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Army Reserve Potential Officers

There are four ways to join 299 Parachute Squadron as an Officer:

1. Direct Entry Candidates: Candidates with no previous military experience make an initial application on-line and complete the Reserve Officer application. To apply you must have 180 UCAS points and be 18 years old. You need to have started the training based module of Reserve Commissioning training before your 50th birthday. Many Direct Entry Applicants firstly join the unit as a soldier and once they have completed initial training apply through the soldier entry route. The advantage is they gain relevant experience while going through what can be a long Officer application process.

2. Soldier Entry Candidates: Serving Reserve soldiers who wish to apply for a Commission with 299 Parachute Squadron should in the first instance apply to the Officer Commanding (OC) for a suitability interview. Telephone: 01904 66 8332.

3. Officer Training Corps (OTC): Cadets serving in the OTC who wish to join 299 Parachute Squadron should ideally Commission through the OTC and then transfer into 299 Parachute Squadron. However, candidates may also transfer as Officer Cadets. Candidates should approach their Chain of Command and arrange an interview with the OC 299 Parachute Squadron. Telephone: 01904 66 8332. .

4. Senior Soldier Selection: Royal Engineer Warrant Officers and exceptionally senior non-commissioned officers can apply to be an Officer in 299 Parachute Squadron and in the first instance should discuss their application with the OC 299 parachute Sqn on 01904 66 8332.

Direct Entry Officer Route

Any person wishing to join 299 Parachute Squadron as an Officer will be interviewed by the OC to assess initial suitability. All Officers serving with the squadron will be expected to complete the physically demanding Pre-Parachute Selection Course (P Coy). Prior to Commissioning, all candidates must pass the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) which is conducted in two phases:

AOSB Briefing Course: This is held over a weekend at Westbury House in Wiltshire and aims to assess and prepare you for the AOSB Main Board.

AOSB Main Board: This is a two-and-a-half day course at Westbury House. You will undertake a series of academic and physical tests to assess your suitability to become an Army Officer. On achieving a Main Board Pass you will be enlisted in an OTC to complete Officer Training. While with the OTC 299 parachute Squadron will continue to support and mentor you.

Subject to passing AOSB Main Board there are 3 routes to Commissioning:

Route 1 – Consolidation Course (8 weeks full time) at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Route 2 – Modular Course comprising of 6 weekends basic training, 10 weekends officer training, 9 day field exercise, 3 week Commissioning course. This process is usually completed over 24 months and is mainly run at your OTC.

Route 3 – Hybrid Course (A combination of consolidation and modular training which can be completed in a 12 month period)

The module content for the Commissioning course is shown below:

Module 1: This consists of basic soldier skills.

Module 2: A ten weekend (or a two week) course. Focuses on leadership skills, command tools (combat estimate and orders), tactics, leadership, doctrine and navigation.

Module 3: A five day battle camp and one weekend. It is the application of the theory taught in Module 2, practicing leadership in the field with all the additional pressures this brings.

Module 4: A three week Commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). Around half of the course is spent on exercise with leadership continually assessed in a series of tactical and non-tactical scenarios. Long hours, little sleep and a series of testing command appointments serve to test the Officer Cadet's ability to command effectively when under pressure. At the end of this Module successful candidates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants, parade at RMAS and march up the steps of Old College following long standing tradition.

Module 5: Three weekends of post commissioning special-to-arm training.

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