A Day in the life of a Royal Marine

stoker0nine

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A day in the life of a Royal Marine...

Anyone know what that's like?

The question I'm getting at is, which can probably be answered by any current serving Marines on this board or maybe Ninja, when not on operations what does a general day as a Royal Marine include when based at barracks? Anyone have a daily schedule or something to see the kind of general things you would do?

I spoke to a neighbour a while ago who is serving in 42 (I think), and he told me his schedule for the previous Monday was;

8am: Up and out of bed for role call? (Can't quite remember that part, something along those lines)

11am: 1 hour lecture (On new vehicles or something, can't quite remember that) *text deleted*He had nothing planned up until 11am so went back to bed.*text deleted*

12am: 2 hour dinner break

2pm: 2 hour five-a-side RM footie tournement.

4pm: "Clocked off, went out an' got pissed."

That sound about right to anyone?

Sounds like an awesome life out of operations if that's the case.

Cheers.

S
 

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Jeeezz if thts what lifes like outside of operations and exercises then thats like the sweetest job ever! Imagin tht being your regular day hours... throw in operations and exercises and you are livin the dream!!
 

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Jeeezz if thts what lifes like outside of operations and exercises then thats like the sweetest job ever! Imagin tht being your regular day hours... throw in operations and exercises and you are livin the dream!!

I agree.

Apparently it's '*text deleted* being on Operations (fighting a war, etc.) is the most dangerous job (in the world?), so when you're not on operations they try to make it the easiest job (in the world?) to kind of balance it out so service personel aren't under constant pressure and are able to kick back and relax.
That's the reason I've heard for it.

Hopefully someone can shed light on this and give a good insight to daily routines outside of operations.
 

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to be honest with you, i wouldnt be surprised if this was the case. of course, you will have a lot of fitness training whilst off operations, but i *text deleted* expect it will be anything like as tough or as regular as CTC. of course then you have sure base security, which im sure will be on a rota system... the base has got to be guarded 24/7.

but ninja really has got to shed some more light on this, because i dont really know what you do when you not on tour?! *text deleted*.. maybe this is deliberate, because maybe they really do do *text deleted**text deleted* all... but dont want to be seen to be wasting tax payers money!

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I agree with that too.

He also told me that you do do plenty of gym work (PTI takes your troop on runs and things to stay fit), and you still do plenty drill and simulated firefights, but no where near as much as in PRMC or RT.

My AFCO adviser said to me, almost word for word here:
"It's out in Afghan and on operations where you make your real money. Back in the UK it's all beer money as you mainly just chill out, going ashore virtually every night getting lashed and trapping (I think that means going out on the town every night and pulling birds :doh:)."

He also said:
"After passing out of RT, you will hate going back to Lympstone to do further training '*text deleted* you're back to getting up early an' *text deleted**text deleted* compared to when you're in your barracks getting up when you like an' chilling."

How amazing does all that sound. :praise:
 

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This is the one thing that never seems to be told on this forum. "Life after RT"


Weird how no past or present Royal Marines really talk about the day-to-day lifestyle.
 

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After an operational tour you will take any outstanding annual leave, post deployment leave and undertake further training courses & exercises. Generally you can expect to work one weekend in four in normal circumstances & are able to go home the remaining 3 weekend per month. You normally work, depending where you're based, mon-thurs 0800-1600 and subject to the workload travelers usually knock-off at lunchtime on a friday to travel home if they can be spared by their unit. Every evening you are not duty, you are free to go off the base to do as you please.

Understandably the tempo is reduced to that of when you are operational, but it would be naive in the extreme to believe that every day is like the one at the start of this thread!

You still have to work a 37.5 hour week, still keep duties, still have to keep yourself fit and are still accountable to the taxpayer for earning a living.
 

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After an operational tour you will take any outstanding annual leave, post deployment leave and undertake further training courses & exercises. Generally you can expect to work one weekend in four in normal circumstances & are able to go home the remaining 3 weekend per month. You normally work, depending where you're based, mon-thurs 0800-1600 and subject to the workload travelers usually knock-off at lunchtime on a friday to travel home if they can be spared by their unit. Every evening you are not duty, you are free to go off the base to do as you please.

Understandably the tempo is reduced to that of when you are operational, but it would be naive in the extreme to believe that every day is like the one at the start of this thread!

You still have to work a 37.5 hour week, still keep duties, still have to keep yourself fit and are still accountable to the taxpayer for earning a living.


Thanks for that Ninja, that helped! My AFCO adviser did mention about knocking off earlier sometimes on a Friday aswell.

My next door neighbour did specify to my that every day isn't like that, he just told me that that's what that day looked like '*text deleted* they didn't have much planned that day (or something).

