Warfare Officer Application 2018

VilliersBucks

Midshipman
Application
Passed the NSRT, medical, eye exam, PJFT and career discussion; earliest AIB is January with May intake.
 
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From a current Warfare o/c in Militarisation (going on ABLE on Sunday next week) the last high priority intake was January where they took on about 60 and the intake size was around 180 Officer Cadets.

I joined in May, our intake size is just over 100 cadets and there is only around 15-20 warfare candidates. Warfare is one of those roles that we will always recruit for, you just need to smash your AIB. The PJFT is nothing to worry about, if you've been training then you should have the fitness to finish that properly.
 

VilliersBucks

Midshipman
From a current Warfare o/c in Militarisation (going on ABLE on Sunday next week) the last high priority intake was January where they took on about 60 and the intake size was around 180 Officer Cadets.
Thanks for your reply, passed the PJFT easily. I thought intake was September, December and January, or so I have been told. When are the actual intakes for BRNC? I now have the interview coming up, is there anything specific relating to the thirty weeks at Dartmouth and the training pipeline that one would need to know? Seems to be altered year on year after having looked on previous threads.
 
The information they will be looking for is what’s on the website. It will be more of an interview about you. Also intakes are May, September and January, they are always 4 months apart.
 

Maran?4

Midshipman
i applied in march 2017 for warfare officer and sitting my AIB in october. its taken a very long time so dont pin your hopes on a date of entry. in my sift interview they focussed largely on navy knowledge but ive also been told that theyve taken this chunk out of it now. i would say familiarise yourself with the 30 weeks in dartmouth and what the next few years afterwards entails.
 

Maran?4

Midshipman
Yep considering I had fitness medical etc all done by October last year. I’ve been lost on the system somewhere a few times but no one will admit to anything!
Just pointless, is there any chance you could PM me some info regarding the AIB and the interview questions? My afco have been rubbish (as you can tell!)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
My afco have been rubbish (as you can tell!)
Can you post a timeline with regard your application?

It may well help identify issues that can be addressed for yourself and indeed others that follow. It's easy to point fingers generically but it would be ridiculous to suggests we don't make preventable errors, so all constructive feedack is very much appreciated.

One thing I would state is that for the first time I can ever recall we seem to have a surplus of Warfare Officer applicants and nowhere to employ them after they join...apart from perhaps using them to fill gapped ACLO billets which are increasingly common.

There have been significant software issues from November last year and certainly in my area, during this period, we've not had a Commissioned Officer (ACLO) in post for longer periods than they have actually had one in post....and it looks like this will be the case next year also with gapped billets aplenty.
 

VilliersBucks

Midshipman
i applied in march 2017 for warfare officer and sitting my AIB in october. its taken a very long time so dont pin your hopes on a date of entry.
How long a wait was it between your SIFT/careers discussion and the AIB?
Most likely cutting it far too close to the line for January entry even if I can get the AIB done before mid-November.

I would say familiarise yourself with the 30 weeks in Dartmouth and what the next few years afterwards entails.
Thanks for the heads up. From my understanding this: https://www.navy-net.co.uk/communit...-training-pipeline-career-progression.136187/ is still correct.
 
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The feedback we’re getting, particularly those that have just completed IWO(F) is that they are being placed on holdover. There’s a massive demand for Warfare Officers in a second job capacity but next too no first jobs. So some Warfare Officers are waiting till November/December to join the fleet.
 
Thanks for your reply, passed the PJFT easily. I thought intake was September, December and January, or so I have been told. When are the actual intakes for BRNC? I now have the interview coming up, is there anything specific relating to the thirty weeks at Dartmouth and the training pipeline that one would need to know? Seems to be altered year on year after having looked on previous threads.
You should know all the training pipeline in a reasonable amount of detail, including what follows from BRNC and the specialisations available to you in that role (although not much detail I found is available on the specialisations but knowing a few you could potentially be interested in is useful). Best of luck!
 

VilliersBucks

Midshipman
Passed the careers discussion, however, as expected, the earliest date for AIB is January with May intake. This works out in my favour as it allows for plenty of time to prepare for it so as to score as highly as possible because "points mean prizes". Although I was able to answer every question correctly, apparently I should have been given a pack containing information regarding the training pipeline and other such details. The online system seems to have a few issues as the application dashboard shows it at the suitability assessment stage despite having progressed past that.
 

Maran?4

Midshipman
Can you post a timeline with regard your application?

It may well help identify issues that can be addressed for yourself and indeed others that follow. It's easy to point fingers generically but it would be ridiculous to suggests we don't make preventable errors, so all constructive feedack is very much appreciated.

One thing I would state is that for the first time I can ever recall we seem to have a surplus of Warfare Officer applicants and nowhere to employ them after they join...apart from perhaps using them to fill gapped ACLO billets which are increasingly common.

There have been significant software issues from November last year and certainly in my area, during this period, we've not had a Commissioned Officer (ACLO) in post for longer periods than they have actually had one in post....and it looks like this will be the case next year also with gapped billets aplenty.
I sat the entry test in april 2017, failed by one point for officer. resat in august 2017 and passed by much more.
medical october passed, fitness test november passed (my local nuffield have the wrong times on file so i had to run it two minutes quicker. didnt question it at the time as i was nervous, i mentioned it to the afco and they just said you should be able to do it as fast as you can anyway but that could be fail or pass for some applicants!)
conducted the careers discussions in december and january. (had to travel up to london from pompey for these as there was no on in the pompey afco to do these? the home of the royal navy supposedly!
been waiting since then for an AIB date. ive even been given age waivers for the next two intakes as im now 25 soon to be 26. i heard almost nothing from the RN between february and july when i was asked for all my gcse degree certificates etc then got a call a month after i submitted them to say my gcse certifcates were the wrong ones and i had to request them from my school (which i left nine years prior!)

so its been a long road. my aib is next month so now preparing.

apologise for any spelling and grammar mistakes, keyboard has packed in and having to use touch screen!
 

VilliersBucks

Midshipman
Happy to answer any queries about AIB now that I've been selected, will provide a full write-up in due course about the process.
 
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