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Advantages.

Kudos
Pensionable job (non-contributory pension)
Guaranteed employment contract for 18 years or to 40, if you want it.
Free gym membership
Free medical/dental health care
Word travel
Camaraderie
£13,013 starting pay (Other ranks) £28,000 starting pay (Graduate Officers)
6 weeks paid leave per year
Concessionary rail travel
Cheap married quarter accommodation
Free food & accommodation when deployed, or on a ship.
Transferable skills & qualifications
World class training to make you best prepared to serve in a hostile or a life-threatening environment.
Free uniform clothing
Disciplined lifestyle with defined strucure
A well structured career structure with the ability to advance yourself through promotion.
Assisted house purchase sceme.
Annual pay increases
Forces Discount Scheme- over 500 companies offer service people discount. From Holidays to hirecars to spectacles to solicitors.

Disadvantages

Separation/Homesickness.
Disciplined lifestyle
High likelihood of serving in a hostile or a life-threatening environment.
The potential to be deployed at minimal notice, thus making it difficult to plan ahead with utter certainty.
 

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pros: Be a member of an elite fighting force,
Green lid,
Admiration from others
Great new mates
See te world

cons: errrrrrrrrrrrr? early starts?
 

Ashley

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I have to say you had me at concessionary rail travel!
 

ZZ

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got me at free food =D
 

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The PROs definately outweigh the CONs :D
 

Robbie Spice

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so say you're in afghan for 7 months , how much are you looking for that 7 months to make you?
 

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Guaranteed employment contract for 18 years or to 40, if you want it.

What happens to this if your limbs are sucked off?
 

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well at very basic wage of £1000 a month you will end up with £7000, give or take a couple hundred. but because you will be earning more than that i would say about £9000 upwards. and as far as i know you will get back and not know what to do with it, but if you have a wife or a shared account with a girlfriend then expect there to be *text deleted* all *text deleted*

another pro about the military in general is that although the money isn't great you hardly have any time to spend it so your always loaded and hardly ever run out of money, well if you dont have a family to look after or a place of your own. so its great for 18 year olds.
 

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Guaranteed employment contract for 18 years or to 40, if you want it.

What happens to this if your limbs are sucked off?
You are assessed by an employability panel & if your injuries are such that you must be medically discharged, then depending on the degree of injury directly attributable to the job you were doing you may be eligible for a medical disability/war pension. This is separate to any compensation award which is calculated differently.

The formula for calculating how much you are awarded is a subject for specialist advice.
 

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You are assessed by an employability panel & if your injuries are such that you must be medically discharged, then depending on the degree of injury directly attributable to the job you were doing you may be eligible for a medical disability/war pension. This is separate to any compensation award which is calculated differently.

The formula for calculating how much you are awarded is a subject for specialist advice.
I've heard someone say on this forum that someone got put into Hunter Co' for a fractured hip but someone got discharged for a knee injury which would been repaired in half the time. How do they figure who stays and who goes!
 

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It's all to do with whether you can continue with your job. There are many conditions which may allow you to be passed fit for further service in other military jobs, but not as a Commando due to the rigours of the job.

Sometimes a particular injury can immediately be a medical bar to further service, others depend on the level of severity. You can crack a pelvis & recover for example. Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction is a good example as there are varying degrees of surgery, some of which may preclude further active service as a Royal Marines Commando.
 

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7000-9000 for 7months with life in jeopardy everyday is complete *text deleted**text deleted*!

I don't really give a *text deleted**text deleted* about money , but was jsut curious, I just *text deleted* be a marine
 

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yeah but im just kind of going by what i heard one fella was getting in the army that was about 18. i agree though its sh*t pay. but at least the job is worthwhile and the friends are great
 

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I have to say the wages are OK if you're joining aged about 16-18 when you have few debts, but many people a bit older cannot afford to take the drop in income to £13,013 starting pay (about £770 per month net) because they have many more financial commitments.

Graduates joining on £28K seems quite a competitive wage, but the larger percentage without a degree & wishing to join over the age of about 26 seem to opt to join the RMR, mainly because they need to earn more than £13K to start with.

Again, it's the old argument about joining with a degree on £28K income & about £10-15K debt, or joining at 16 & earning £75K during the same period and being on about £26K per annum income at the point their graduate peers join.
 

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so basically if you still live with your parents, dont have any debts to pay and you manage to join as an officer at the age of 18 then your laughing. am i right?
 
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