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AOSB Briefings run throughout the year and take place both during the week and at
weekends. The procedure for both is identical are available to Regular and TA candidates.
Depending on your choice it will commence on a Monday and finish on a Tuesday or
commence on a Saturday finishing on a Sunday lunch-
You will collectively receive a central introduction from an Army Colonel who will be acting as the President of the Board.
Prior to the start of the assessments you will receive an comprehensive introduction on the Army Officer selection process and procedure of both the AOSB Briefing and Main Board.
This is the first stage of your assessment and will be used as an ice breaker after being split down into groups of 8 candidates. This will take place as an informal discussion about contemporary affairs, in your group of eight candidates. Find out more...
Various assessments will assess your verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning. Find out more...
The Planning Exercise is a written scenario involving a number of problems, which you are required to analyse and solve. You will be taught how to approach the problem and given an example to solve. Find out more...
A series of practical techniques, useful for the Main Board will be taught.
You will complete a shuttle run (males should aim to reach level 10.2 and females level 8.1) and an obstacle course; you will need to be physically prepared for this. This will require you to start a structured physical training plan well before the Briefing. Find out more...
When you have completed your Briefing, the Board will meet and assess your performance. You will be fully appraised of the Board’s view during your final interview and placed in one of four categories:
CATEGORY ONE: You will be invited back to attempt the Main Board.
CATEGORY TWO: You will be invited back, but given a delay (usually 6, 12 or 24 months) in order to address a particular aspect of your performance.
CATEGORY THREE: In the view of the Board, you would probably be unsuccessful at Main Board. You are permitted to attend Main Board if you wish to do so.
CATEGORY FOUR:The Board judges that you are unsuitable for officer training. You will not be permitted to continue with your application.