Mountain Leader

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  1. Underdog11

    Underdog11 New Member

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    Hello I'm new to this site and just wanted to ask a question or two.

    After passing out as a Royal Marine and have finished the two years GD, is there any specific requirements to be a Mountain Leader. Also have most of the specialisations been dropped, as on the Royal Marines website Mountain Leader doesn't seem to be there anymore.

    Thanks
    Max
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  3. RyanHorn

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    Does anyone know realisticaly what the chances of getting on an ML3 course are as first spec after RT ? Just wondering if its more sensible to pursue one of the less desirable combat SQ's as I keep hearing you have more chance if you make you're prefrence known as early as possible , yet there's a lack of information to make a sensible choice !
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    You will get a brief on specialisations on PRMC & again during RT.

    The simple advice is to make your aspirations known as soon as you join your first unit, don't sit back & leave it to chance.
  5. Underdog11

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    Thanks for the info. Just as this specialisation was the one I wanted to try and apply for once I hopefully pass out.
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    Bear in mind they're pretty much SF but without the title... and wage.
  7. Jord-1234

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    That's fine by telling them early, but if you have just passed training and turn up to your unit, and say you want to join the sbs or ML surely they will not take you seriously?
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    You have a routine interview with your reporting officer at your unit before your performance report is written. This is when your career aspirations should be expressed so you are noted as a volunteer.

    If your line manager doesn't know your preferred SQ, then it's no good complaining if you find yourself on a course you didn't want.
  9. Flightmedic

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    Mountain Leader specialisation

    Hello,

    I was wondering what the standards are (other than physical) for being selected for ML specialisation?

    I currently wear prescription glasses, and although I am within acceptable limits for joining the Royal Marines, I was wondering if applicants can wear Prescription eyewear in this specialisation?

    Thanks,
    Andrew
  10. MacheteMeetsBiscuit

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    I shouldn't really answer, seen as I'm not entirely sure, but UKSF require absolutely perfect vision... it is highly likely that ML is the same, seen as they are the closest thing you'll get to SAS Mountain Troop in the 'conventional' world (presumably SBS has a mountain/arctic group of men but the info available to the public suggests they specialise by squadron and not by troop, as opposed to the SAS who specialise by troop but not by squadron).
  11. DecaMarine

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    I don't think you do need perfect vision for SF. From what I've read on the stickies section about eyes you only need VA3 with CP3 no-longer-validshowthread.php?t=33327[/url] which is the requirement for swimmer canoeist. Please correct me if I'm wrong
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    I've also just recently spoken to a friend of a friend who spent some time at Lympstone as part of the staff, he's a Cpl in PW and he said when I asked about eyesight he said "I don't think you need perfect eyesight but would need a few years experience first and have an indestructable body that never breaks!" which was enough for me :amuse:
  13. Flightmedic

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    Cheers mates for the replies!
  14. hoofin

    hoofin Commando Officer - Moderator

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    The ML branch is expanding its intake, and due to pay and a number of other factors there is a lot of interest this year. Lots of people think they want to do it but when it comes to the crunch do not go down for the selection. There is an ML3 course and there are other courses which can help, also time spent in the Arctic before hand is always beneficial although I am not sure if it is compulsory.
  15. Flightmedic

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    I was wondering if you might know the typical amount of time it would take before being able to apply to ML training? I know they say 18 months to 2 years General Duties is required typically before specialisation, but how likely could you be choosen this early? As well, do you know if you need perfect vision to serve as an ML, or is it the same requirement for General Duties? Cheers!
  16. Ninja_Stoker

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    Those undertaking ML3 course can usually volunteer within 18-24 months of completing RT as stated.

    Visual Acuity standards are the same as GD.
  17. VTomasi

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    I was acquainted with a serving Royal who was selected to take part in the ML acquaint (i.e. selection course). He said it's one whole absolutely horrendous week at Lympstone, woken up middle of the night every night for a bit of gentle exercise.. 300 points on the RMFA also required.
  18. JMC

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    Is ML open to Officers?
  19. VTomasi

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    Yes, it is.
  20. JMC

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    Phew, thanks VT.

    Minor heart attack for a miniute there!

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