This course is specifically designed for candidates wishing to become an Army Officer. The 1-Day Army Officer course will provide expert tuition and insightful guidance through the challenging process of becoming an Army Officer, including how to pass the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB).

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The Army Officer Selection Process

If you want to become an Army Officer, you will need to undergo and pass a series of assessments, tests and interviews. To begin with, you will need to attend an interview known as the Army Careers Advisor (ACA) or ‘filter’ (AFCO) Interview, whereby you will be assessed on whether or not you make a suitable candidate to become an Army Officer.

During this interview, you will need to convey the key qualities required for an aspiring Officer, and demonstrate high levels of skill, determination and knowledge mandatory for the Armed Forces.

This is the opportunity for you to find out not only if you make a suitable candidate for the Army, but whether or not a career in the Army is right for you.

If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, and you pass the medical check, you will then be given an information pack and details on how to apply to become an Army Officer, and you will then be put forward to attend the Army Selection Briefing Board.

In order to become an Army Officer you will need to undergo, and pass two boards: the AOSB Briefing and the Main AOSB Board.

The Army Officer Selection Process

The Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) Briefing is ultimately used to determine whether life in the Army is right for you. It is also an opportunity for you to prepare for the AOSB Main Board, which you will need to complete and pass in order to become a successful Army Officer.

The AOSB Briefing is a 2-day assessment held in Westbury, whereby you will be assessed on the following key areas:

  • Physical ability
  • Practical ability
  • Teamwork ability
  • Leadership ability

Each of these four key skills are assessed for a particular reason. Within the Armed Forces comes great responsibility. It is your job to maintain and develop these skills in order to protect and safeguard your force and conduct your work in an effective, quick and safe manner.

During your Briefing, you will be able to experience many of the areas that will be evaluated during the Main Board and so, it is important to put your best efforts forward and really make the most out of your AOSB Briefing.

The following elements in which you can try out during your Briefing stage, in order to gain an understanding of what to expect during the Main Board are as follows:

  • Practical Techniques;
  • Physical Fitness Tests;
  • Discussions with other candidates and professionals;
  • Aptitude Testing – Verbal, Numerical and Abstract Reasoning;
  • Planning Exercises;
  • Group Activities.

Once the 2 days have finished, and you have completed your briefing, you will be evaluated and assessors will discuss your performance. At the end of the briefing, you will be placed in one of four categories:

CATEGORY 1 – Invited to attend the Main Board

CATEGORY 2 – You will be invited to attend the Main Board after said period of time, during which you will need to work on your weaker areas discussed by the assessor.

CATEGORY 3 – the Board believes that you will fail if you attend the Main Board, but you can attend if you wish to do so.

CATEGORY 4 – unsuitable for the Main Board.

This exclusive course will teach you the best way to prepare for the selection process, and thus better your chances of being successful during both stages of the selection process.

Your aim should be to be placed in Category 1 or 2 at the very least. You will normally be invited back within 8 weeks of completing the Briefing. The briefing stage of the selection process is by no means an account of what to expect at the Main Board. You will be required to undergo a lot more tests and assessments, under pressurised situations.


During the AOSB Main Board, you will be invited back to Westbury where you will complete your selection process.

You will be divided up into groups of approximately 8 people for the duration of the assessment. These groups will consist of both men and women of a variety of different ages.

During the 1-day course, it will demonstrate the particular skills and qualities that the assessors will be looking for, and thus put your performance ahead of others.

During the Main Board selection process, you will be required to undertake a series of assessments in order to evaluate your skills, qualities and performance, and determine whether you are rightly suitable for a job in the Armed Forces.

To help you prepare for the AOSB Main Board and the challenges that you will face, our intensive 1-day course will provide you with clear, detailed and insightful information and tips designed to improve your scores at the Main AOSB Board.

