Army Officer Selection Board

Army Officer Selection Board

Army Officer Selection Board

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The Army Officer Selection Board, more usually referred to as the A.O.S.B., is located at Leighton House, Westbury in Wiltshire, England, and runs selection courses which must be passed before being offered a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Selection boards are run for entry into the Regular and Territorial Army. Other boards are also run for Army Scholarships, entry to Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, Professionally Qualified Officers in the Army Medical Services, Army Legal Services Branch and the Royal Army Chaplains' Department, as well as for Army Cadet Force Officers.

AOSB Briefing

This is a two day course which must be passed before proceeding to the main AOSB. It is a relatively easy course intended to give potential officers an idea of what is required and expected on the main board. There will also be a series of three aptitude tests on verbal reasoning, numeracy and abstract reasoning. The results of these tests form an overall Officer Intelligence Rating, which will be carried forward to Main Board.

Before leaving the AOSB Briefing, candidates are assigned one of four possible categories:
  1. Allowed to proceed to the main board as soon as desired.
  2. Required to delay for between three and twenty four months (often awarded to younger candidates with potential ability but insufficient maturity, or for remedial purposes such as to improve upon Physical fitness)
  3. The candidate is considered unsuitable on the basis of their showing at the briefing......
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