shanevendrell wrote: »
* dons tin hat *
For me the PCA should be like every other stage - one go or you're out. Probably an unpopular opinion but if you think that from the time of applying in 1509 you had what roughly 8/9 months before anyone done a PCA, then to me that's more than enough time to have prepared physically.
There's no second turns at any other stage so don't see why that should be any different.
PCWannabe wrote: »
I can see where people are coming from who disagree with a retest but I definitely think nerves play a huge factor.
I trained for over a year and failed. Retested 12 weeks later and passed. I definitely don't think my fitness drastically increased in the 12 weeks I think it was down to my nerves on the day.
D4z wrote: »
Nerves, colds/flus, bad days would play a massive factor is any of the stages in my opinion.
I believe it is unfair that someone who fails the PCA merges back into their original AC merit score after they've passed. I don't understand why you get a second chance at the PCA but you don't any other stages.
At the end of the day this is a rat race for a dream career. Imagine the budget stopped at the person above you in the list but 1 of those candidates had a repeat due to an initial failure?
Homer01 wrote: »
I imagine they don't allow retests elsewhere as it would be a nightmare to arrange as well as costly as they were completed by Deloitte.
I do think think the retest is a good idea and not just because I am availing of it. If the PCA is potentially keeping women out then something needs to change unless we want a male police force.
Does a 'fitter' person make a better cop? I don't believe so. It helps and yes of course we all need a good level fitness but punishing those of us who needed a second chance doesn't seem fair.
What if someone appeals vetting or medical (I think you did d4z); should they drop down the list? Not saying a successful appeal is a failure but you get the gist.
I'm starting to regret this thread as it's going to create divisions and sides amongst and that's probably not healthy.
I'll drop out of here for a bit as it's getting very tense and while discussion is good it's not worth falling out with people
coolhand50 wrote: »
Not me. I was lucky enough to pass first time. Just for the record. I agree with whoever said about the nerves. And the dry air in that bloody hall! Mouth was so dry by the first corner. This is not an exaggeration. And really after 3 tough minutes I felt exhausted.