The most effective way to prepare for the Main AOSB Board is to gain as much understanding about the process involved. During the AOSB Main Board, you will be expected to undertake and pass the following areas:

  • Aptitude Tests
  • The Army Officer AOSB Essay
  • Army Officer Lecturette
  • Planning Exercises
  • Group Discussions

The 2 key elements that you need to focus on for the Main AOSB Board are:

1. How well you perform

2. How you behave

How you treat each member of your group will be assessed, and so it is important to understand what the assessors are looking out for, and what you need to avoid. You will also be assessed on your attitude, which means being arrogant, loud, dismissive or ‘cocky’, will demonstrate a negative attitude towards discipline and ultimately affect your score.

Army Officer course outline

  1. Exclusive training to improve your skills and better your chances to become an Army Officer.
  2. In-depth explanations regarding the entire process of becoming an Army Officer.
  3. Detailed understanding of the assessable qualities that assessors look out for and how to better you chances and increase your scores.
  4. Comprehensive tutorials in relation to the assessments and tests that are compulsory to become an Army Officer.
  5. Insightful tips on how to behave at the AOSB Board, what to expect, what to avoid, what to include, and a general overview of what is required from a successful applicant.
  6. Sample tests and assessments for you to try out and ask questions.
  7. How to pass the planning exercises, group exercises, aptitude testing and the interview stages successfully. Useful tips and advice and sample responses and answers.
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‘I booked the one day course for my daughter who has applied for the British Army Gap Year Commission, she found the whole thing very helpful, and it gave her a great insight into what she may encounter during the recruitment process, she highly recommends the course and is hopeful that she will succeed in achieving her dream.’

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‘The course was so helpful as it gave you the chance to make mistakes in the group tasks before getting to the Officer board, it was also really helpful talking to other applicants! I couldn’t recommend it enough!’


Course tutor – david bebb

Dave’s knowledge and expertise regarding assessment centres in general is up there with the very best. His expertise is acknowledged and as a result he has been utilised not just by our customers for various roles they wish to secure but also by universities to help increase their students’ employability prospects. He has also provided training to help charities reward and assist their staff and volunteers. And he has also worked for a large CKP provider to ensure that their students’ outlay in both money and time had the best chance of reward by becoming a police officer. Dave has helped 100s of people throughout their preparation into a new career. Dave can help you be what you want to be.

This 1-day course is one of the leading courses for army officers and perfect for anyone who has strong and motivated aspirations to become a successful Army Officer. Guaranteed to improve your success, this course is run by a qualified tutor who will prepare you fully for the challenging process of becoming an Army Officer.

What’s covered?

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Main AOSB board
  • What to expect;
  • Preparing effectively prior to your Main Board assessment;
  • How to pass with high scores;
  • Sample tests and assessments.
The Army Officer interview
  • How to prepare successfully for your interview;
  • Effective responses that will guarantee to increase your chances of success;
  • Tips on what to avoid and pitfalls during the interview stage;
  • Sample questions and answers that are likely to be asked.
The aptitude tests
  • Sample questions and answers;
  • Detailed explanations;
  • Top tips and advice on how to work through the different aptitude tests.
The assessable qualities
  • What they are and how to achieve them;
  • Using them to your advantage during each stage of the application process.
The AOSB briefing
  • What to expect;
  • Preparing effectively for the AOSB Briefing to increase your chances to attend the Main Board;
  • How to pass with high scores;
  • Sample tests and assessments.



The total cost of the course is £97 plus vat.

Once you have paid for your course you will receive confirmation of your booking and further course details via email.


80 Churchill Square Business Centre, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent. ME19 4YU.

You will receive details of the training venue location in your booking confirmation letter.

FREE PARKING – There is ample FREE parking directly adjacent to the training course. You don’t have to pay a penny to park at our training venue.

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The course will run from 9am until 5pm. Please note, all Sunday courses will commence at 9:30am. Access to the room will be available from 9:15am.


Teas/Coffees provided. There are shops located within a 10-minute walk of the training venue, or you can bring your own lunch if you prefer.


Details of the most cost-effective hotels nearest to the training venue will be supplied in your booking confirmation letter.

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Army Officer Training Course

Sunday the 1st of December 2019

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