The Six HR Challenges for (Fitness) Businesses

Introduction In simple terms, human resources (HR) is about the management and development of people. However, as business owners/managers we have to think of our workers as more than numbers on a spreadsheet or database. Like a business, workers have wants and needs, both professional and personal. And, it is important to understand this, as… Read More


Are Members of EU Militaries Invited to Apply for the British Armed Forces?

All candidates for entry into the Armed Forces must: Be British from birth; Hold dual British/other nationality; or Be a: British National (approximately 66 million). Citizen of the Irish Republic (approximately 4.7 million people), or A Commonwealth citizen (composed of 53 members states of approximately 2.4 billion people). The EU is composed of 28 members… Read More

No. of Applications for Combat HR Specialist, 2014-2017

Table 1 highlights the number of applications for Combat HR Specialist in the AGC (SPS) between 2014 and 2017. Table 1: No. of Combat HR Specialist applications, 2014-2017 Rank/Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 Private 30/20 80/70 140/100 70/40 Lance Corporal 10/10 30/20 80/60 40/30 Corporal 10/¬ 30/30 70/50 40/20 Sergeant ¬/0 ¬/¬ 10/10 10/¬ Total… Read More

Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC) Statistics, 2013-2017

Table 1 outlines the pass rates for those attending the Royal Navy’s Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC). Table 1: Pass rate for PRNC Training Year Number Attended Attended (Referred) [Note 1] Failed to Attend 2013/2014 2024 104 11 2014/2015 2065 91 17 2015/2016 2124 162 30 2016/2017 1973 128 12 Notes If a candidate fails any… Read More

Army Officers Selection Board (AOSB) Reference Material

For those of you looking to attend the British Army’s Army Officers Selection Board (AOSB), you may find the material below of some use in preparing for it: AOSB – Aptitude Test, consisting of: Verbal reasoning. Numerical reasoning. Abstract reasoning. AOSB – Memory & Attention Test (MAT) & AOSB Personality Assessment. AOSB – Practice Planning… Read More

Pharmacy Technician: Recruitment & Selection Statistics (2013-2015)

What is the number of candidates who became a Pharmacy Technician within the British armed forces between 2013 and 2015? Table 1: Pharmacy technician recruitment and selection stats for 2013 to 2015 Year No. & Type of Candidates Successful at Selection Board Commenced Training 2013 11 Candidates (all in-service transfers) 5 Candidates (45%) 4 Candidates… Read More

The Assessment Process & The Illusion of Validity

When assessing candidates for their potential to be officers in the Israeli Defence Forces, Daniel Kahneman (2011) coined the phrase ‘the illusion of validity’, which he states was his first cognitive fallacy. Daniel states: “I coined the term “illusion of validity” because the confidence we had in judgments about individual soldiers was not affected by… Read More