What is the Retirement Age 55 Scheme (RA55)?

2014DIN01-109 introduced a policy of targeted re-alignment of retirement age to 55 (RA55) for those officers serving under pre-3 Tier Commission (3TC) terms and conditions in some specialisations of the Naval Service Officer Corps. Along with the Commission Extension 60 Scheme (CE60), these two schemes were introduced to address forecast manning deficits in the Royal… Read More


8 Top Tips for Ending Your (University) Personal Statement

For those seeking a career as an officer in the armed forces, university can be a very important stepping stone on that journey. Personal statements for university are an important tool for admissions teams to learn about, and understand, you – and why you want to enter university. As much as your whole personal statement… Read More

Does Smoking Impair the Response to a Physical Training Regime?

Research Paper Title Smoking impairs the response to a physical training regime: a study of officer cadets. Abstract One hundred and sixty five officer cadets completed a 6 month physical training programme; 47 (28%) were smokers and 118 (72%) were not. Improvements in fitness were measured by the Army Personal Fitness Assessment (APFA) which scores… Read More

CHAOS Stand For…

CHAOS Chief Has Arrived On Scene (USCG/Fire Department adaptation to Army usage) Colonel Has Another Outstanding Suggestion Colonel Has Arrived On-Scene (Disaster Control Response) Creates Havoc Around Our Systems There are a number of other acronyms, but the above are related to the military.

A Leadership Framework at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Research Paper Title Sandhurst Occasional Papers No.20. Be, Know or Do? An Analysis of the Optimal Balance of the Be, Know, Do Leadership Framework in Future Training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Abstract The focus of this research is to analyse the perceived optimum balance of the Be, Know and Do leadership framework, in order… Read More

Military Strategy: Planning Estimates & Supplying Reality

“The reason for giving up the pursuit is almost always the quartermaster’s growing difficulty in spanning the lengthened supply routes with his available transport. As the commander usually pays great attention to his quartermaster and allows the latter’s estimate of the supply possibilities to determine his strategic plan, it has become the habit for quartermaster… Read More

Military Organisation: Energy, Norms & Tempo

“If there is anyone in a key position who appears to be expending less than the energy that could properly be demanded of him, or who has no natural sense for practical problems of organisation, then that man must be be ruthlessly removed. A commander must accustom his staff to a high tempo from the… Read More