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Master the Defence YOU SESSION Exams

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Military Leadership

Military Leadership Principles

One of the subtle differences between leadership and management is that leadership is more about influence, inspiration and providing guidance towards a common purpose or direction. In the context of military operations this is often in the interest of achieving a certain task or mission.

The dynamics of combat combined with the very intense demands of the military organisation and structure mean that leadership in the Army, Navy and Air Force has some unique considerations.

Here are nine principles that will help you prepare for discussions as well as direct questions (during interviews) on leadership and why YOU are ready to take on this extreme challenge.

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1.  Leading by example

2.  Leading with collaboration

3.  Mastering Delegation

4.  Mastering Communication

5.  Loyalty - A Two Way Street

6.  Know your people

7.  Know yourself and seek improvement

8.  Learn how to follow and learn the role of your immediate supervisor

9.  Develop and learn systems and processes for making decisions

Military Leadership Inspiration...

Lieutenant General Morrison Extract from National Young Leaders Day

Courtesy 2012 AFSA PAC in Jacksonville Florida

Steve Jobs on Vision and Certainty as a leader (Courtesy of Charisma on Command)

MAJ Dick Winters (extracts from Band of Brothers series)

COL Hal Moore (extract from We Were Soldiers)

Jocko Willink (Retd Navy Seal Commander) on Leadership

Skill Finder

Skill Finder Quiz

Welcome to the YOU Session Training Area. This first activity is designed to give you a quick idea of your current skill level across the range of question types you will face during your YOU Session exams.

The purpose of the activity is to allow you to focus your training on your weakest areas. Ideally you will cover ALL the lesson topics but if you want to speed up your preparation (or your test is tomorrow morning!) then this will guide you on where to spend your limited time.

You can expect to face two separate exams as described below:

General Ability Test

This test will likely cover the following question types:

  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Literacy / Word Meanings
  • Basic Arithmetic (Mathematics)
  • Number Series*
  • Numerical Reasoning*

Mathematics Ability Test

This test will likely cover at least the following question types:

  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Polynomials
  • Advanced Arithmetic (Mathematics)

*Your training for Numerical Reasoning and Number Series are grouped under the 'Mathematics Lesson' which encompasses ALL your mathematics training as much of it is related.

Advanced Pilot Mathematics

Advanced Pilot Mathematics


This part of your additional testing day assesses your aptitude in solving complex aviation mathematics problems. 

In this training area you will learn the most likely type of questions, how to solve them and finally practice with a timed exam to simulate the time constraints you may face on the day.

In your actual assessment you will face about 20 questions to be answered in 20 minutes. This is around one minute per question.

The tutorial for this lesson is provided in a downloadable PDF. This affords a better layout for more clear explanations.

Download your tutorial on advanced pilot mathematics below:

Estimation Maths

Estimation Mathematics


This phase of your testing measures your ability to make quick rough calculations. It is slightly different to the mathematics encountered in the YOU session mathematics test. 

In this testing emphasis is placed on speed of estimation around large or complex numbers.

In your actual assessment you will face about 30 questions to be answered in six minutes. This is around 12 seconds per question!

The tutorial for this lesson is provided in a downloadable PDF in the interest of clearer explanations and a wider layout.

Download your tutorial on making rapid estimations below:

Spatial Awareness

Spatial Awareness

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Aircraft Orientation

Aircraft Orientation


This is a test of your ability to read and understand two aircraft instrument readings. An artificial horizon and a compass.

From these two readings you will be required to determine the direction and position of an aircraft.

The artificial horizon indicator looks like this:

This shows you two pieces of information. Firstly, whether the aircraft is level, climbing or descending. Secondly, if the aircraft is banking left or right (or is level).

NOTE: The small black arrow shows you the 'top' of the aircraft. So if this arrow is in the bottom half, it means the aircraft is inverted (upside down).

The compass displays the direction of the aircraft. However, the trick here is to understand how that reading relates to you as the 'viewer' of the possible answers. The compass will look like this:

In most cases for this type of test you are always facing NORTH. This means that if the aircraft is facing NORTH, it is travelling away from you. If the aircraft is facing SOUTH it is travelling towards you. If it is facing WEST it is travelling to your left. If it is facing EAST then it is travelling to your right.

So in the case of the compass above, the aircraft would be travelling to your left.

In each question you will be shown both instruments and then four possible aircraft silhouettes. Your task is to select the silhouette which best matches the indications of the instruments.

For example you might see these two instrument readings:

We can see here that the aircraft nose is 'below the horizon' so it is descending slightly. It is also level (not banking left or right). The direction south-east indicates it will be travelling towards us and to the right.

Therefore the silhouette representation of the aircraft would look like this:

Let's look at another example for the following instrument display:

In this case the AH indicator shows the aircraft nose is above the horizon (climbing) and the aircraft is banking to the right. The direction of south - south - east indicates that the aircraft will be facing towards us and slightly to the right.

Therefore the silhouette representation of the aircraft would look like this:

In the aircraft orientation test you will face about 20 questions to be answered within about 6 minutes. This is about 18 seconds per question.

The remainder of this lesson is broken down into 2 stages. Practice and Exams. The practice quizzes are untimed and designed for you to take your time and make sure you learn how to read the instruments. Make sure to stop and read the explanations of each question you have difficulty with.

Once you can do this quickly, move on to the timed exam to test your speed and accuracy.

Becoming familiar with the process of converting the displayed instruments into the appropriate aircraft image will increase your speed and accuracy of this task.

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