence. Am I correct in thinking that officers specialize after 2 years? And if so is that 2 years after passing out of, or beginning BRNC?

3. I was diagnosed by a GP in my 1st year of university with moderate anxiety and slight depression. I was prescribed paroxetine (SSRI), which I took for 2 months and then stopped. I believe I was misdiagnosed and generally unhappy with the transition to university and feeling homesick. Due to the emphasis on mental health awareness I felt obliged to see my GP however, I just filled out a 5-minute questionnaire and just like that I was diagnosed. How much of an impact will this have on my application?

4. I have played team sports (rugby and football) until I was 16 however for the last 4 years I have been very much into my combat sports (Boxing, MMA, BJJ), which is obviously a solo sport. There is alot of emphasis on team leadership and team sports however I haven't had much experience in team environments since I was 16. I'm not prepared to join a team sport purely for the superficial reason of speaking about it at the interviews and therefore im curious about what other opportunities someone may suggest in developing team skills, not in a sports environment.

Thank you in advance for your replies, look forward to reading them!
 
#2
3. I was diagnosed by a GP in my 1st year of university with moderate anxiety and slight depression. I was prescribed paroxetine (SSRI), which I took for 2 months and then stopped. I believe I was misdiagnosed and generally unhappy with the transition to university and feeling homesick. Due to the emphasis on mental health awareness I felt obliged to see my GP however, I just filled out a 5-minute questionnaire and just like that I was diagnosed. How much of an impact will this have on my application?
Ninja's the (C)oracle on these matters but here's what's been said before:
https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community/threads/joining-with-depression.85192/
 
#3
1. What would be the timescale (providing nothing goes wrong and becomes delayed), that I would likely be sent to AIB if I pass the medical/PJFT etc.. I understand that there is a slight shortage of WO and the application may be streamlined for those applying for that role.
My application progress was extremely smooth. I completed my RT in late August 2016 and passed AIB by early December - so about 3.5 months. That's an anecdote, and I have no idea how representative that is of the 'standard' timeline.

By the way, are you using WO as an abbreviation for Warfare Officer? To avoid confusion, that's usually the abbreviation for a Warrant Officer. Warfare branch is usually referred to as 'X'.
 
#5
T-W-C, do you get any choice over which AIB you attend? If my RT is the end of Jan, I'd be expecting the AIB to be some time between May-June which will conflict with my final exams? How did you find the AIB? Have you heard when you'll be off to BRNC?

(Yes I was referring to Warfare Officer!)
 
#6
T-W-C, do you get any choice over which AIB you attend? If my RT is the end of Jan, I'd be expecting the AIB to be some time between May-June which will conflict with my final exams? How did you find the AIB? Have you heard when you'll be off to BRNC?

(Yes I was referring to Warfare Officer!)
As far as I'm aware, yes. If you make the AFCO/ACLO aware of this I'm sure they can make appropriate arrangements to ensure you get an invitation to an AIB that you can attend. I shall bow to Ninja's expertise on this however if I am incorrect.

I'll find out in March whether I'll be able to head to BRNC in May this year.

The AIB I had a lot of fun at. There's a great thread here which will give you a load more detail than I'll be able to, though feel free to PM me if you do want to pick my brains on it.
 
#7
Thanks for your reply, cleared up a few nagging questions I couldn't find solid answers too.
I'll PM you some questions closer to the time. Cheers.
 
#8
With regards to the timeline, I wish mine was as smooth as T-W-C's! My medical is currently in it's 6th month with an old minor rugby injury being a holdup. I would suggest anyone out there only admitting to things you have seen a doctor about, as CAPITA can't seem to grasp that I was only treated by my team's physio!
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#9
Just endorsing what has been said in this thread already. Three months from application to AIB is entirely do-able, but 4-6 months is 'average'.

The medical aspect, as many unfortunately find out, is the area most likely to involve delays. The problem can often be caused by misdiagnosis and the degree of severity but once the 'label' is attached it's a hell of a job to get it removed so that the individual is deemed fit to enter. I have a feeling mental health issues have to be between two to three years symptom and treatment free.

With regard prioritising shortage branches, it only tends to happen when AIBs are full, currently they aren't. Specialisation training is generally a couple of years after completing BRNC, at which point you'll have completed your first sea assignment/appointment and on the trained strength as a Warfare Officer.

Team activities can be anything from working/collaborating as a group in college or in a part time job, for example. Working in Maccy D's involves teamwork. Other examples include Duke of Edinburgh awards, membership of college or uni societies, socialising with a group of friends, etc. Basically we're not looking to recruit people who regard themselves as a loner or a person that wants to work and live in isolation.

Best of luck in your aspiration.
 
#12
3. I was diagnosed by a GP in my 1st year of university with moderate anxiety and slight depression. I was prescribed paroxetine (SSRI), which I took for 2 months and then stopped. I believe I was misdiagnosed and generally unhappy with the transition to university and feeling homesick. Due to the emphasis on mental health awareness I felt obliged to see my GP however, I just filled out a 5-minute questionnaire and just like that I was diagnosed. How much of an impact will this have on my application?
One of my intake was picked up for still having traces of an antidepressant still in his system, medically discharged, and told to come back six months later onces the traces had gone. However, this will likely slow your application, particularly if you note it on the initial medical questionnaire.*

My application took a little over six months including switching AFCO halfway through. The delay was caused by waiting for a medical and by Christmas.

Do you have team experience from university projects? Schoolwork? Aspects of your sports not related to the actual fighting? BRNC offers both boxing and fencing, both of which are clearly solo sports, but you should be able to dredge up some team activities from your past.

*There are two ways of interpreting this. One is that to knowingly lie on your medical form will be treated very severely when discovered. The other approach believes that Capita's safely-safely approach to inconsequential medical conditions (such as yours) imposes more delays than the risk involved.
 
#13
If the remainder of my application goes smoothly it'll be 20 months from application-BRNC. However Capita had to review my medical and I was deferred after my SIFT.


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#14
Hi Pascal,

Just to really hammer home the repeated point about the medical, DO NOT lie about or miss off anything you have been treated for or seen a doctor about from the medical questionnaire and be prepared for this stage to take up much of your application time.

From my initial application to my RT, to my eye test and medical took just under two months, but then I had to appeal a misdiagnosis case which took up 6 months of last year. Since winning my appeal, I have passed my PJFT and am sitting my SIFT interview later this week.

All in all, it does move fairly quickly but expect a 4 to 6 month period as Ninja stated above.

Good luck
 

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