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191 Kings Squad Pass Out 17.4.15

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  1. Miller06

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    Kings Squad Pass Out

    Fourteen of us set off on the five hour journey down to Lympstone on Thursday morning hoping that our Marine would be able to join us for dinner, unfortunately this wasn’t to be (he was given a room detail). After a few drinks in the early evening Exeter sunshine we all went to bed early in preparation for “Operation Get Grandad to Kings Squad!” (My dad had a stroke two years ago and uses a mobility scooter.)

    The next morning we arrived at CTCRM and my Dad was promptly whisked away by two very able recruits whilst we parked in the Kings Squad Car Park. He was thoroughly looked after all day. One of the Captains apologised to him for the poor disabled access but he didn’t notice it! After signing in and collecting our Visitor passes we met up with him again in The River Exe suite where a welcome cup of tea was waiting. Whilst we waited for the proceedings to begin those who hadn’t seen it before got a real taste of Lympstone life witnessing Camp circuits, fireman carries, several attempts by an exhausted recruit at the six foot wall and lots of Corporals shouting orders!

    We made our way into Falklands Hall for the Green Beret presentation and troop awards, whilst we waited for the guests of honour (General Sir James Dutton, Governor of Gibraltar and Caroline Quentin) the CSM told a few bad jokes. When he made the introductions my nephew aged two was the youngest guest and he was thrilled. There were lots of different personnel from various Armed Forces most notably a Dad from the Greek Navy who was introduced before all of the British Army and RAF folk, which raised a cheer! The training team and their illustrious careers were also given a rapturous round of applause!

    After all those introductions came the phrase I’d been waiting all morning to hear “Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Kings Squad” back went the curtain and there was my boy, front row, looking as handsome and proud as I’d ever seen him and my heart swelled with pride. When he marched out and received his beret and smiled at the camera for a split second I saw that little boy who always came in from school with a big smile for his Mum and I shed a few tears (this became a theme throughout the morning!)

    Once all the berets and awards had been presented and a DVD of training shown, we moved to the parade ground where we were greeted once again by warm sunshine. We took our seats and my heart was pounding as we waited for the troop to march in and form up. The troop was inspected, awards were presented by the General, each recruit was spoken to by him and all the dignitaries present,(my son admitted to googling Caroline Quentin as he’d not a clue who she was!) after all this they gave us an awe inspiring drill display along to the theme tune from The Last of the Mohicans (one of my favourite pieces of music – tears again). The synchronisation of those movements and the spectacle of the white gloved hands performing them are truly amazing! During the march past my nephew marched along (on reins) and shouted out “march mans, march!” I wept again whilst they marched to the hymn, I vow to thee my country. I’ll be honest and tell you that I found the General’s address a little upsetting when he said that “history proves that active service...will happen very soon...” I was shaking at the end of it.

    The march through camp was exhilarating seeing my son march with his troop being clapped by everyone lining the side of the road was superb, I could see him swelling with pride. A troop of recruits in camouflage lined the route too and my nephew shouted at them “dirty mans, wash your faces!”

    At lunch in The River Exe suite we spoke to the CSM, RSM and the Commandant, it raised quite a giggle when my sister asked “hmm Commandant...What do you do then?” His reply was extremely polite! One Corporal told my Dad what a good lad my son was and he was thrilled!

    During the proceedings the troop formed a square at the request of the Captain and one lad proposed to his girlfriend! Another sang the song he’d penned about the Captain for the Kings Squad Party which made everyone laugh.

    My son took my Mum and Dad down to the assault course and my Dad got off his scooter and tried to climb the 30 foot rope, he was so determined and did manage to get his feet off the ground!

    Despite the tears and a little fear, this was a wonderful, proud family occasion and one my son says he’ll never forget, neither will I son, neither will I!

    As I look back at the photographs today I am one immensely proud Mum.
     
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  2. TheForceV4

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    Awesome! It sounds like you had an absolutely great day :) you must be infinitely proud!
     
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  3. Mr D

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    Brilliant write up mumz,hope you got some pics of your dad on the wall:), I know your son has had some downs as well as up's on his journey but to his absolute credit and yours may I add,he has come out the other end as a member of possibly the biggest and best brotherhood on the globe.
    Please pass on my truly heartfelt congratulations to him and of course to you and the rest of your family,and best wishes to him for a long and successful career in the Corps.

    Well done Royal, Good effort. :):)
     
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  4. Charles001

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    @Miller06 - A wonderful account of what I'm sure was one of the proudest and happiest days of your life. His achievement is immense and your support for him is quantifyable by the green lid sitting on his head (a shared achievement which all began many years ago at your knees).

    Please pass on again my heartfelt congratulations to young Miller and I wish him an exciting, successful and fulfilling career.

    [Reading this brought my own memories flooding back and I'm now wiping away a tear].
     
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  5. BrigRat

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    I think this would be the king's squad marching towards the parade ground less than a week ago, in full blues, which I observed from the sick bay window just thinking "damn those guys look smart".

    Congratulations.
     
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  6. Chelonian

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    And rightly so too! Thanks for taking the time to tell us about the day.
     
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  7. Miller06

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    @Mr D I have a fantastic photo of my Dad on the assault course, yes. I shall pass on your congratulations. Thank you.
     
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    For all those aspiring to become a Royal Marine, I would hope Post#1 helps give you a sense of what it is to achieve your goal and an appreciation of how very important support from home really is.

    It's easy to take your eye off the ball or lose motivation...

    Now get out there & start training in earnest! :D
     
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    @Miller06 That was a wonderful write up of King's Squad pass out, I felt quite choked reading it - wonderful memories for you and your family to cherish. I hope your son has a wonderful and successful career as a Royal Marine! :D
     
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    :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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  11. Ninja_Stoker

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    For those not familiar with the emotive tone set by the music backdrop mentioned by @Miller06 in her article, have a listen:



     
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  12. Rob20

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    I vow to thee my country is a great British song.
    Last of the mohicans is just epic. And a great film ;)
     
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  13. Miller06

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    lyrics of I vow to thee, get me every time...
     
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    Went up to Edinburgh in August for the tattoo and it was phenomenal. Would recommend it to anyone.
     
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    993 Troop, my son's, also ankled to Last of the Moheehaws.
     
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    I have lots. Waiting for my daughter (who was official photographer) to upload them all, when she does I'll post a couple.
     
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    Lovely thank you. Can't wait to see them :)
     
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    @Miller06 looking at outfits to wear... Advice on shoes? Heels or no heels? Ha
     
  20. Miller06

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    There's a bit of walking to do so it depends on how long you can stand to wear heels, I wore a pair of platform heels that were comfier than stilettos but still looked ok with a dress. Hope this helps I probably know less about fashion than I do the Royal Marines!! ;)
     
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