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198 Troop Kings Squad Pass Out - 6/8/2015

Discussion in 'Pass Out' started by Pingedsole, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. Pingedsole

    Pingedsole Well-Known Member

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    Apologies for the late reply. I am now tucked up safe and warm at The Shippon Guest House in Lympstone so if you are sitting comfortably I'll begin....

    Wow, what an amazing day. Very emotional and one I am unlikely to ever forget.

    A quick cup of tea/coffee in the River Exe Club then into Falklands Hall for the start of a great day. Thankfully the lights stayed dimmed for most of the presentations so I did not embarrass myself too much.

    The Sergeant Major when introducing the serving and ex military showed just how quickly he and no doubt others can change their demeanour when called upon. One second having a laugh whilst introducing an RM colour sergeant to ripping a marine a new one as he had worn civvies and not lovvats to his brothers pass out. It did not help when the marine also 'neglected' to call him sir!! Quick as a flash back to the jokes by asking us all to close our eyes whilst he introduced two former SAS members.

    Once the formalities were out of the way, it was time for the green berets to be presented to the troop.

    As soon as the curtain opened and we saw the whole troop formed up in 3 ranks, there was instant clapping, whistling and whooping. It was plain to see that everyone was bursting with pride. The whole troop seemed to stand an inch taller and some looked to have a tear in their eye also.

    One by one the recruits marched out to be presented with their berets and to also have a photograph taken whilst being presented the beret by the CO. This photo is free so when you go back to the River Exe Club it will be available for you. Just find the relevant photo for you and pick it up.

    Our son is the youngest of our kids and it was very surreal to see him stood there as a young man wearing the green beret. His mum struggled throughout to see her 'wee boy' take up the mantle of a Royal Marine Commando but rest assured she loved every minute. For us it was only 9 months ago we waved him off but for him it must surely seem like a lifetime. The physical and mental growth was plain for all to see.

    Once the beret presentation was complete, it was time for the individual awards.

    198 troop awards were won by pretty much one recruit. A certain marine won The Kings Badge, The Commando Medal and The PT award too. A very decent bloke according to my son. The awards very much justified. There were also awards for best shot, an academic prize as well as certificates for the diamonds.

    During our time in Falklands Hall we were also treated to a viewing of the troop video, well some of it as we had to make our way to the parade square. Not my taste in music but very well edited and I am looking forward to seeing it in full when we get home. I was under the impression that this was the video you pay for but that is not the case. That is for the official one that is taken on the day and is sent to you at a later date. The troop one filmed via a Gopro was given to us by our son later. There was no charge for this.

    We moved up to the parade square and being from Scotland, I got very confused by the weird glowing thing in the sky that caused us all to don sunglasses and wave Kings Squad timetables in front of our faces. A beautiful day complemented the hard work and effort the troop had went to as the drill display was outstanding although I continually lost my son. One minute he was there, the next on the other side moving in the opposite direction. They were weaving in and out of each other and mixing it up with the band too. All first class. There was even a single shot volley from the troop whilst on the march. How they managed to pull off a great display with just a weeks practice is astounding. I was later told they had been doing drill all week from 7am to 5pm and sometimes later.

    The final words that everyone wanted to hear had arrived. Royal Marines, to your duties, quick March. We then got to line the road within CTC whilst the troop marched past led by the CTCRM band who played beautifully. This allowed you to get (almost) within touching distance of the troop and was a great photo opportunity. Again, much applause and whistling ensued. This march past signified the completion of Kings Squad Pass Out.

    The final piece of admin for parents and partners alike was to pick up and pay for the photographs that were ordered by the recruit. I think in total we paid £70 for 2 troop photos, 3 individual ones in blues with green beret and 3 in blues with peaked cap. We also paid £25 for the KS video recorded today and decided we would get the canvas print of him in his blues and beret. This was quite pricey at £60 but it was a special day and we wanted as many mementos as possible.

    At this point a buffet lunch was also available in the Exe Club. About 30 minutes later the troop joined us and all the food dissappeared within minutes.

