faqS ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT CENTRES AND STARTING YOUR TRAINING
The Assessment Centre
Will I still be able to attend assessment?
Currently both soldier and officer applicants are able to attend an Army assessment, regardless of where they live. However this may change at short notice if government advice on travel changes. Your Candidate Support Manager will be able to give you the most up to date information.
If you are an officer candidate, you will still be able to attend the Army Officer Selection Board in Westbury. If you require it an overnight stay can be accommodated in single person rooms.
How long is the Assessment?
As Covid restrictions ease, we are reintroducing the two day assessments. Your Candidate Support Manager will give you more details when you are booked on to your event.
Will there be extra measures in place at the Assessment Centre to ensure that the COVID 19 virus does not spread?
We have had to change our procedures at all Assessment Centres to guard against the spread of the COVID19 virus to ensure they are COVID secure. This will protect you and the Centre Staff:
- Medical Staff will be wearing protective clothing.
- Staff and Candidates will need to follow the Government social distancing guidance.
- Follow Government advice on the way to the Assessment Centre; Hands (ensure you wash your hands regularly) Face (face covering on public transport) and Space (ensure you maintain social distancing).
What if my circumstances have changed since I was initially given a date to attend Selection at Assessment Centre?
If you've had any changes to your personal circumstances, please contact your Recruiter or Candidate Support Manager who will be able to update your details.
What happens and what do I do should I start to get symptoms of COVID19 whilst I am at the Assessment Centre? Can I travel home via public transport if I did not come in a private vehicle? Will I be able to return to a future Selection event once I am better?
You should report feeling unwell straightaway to a member of staff. At which point, if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, we will isolate you in the Assessment Centre and then get you home as soon as is practical, ensuring that Public Health guidance is adhered to. If you travelled on public transport, you will not be able to use this method as this will place others around you at risk and is against Public Health guidance. You may return as soon as you are fully recovered which is currently assessed as being between 6-8 weeks. You will not be tested at the Assessment Centre for COVID-19.
I have a date to attend Assessment Centre, but someone in my household has COVID19 symptoms and/or is self-isolating. Can I still attend my Assessment Centre date?
If anyone in your household has COVID19 symptoms or is isolating after being in contact with someone who may have symptoms, call your Candidate Support Manager. You will need to rebook for a later date. We will check this detail before you start your journey with you to ensure that you do not travel when you should be isolating. Our staff will be following the same rules.
Can my parents still take me to the Assessment Centre?
Yes, however COVID restrictions mean that they may not be able to leave the vehicle when you arrive. You will receive full guidance in your joining instructions and you can always check with your Candidate Support Manager to confirm any details.
Has the fitness test at AC changed?
No – the fitness test is still composed of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (bleep test), medicine ball throw and mid-thigh pull. The MSFT is still being used instead of a 2km run to allow us to operate safely under COVID restrictions. The standards for non-Ground Close Combat roles have been reviewed, and new standards came in from January. We have updated all our information about fitness tests to reflect this change.
Starting your training
Can my parents still take me to Basic Training?
Yes, you will receive full guidance in your joining instructions, and you can always check with your Candidate Support Manager to confirm any details.
I have been given a start date for training, what if I'm isolating at home because someone in my house has COVID-19 symptoms?
You will receive an electronic health questionnaire which asks specific questions in relation to this and will provide the required advice, depending on the answers you give to the questions. If, you, or someone else in your household develops symptoms, you should not travel, and you should call the point of contact you have been given. Even if you are fully vaccinated, if you are identified as a close contact and due to start training in the next 10 days, your training start date will be delayed for 10 days.
What will happen if I get signs and symptoms of COVID when I start training?
It is really important that if you develop any signs and symptoms of COVID, however mild, that you report this immediately to your Chain of Command / medical centre. This is important so that if you do have COVID-19, it does not spread to other people on the camp. If you develop any signs and symptoms of COVID, you should expect to be isolated in line with Public Health England guidance. You will be reviewed by a member of the medical team and if appropriate a test will be taken for COVID-19. Until the test result is received, you will remain in isolation. If you are isolated in the accommodation blocks regular checks will be done to make sure you are ok. You will have a means of contacting medical staff if required.
At what point will I be classified as fully vaccinated?
If you are over 18 and 14-days post second vaccine you are considered fully vaccinated. If you are under 18’s you will only be receiving one vaccine, so will be considered fully vaccinated 14-days after first vaccination.
What will happen when I start training?
