99.99% need not apply?

Geryon

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99.99% need not apply?
Lets do the math;

If it where 1% it would be 1/100
If it where 0.1% it would be 1/1000
If it is 99.99% that need not apply then 0.01% would pass, meaning 1/10,000 would get through.

So, 1 in 10,000 would pass, according to wikipedia there are 7500 royal marines, so that means there would have to be 75,000,000 people in the united kingdom. According to www.statistics.gov.uk there are 60,975,000 people in the united kingdom. So, it is actually, 1/8130.

Royal Marines, 99.9877% need not apply. Not quite as good as 99.99% need not apply.
 

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still pretty impressive tho! i thought the whole 99.99 need not apply was a bit of an exaduration. obviously not!
 

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As a mathematician i can say that its accurate enough, amazing though when you think about it, didn't realise that they had actually calculated it relative to the population.

Edit: Ok if you rounded up then that looks screwed.
 

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I dont think they did, was probably just luck! *text deleted*, And no it's not close enough, /me campaigns for the slogan to be changed to "Royal Marines, 99.9877% need not apply"
 

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"99.9877% Need not apply" wouldn't look so good on adverts either :(
 

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I think it would make it look like they wern't lieing, 99.99% sound like a made up figure.
 

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Dont forget to add the rest of the Commonwealth countrys in who can join the Royal Marines. Its actually less than 0.01%.
 

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Well if you count all the people who are eligible to apply like the folks from the British Commonwealth countries then the %age will be above 99.99% haha

Edit - never seen Illustrious' post... But still I think he should do the math...
 

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1,921,974,000 = commonwealth population

0.00039%

so 99.99961% need not apply. I cant believe Im admitting this but I struggled working out the percentage. Havent used math in so many years.
 

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This is brilliant. So we WILL be in the BEST 0.00149% of the country?

I can't do maths like that at all. I'm Cr*p at %ages...
 

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Meaning

Guys, the saying more or less means, not everybody has got what it takes to become a Royal Marine Commando. Many will try, but only a small percentage will make it through.

Their reputation for fitness, ardous training,endurance & professionalism in the field, along with their repetoire of fighting skills precedes them amongst the world's elite soldiers.

They are the cream of the crop. However, with this reputation comes the highest of standards that are required to make the grade. Which is by no means easy. Its not going to be, nor is it meant to be easy.

There is, undoubtedly, a high failure rate, and people don't make the grade for all kinds of reasons.

But, if you want to be part of this family bad enough and have the guts and determination to succeed where others have failed.

Then, you're exacly what the Corps are looking for.

All the very best

Steve
 
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