    All in all a brilliant day and one I will treasure forever as I am sure everyone who has and is yet to experience it will also.

    Now there is the small matter of transporting all his kit home. Luckily we had other family in a seperate car who took some away otherwise it would have been impossible. Be warned, if you do not own an estate car, hire one. You will need it. Better still, a Luton van.

    For all the folks on here yet to experience Kings Squad Pass Out I can only say, you will love it.

    Good luck 199 and all future troops.
     
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  2. Banshee

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    Awesome dairy well done to your son
     
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  3. Madmaw

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    @Pingedsole congratulations to your son and family " it's pure dead brilliant"
     
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  4. the happy sloth

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    Know a lad who passed out as an original yesterday, glad you had a good day!:)
     
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  5. R1chB1ch

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    Made me cry @Pingedsole. It's all so fresh in my mind from 2 weeks ago. Glad you and your family had a good day, enjoy your summer break now :)
     
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  6. indigo7

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    Brilliant write up, I can't wait to see my OH's troop pass out, if I'm lucky I'll get to go to 2 during his time at CTC.
     
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  7. ajportland

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    @Pingedsole Yes, as @R1chB1ch , I am in the pub having a ' quick half' after work and blubbing, yet again! Brilliant review. We'll never tire of this.

    ( As an aside, my lad's school mate has just walked in, just finished week 4 of RT. Luckily he's got a 'Nod catcher' with him. Don't think he'll stay awake past his first pint!)
     
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  8. WelshLad97

    WelshLad97 Royal Marines Commando

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    Brilliant write up!
     
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  9. Ninja_Stoker

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    It is an excellent insight. Hopefully it illustrates the pride your family (& partner) feels when you achieve your goal - and the respect you earn from your peers. The training team also share the sense of achievement. Not everyone can become a Royal Marine.
     
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  10. Pingedsole

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    I totally neglected to mention the training team but suffice to say these are top blokes. It was no coincidence to be told by the CO that they often come top of there respective specialisation courses and thus are selected to be part of a recruit training team.

    My son continually speaks of these guys with total respect. In his words, 'you can't argue with someone who has seen it and done it'.

    So, a belated congratulations and deepest thanks for 'looking after' and moulding my son into a bootneck. It is very much appreciated.
     
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  11. jono2bono

    jono2bono Royal Marines Commando

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    Are you mr o'malley?
     
  12. Pingedsole

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    jono2bono Royal Marines Commando

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    Mr. miller?
     
  14. jono2bono

    jono2bono Royal Marines Commando

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    Haha the marine in civvies was my brother
     
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  15. Pingedsole

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    Ah *text deleted*. Nightmare for him. Was not sure actually what he said to the WO2.
     
  16. jono2bono

    jono2bono Royal Marines Commando

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    yeah i felt a bit bad for him after i heard that he got ripped into in front of all the families haha
     
  17. Pingedsole

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    Was not that bad to be honest. I imagine if it was any other time it would have been ok.
     
  18. Former AE

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    Fantastic day, it really was enlightening to see how the family's of the new Royal Marines are treated and you are now members of the Corps Family, even liked the music on the video ! The drill display was outstanding considering the amount of time they had to get it right, they were still at it at 2100 the night before, after a quick chat with the training team about my oppo's son who passed out it seemed the info I gave him at the start helped ie "You can't crack me, I'm a rubber duck !" when things got hard. I stayed down for a couple of extra days and only managed halfway up the 30' ropes but managed the endurance course at walking pace but the run ashore in Exmouth got me in the end !
    The whole troop did well through out and now the real bit of earning that Coveted Green Beret begins, enjoy and welcome to the best boys club in the world.
     
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  19. bobbendeb

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    Excellent report, what a great explanation of your day. What time of day did you have to arrive, looking forward to a visit hopefully in not the too distant future ourselves
     
  20. Former AE

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    Its an early start around 0800 so it is worth booking a B&B beforehand. Will be back down for the pass out of 201 Troop in October 40 years after passing out in the original 201 Troop.
     
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