The Initial Officer Training Residential at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a fantastic weekend and it was good to see again some of the people who were with me at CFCB Westbury.
The Residential weekend is the only course I have attended in the ACF where I haven’t had an overview of what was involved before attending, but it certainly didn’t disappoint.
We were split into syndicates – which I thought was very “westbury-esque” – and attended a number of lectures that briefed us on the tasks that we had to complete during the weekend. There were many good group discussions including ‘what it means to be an ACF officer’, ‘values & standards’ and a number of practical ‘role playing’ scenarios where each officer in turn takes the lead to resolve the problem. On the Saturday evening we had a dinner night with a number of VIP guests, including Brigadier Matthew Lowe MBE, Deputy Commander Cadets at Regional Command who delivered the keynote speech.
To stay at RMA Sandhurst, the centre of Army Officer training, and receive such a superb weekend of tutoring really was the high point of my year-long officer training, and I would encourage anyone considering becoming an ACF Officer not to let the IOT element of the Commissioning process put them off.