So are you able to shed any light on specific day to day tasks? Exactly some of the duties you would be doing in barracks the working hours of 0800 and 1600 when not away on operations?

Also, do you get a daily schedule given to you at the start of the week to tell you what you're on this day at this time, like being at college or something? I haven't actually heard that one I'm just trying to build up a picture of what it's like.

And two more questions, off topic, do you know roughly how many days additional Leave is accrued from going on a 6 month operational tour?
And do you know what the additional bonus pay rate is for being on a tour? '*text deleted* you get bonused for being away from barracks for longer than 10 days if that's right? Just spoke to a serving Marine who said a lot of people who come back from their first tour tend to go off and buy flash cars (not ferrari's or anything, obviously) or put deposits on houses and things with the cash that's mounted up in the bank while they've been away. :applaus:

Cheers again.

S
 

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It's fairly true to say no two days are alike, so a typical day or week is rather hard to describe. The danger is if you quote a full day, then everyone will say it's not always like that and vice versa as indicated by a more relaxed day. There's no such routine that could be laid down like a college time-table that you could definitively state: "I've got double boot polishing on tuesday morning" for example. Orders will be published, so that you can plan ahead for the week & you will have an outline of broadly what you are doing in the future to allow you to plan leave, holidays & events- but as always, your lifestyle is subject to sudden changes.

It's true to say there are mundane & menial tasks such as cleaning weapons, accommodation, preparing washing/ironing your kit, planning exercises & other general things regarded as personal administration.

The specific rates of pay on tour differ, as do the the tax concessions so there's little point people yet to join planning ahead on the assumption they will be away for 6 months on £X per day and thus calculating the surplus cash available and perusing Motor Mart just yet. Suffice to say most people manage to save at least a couple of thousand pounds, clear debts & pay for a holiday upon their return etc., whilst deployed as there's very little by way of Game, Topman, Wetherspoons & Curry's in Helmand by all accounts.

The advice is don't count your chickens before the eggs have even been a twinkle in mother hen's 'Mark I' eyeball. Starting pay is around £770 net per month for the first 6 months, it's uphill from there on in.
 

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The advice is don't count your chickens before the eggs have even been a twinkle in mother hen's 'Mark I' eyeball. Starting pay is around £770 net per month for the first 6 months, it's uphill from there on in.

Is that minus accomadation and food?
 

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Net= after all stoppages including Tax, National Insurance, Food, Council Tax & Accommodation.

I know what net is i was just wondering in your calculation if you were including food, some people calculate Net as pay minus tax and nat insurance.

Thanks for the quick response though.
 

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So you get paid from tax payers money... and still pay tax, so effectivly you are paying yourself?

In the same manner that those who work, for example in Tesco's effectively contribute to their own wages if they do their food shopping in the same place as they work.

All government employees are paid from the public sector (taxes) including the DWPP, Service personnel, Members of Parliament, MI5, HM Revenue & Customs, HM Prison Officers etc., etc. They all pay income tax too unless they work overseas for over 6 months & are eligible for UK tax rebates.
 

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Life after RT ?

I was wondering what life is like after RT. From what I gather you pass out of training and get sent to your unit as a general duties marine or get trained in your chosen Specialisation / Trade.

A royal marine generally goes on tour for 6 months every 18 months, what do they do for the other 12 months?, training .... what else?
Orlando Rodgers ( from Chris Terrill's "Commando" book) likens RT to "a short sharp splinter in your bum", so obviously he's implying RT to be different to corps life.

Sorry if the answer is blatently obvious, I would like to know more, prefferably from serving or Ex marines please, of course every one else is welcome to answer too.:uglyhammer:

Cheers,
Sam
 

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the first thing they teach you is how to use the search function :bully:
 

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Well if anyone is interested in this subject then I can give some advice,

Read:
Commando on the front line - Chris Terrill (In Training)
Always a marine - Steve Preece (After Service)
Amongst the marines - Steve Preece ( In Service)
The making of a RM commando - Nigel Foster(About the Corps)

And others ( also I have'nt read the above 3 yet so can't reccomend them just now)

Cheers,
Sam
 

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I would like to know more, prefferably from serving or Ex marines please, of course every one else is welcome to answer too.

Hi, Royal Marines have posted on all the threads below. Great information! Also click on their names, then ?View Public Profile? and have a look at other threads and posts. There is some quality information and good stories.

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/prmc/showthread.php?t=16307

Yorkiemalone Former RM - 20 Years
Caversham RM Commando 1969-75

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/prmc/showthread.php?t=19243

RM Recruiting Officer RM Captain
Sam1 Royal Marines Commando
Caversham RM Commando 1969-75
RM-Mum

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/prmc/showthread.php?t=19383

Rogue Chef Former RM - 22 Years
729 Troop


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