On arrival, you will be asked again to confirm you have no signs and symptoms of the virus. When you start training you will start a twice weekly self-test regime to pick up asymptomatic carriers and prevent the spread of the virus. You will also be expected to carry out social distancing (1m+) and mix only with your immediate household.
Will I be able to return home for leave?
Twice weekly self-testing is in place to allow you some freedoms including returning home for leave and weekend stand downs. To ensure a safe return to training after leave periods, you will be asked to complete an electronic health questionnaire 48hrs before you return to the workplace and continue to test twice weekly whilst you are on leave. On arrival you will be asked to confirm that you have no symptoms of the virus. If you or someone in your household tests positive, then the requirement isolate will be dependent on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, then you will need to isolate on close contact notification. You will then be required to take a PCR test. If your PCR comes back negative, you may leave isolation or return from leave. If you are not fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, you will be required to isolate for 10-days.
Will I still need to fill out an Electronic COVID Health Questionnaire when I return from leave or periods away from the course?
Yes, the electronic COVID health questionnaire is required for those starting or returning to training. As with all other COVID measures, the requirement to continue this will be reviewed frequently.
Will I be able to leave camp?
When you have free time, you will be able to access the facilities in the local area if you are conducting twice weekly testing. It is important to remember that COVID cases are still high in your age group so the risk of COVID has not gone. Testing does not remove the risk of you contracting the virus, therefore it is important that you continue to maintain regular hand washing and social distancing where able to do so.
How will training be different?
Various measures have been put in place to ensure the risk of any transmission to you is a low as possible. For example, you will be required to wash your hands more often, social distancing will be in place wherever possible, if you need to see the Doctor you will first be required to provide details of your symptoms electronically. All changes have been put in place to protect you as much as possible. You will also be provided with some additional Force Protection measures including Vitamin D, a Citriodiol spray (insect repellent) and antibacterial products.
What will my accommodation be like in Basic Training due to COVID?
If you are in shared accommodation, this will become known as your household. Your household will be required to maintain Social Distancing between other households to ensure the risk of any COVID transmission is kept to as low as possible.
Will we be able to conduct Adventurous Training and go on the Realities of War visits?
Yes, your course will be delivered in full.
Will I still have a passing out parade? Can my friends and family still attend?
We are now planning for guests to return to pass out parades, so it is likely that you will be able to invite your friends and family to celebrate your special day with you. However, COVID outbreaks are continuing to be actively monitored and if a live outbreak is occurring at the time of your pass out parade, you may find that the number of guests that you can invite will be limited or that the parade will need to go ahead with no guests.
Now that restrictions have been relaxed is there a chance that they might need to be reinstated?
Unfortunately, yes. We should not be complacent, until the virus is driven down to an extremely low level, the emergence of new variants remains a threat. This is likely to lead to regional restrictions which could require restrictions to be put back in place at pace. That is why it is so important that you make sure you follow the required Force Health Protection measures asked of you as these will help minimise the quick transmission of the virus if somebody is COVID positive.
Army Reserve training
My training course is less than 14 days long. Will I still be able to attend my training?
Courses of 14-days or less are still subject to restrictions on numbers in accommodation to ensure that social distancing can be maintained. Your Candidate Support Manager will be able to advise you on the situation on any course that you are due to attend.
What will happen if I test positive or get identified as a close contact whilst I am attending my Army Reserve training?
If you are required to isolate, you will be paid throughout the isolation period or until the end of the course – whichever is later.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be highly likely be required to remain on-site for the full 10-day isolation period even if this period continues beyond the scheduled end date of the course. If you are in the same section (household) as someone who test positive the need to isolate will be dependent on vaccination status.
If you are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, then you will need to isolate on close contact notification if you wish to continue training. You will then be required to take a PCR test. If your PCR comes back negative, you may leave isolation and continue training. If you are not fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, you will be required to isolate for 10-days.
Isolation facilities will be provided on camp. Movement home will only be by exception and a risk assessment will have to be completed by the training team and the Environmental Health team to understand the risk of you leaving camp. If you leave camp, this will mean you have withdrawn from the course.
Will I be able to continue training with my Section (household) if we have to isolate or test positive?
Training can continue online if you test positive or are a close contact who is required to isolate, but you will not be able to get out and about to train. Although it will be dependent at which point in the course that you were required to isolate, it is likely that you will be unable to complete the course in full. You will be advised on how to return to complete your training.
I am due to attend a training course that is longer than 14 days, but shorter than 21 days long. Will I still be able to attend my training?
Yes, there are no restrictions on any courses longer than 14-days at this current time.