Advantages / disadvantages as a Royal Marine

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  1. Ninja_Stoker

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    Advantages.

    • The potential to earn a wide range transferable qualifications up to BSc.
    • The Royal Marines offer around thirty specialist trades beyond being a combat infantryman.
    • Kudos & self worth
    • Belonging to one of the best clubs in the world.
    • Being regarded by many as one of the UK's elite military units that comprise just 4% of the British Armed Forces but account for 45% of Special Forces personnel.
    • Pensionable job (non-contributory pension)
    • Guaranteed initial employment contract for 12 years, if you want it. (Extended to 20 years if promoted to at least Corporal).
    • Free gym membership
    • Free medical/dental health care
    • Word travel
    • Camaraderie
    • £225 per week NET pay for Other Ranks
    • Wages From April 2016- £14,784 Other Rank (rising to £18,306 after 26 weeks service) £25,727 Officer . Latest rates of pay
    • 6 weeks paid leave per year
    • Concessionary rail travel through the HM Forces Railcard scheme
    • Cheap Service Families Accommodation
    • Free food & accommodation when deployed, or on a ship.
    • Transferable skills
    • Additional training when you leave to prepare you for specific jobs
    • The opportunity to take further GCSEs, A Levels through service funded Enhanced Learning Credits.
    • World class training to make you best prepared to serve in a hostile or a life-threatening environment.
    • Free uniform clothing
    • Life experience
    • Management Experience
    • Adventurous Training opportunities wordlwide. (Diving in Cyprus, parachuting in Florida etc)
    • Disciplined lifestyle with defined structure
    • A well structured career structure with the ability to advance yourself through promotion.
    • Annual pay increases
    • HM Forces Discount Scheme- over 500 companies offer service people discount. From Holidays to hirecars to spectacles to solicitors.
    • The Regular Forces Employment Agency are a free job agency for all individuals who have served- they help you find a job suited to you.
    • Automatic training for civilian driving licence (up to HGV standard) after completing Recruit Training.
    • Help To Buy housing scheme
    • Free Welfare Service to help you look after your family whilst you are away.
    • Lifetime Families support network
    • Non-contributory pension scheme


    • Disadvantages
    • Separation
    • Homesickness
    • Disciplined lifestyle
    • High likelihood of serving in a hostile or a life-threatening environment with risk of injury/death
    • Worry/anxiety for your Family & Partner
    • The potential to be deployed at minimal notice, thus making it difficult to plan ahead with utter certainty.
    • Unpredictable changes to your short and longer term work patterns
    • The potential to lack independence
    • The propensity to become institutionalised
    • Potential of delayed promotional opportunities depending on specialisation
    • Being 'pinged' for a specialist/trade you may not want
    • Constraints imposed by a contract that requires a minimum term of 50 months (unless you opt out by week 26)
    • An inability to terminate your contract of employment in less than 12 months (when eligible to submit notice to quit)
    • A fixed rate of starting pay that invariably means a pay drop for individuals in full time civilian employment, earning above the minimum wage.
    • Long hours and fixed salary regardless of hours worked
    • Periods of little or no communication with family/loved ones
    • Variable standards of service accommodation and infrastructure maintenance
    • High costs of short notice rail tickets if the opportunity arises to travel home
     
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  2. massey92

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    good thread that answered some of my questions thanks ninja
     
  3. marine_shull

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    Wow that really sums things up. Cracking post

    Seb
     
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  4. Ninja_Stoker

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    To be honest, most serving personnel take the above lists for granted & give it little thought - it's generally only seriously considered by those about to join & looking for pro's & con's.
     
  5. Touchstone

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    Feels a bit sugar coated
     
  6. Scorpio

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    that cleared up some info for me, wasn't certain about the driving license opportunity, was going to ask at the local AFCO next time i went, seems i dont have to now
     
  7. Sam1

    Sam1 Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    Ninja, you forgot "Makes you a hard mother*text deleted**text deleted**text deleted*er" to the good points.:doh:
     
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  8. Death-Oar-Glory

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    But then, it's hard to think of disadvantages of a career you enjoy/only get exposure to the good points...

    Most of us are aware of negatives, but I can't think of any more apart from those on the list.
     
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  9. calger14

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    wow i think the marines get a lot of things open than other people
     
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  10. Adamos

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    Ninja, can you use the the welfare option to take care of your family when, you know, you just can't be bothered? Or you think they're a bit naff?
     
  11. Ninja_Stoker

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    The Naval Personnel Famiiy Service will certainly liaise with the service and your family in times of genuine hardship such as illness, injury & bereavement, etc., but if your Dad wears flares, dances badly at family weddings or commits similar crimes against decency, then there's always the Fashion Police or Social Services if you wish to distance yourself.
     
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  12. markie27

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    thanks ninja for the information , it just goes to show that the advantages always outshines the bad.....

    you have to mix the rough with the smooth if you want to succeed.
     
  13. Dreckly

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    Do you have to pay for accomadation, food etc when in PRMC and RT?
    And what are the overall costs, excluding travel and personal expenses, ie underwear and socks etc, throughout training and the interviews?

    thanks alot,
     
  14. Elondra

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    Things you need for exercises cost a bomb.
     
  15. ukkpa

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    Like what, Elondra? I was under the impression that you were issued pretty much everything you'd need!
     
  16. nufc

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    Maybe you have to supply your own tampons for the survival kits?
     
  17. ukkpa

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    Hmm. There's a definite Navy joke there but I'm not going to go there...

    Tampons were issued in Commando on the front line I'm sure!
     
  18. nufc

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    Haha yeah I would watch it Ninja was in the navy and you've seen what happened to the last few people who misbehaved on the forum.

    Yeah they were
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

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    Have to say, whilst aware each troop is given an individual kitlist after starting Recruit Training, hence the reason we will not provide a list as each troop is different- it would be interesting to hear how much you reckon it costs.
     
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  20. Scorpio

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    my good friend started his army recruitment on the 3rd of May and I'm sure he spent about ?80-100 on his kit...so, i'm assuming something in that region...
     

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