What Happens When I Apply?
Once you have applied for the British Army, you will receive an online medical questionnaire. After filling it in, you will be invited to your first interview with a candidate support manager. There, you will be asked about your physical fitness, achievements, and interests. The candidate support manager will also supply answers to all your questions, along with explanations about the different available army jobs.
After the interview, you will also have to get your medical forms filled in at your GP.
Providing you have been found eligible, you will be invited to a two-day evaluation at the Army Development and Selection Centre (ADSC). There, you will take a number of recruitment tests, group activities, a medical examination, and an interview.
Army Development and Selection Centre
The assessment usually takes two days, including an overnight stay. Travel, accommodation and meals are provided at no cost to you. Do not forget to bring all the documentation, clothing and equipment as instructed in the invitation to the selection centre.
- BARB Test - Your very first aptitude test at the selection centre is the BARB test (British Army Recruit Battery). This test measures your mental ability to understand information and solve problems. You will be required to answer the questions as quickly and accurately as possible. The computer will then automatically generate your General Trainability Index (GTI) score, based on the number of correct answers and time taken. The GTI score determines which army jobs are suitable for you. The higher you score, the more roles you will be able to choose from. Learn more about the BARB Test.
- Numeracy Test - On this test you will have to solve mathematical problems presented in a variety of ways. The questions are simple word problems, requiring basic arithmetic and geometry knowledge. The test helps to determine which roles are suitable for you. Learn more about the Numeracy Test.
- Literacy Test - This tests your basic reading comprehension and writing skills. Learn more about the Literacy Test.
*Candidates with Maths and English GCSE certificates of A-C are not required to sit the Numeracy and Literacy tests.*
- Technical Selection Test - Applicants eligible for consideration for a technical role will also be required to take the Technical Selection Test. In this test, you will be given more mathematical questions, resembling GCSE level. More about the Technical Selection Test.
Medical Examination - You will have to go through a thorough medical examination confirming that you are fit enough for the various physical tests.
Physical Tests - The physical tests consist of 3 parts:
- The power bag lift, in which you will have to lift a power bag from the ground to a 1.45m high platform. The weight increases from 15 kg to 40 kg by 5 kg each time.
- Jerry can carry, which requires you to lift two jerry cans, each weighing 20 kg, and carry them a set distance.
- 2.4 km (1.5 mile) run. This is usually done in the morning of day 2.
*The results you need to achieve in these tests differ depending on the job role you applied for.
The Icebreaker - This is an opportunity to introduce yourself to the other candidates, as you will be giving a short presentation about yourself and on a topic chosen for you.
Memory Test - You will be given a short lesson about an army topic on day 1, in which you will be able to take notes. On the next day you will have to take a test about the lesson, without using your notes.
Teamwork - You and the other recruits will be given several team tasks that are both mentally and physically challenging. You will have to work together to succeed. You will be assessed according to your involvement, team spirit, motivation, respect to others, and ability to perform under pressure.
Interview - At the end of day 2, an interviewer will review your performance and results throughout your entire stay at the selection centre. The interviewer will tell you the results and will further assess your suitability for employment in the army.
What Happens After the Assessment at the Army Development and Selection Centre?
Once you have finished all assessments, you will be given a grade. The grade determines how long you will have to wait until initial training. Your candidate support manager will contact you within two working days to confirm the outcome of the assessment. The candidate support manager will discuss the next stage of your application, which involves the final role offer, depending on the entire assessment process and the available positions in the army.
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