Advantages / disadvantages as a Royal Marine

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  1. Courage93

    Courage93 New Member

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    I'm in the process of joining and i'm constantly asking myself what life is going to be like.
    Seeing as it is a job and a lifestyle consisting almost exclusively of men (obviously some women in the Navy), is it not hard having little to no contact with females?
    On exercise for example do you get much time off in contact with civvies? I know it is entirely relative but say on average.
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  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Even when operationally deployed on the ground at the sharp-end in Afghanistan you're working alongside females. OK you're not exactly visiting nightclubs, the theatre & bars each day. But, when in UK, when not on exercise, you are free to do as you please evenings & most weekends.

    Being in the armed forces is not like being in prison, in a monastery or living like a hermit - there's plenty of free time to socialise and find 'Miss (or Mister) Right', many times over.
     
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  3. 1Foxtrot01_Thomas

    1Foxtrot01_Thomas New Member

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    This sums up everything thanks for putting this up
     
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Post #1 updated
     
  5. clubbedlldeath

    clubbedlldeath New Member

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    @Ninja_Stoker

    What is the likely hood of becoming an officer before attending the rank of warrant officer as a royal marine? Is there opportunity to take up alevels/degree? Will it contribute? I know finding time for study can be an issue. I am too old to apply to become an officer but wanted to know if there can be a chance in the near future through a career as a general duties/jnco? How many royal marines do ever become officers having studied for it? And how do you become eligible or be considered for it? Do you necessarily have to be a kings badgmen? Thanks
     
  6. clubbedlldeath

    clubbedlldeath New Member

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    And also do you have the age limits for the specialisations? I have found that for sbs and sniper 30-32 is age limit. Is it correct?
     
  7. "freddie"

    "freddie" Former Royal Marines SNCO.

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    Possible, yes, yes, sometimes, GD and other specs, quite a few, work hard get recommended, no.
    You're welcome.
     
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  8. "freddie"

    "freddie" Former Royal Marines SNCO.

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    Some, sounds about right, but I think you may want to look into/research the ages again.
     
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  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    32 is the upper age limit for UKSF.

    Allegedly.
     
  10. "freddie"

    "freddie" Former Royal Marines SNCO.

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    Good job you're here Ninja, I was under a different impression.
     
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  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    That's the "rools" but, as ever, the circumstances can influence the accepted parameters. I've certainly processed older rejoins.
     
  12. Wingzero

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    haha damn, I thought I'd have the edge of living as a hermit as I did for my art practice.
    you dont get good waffling about drawing only a few times a week thats for sure.
    gave up partying, hanging out and girlfriends to get better.

    many a lonely winter night....
     
  13. Dedicated1995

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    regarding the benefits can you do additional courses to improve your CV/skills??
    I know you mentioned driving license before , but is there possibility within royal marines to do for example a divers license or Parachuting license ...etc. for example my mate in the army has done a additional welders course to boost his cv up.
    what you guys think ?
     
  14. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    Entirely doable. We get a £175 a year standard learning credits to fund any educational courses, adventurous training has netted me mountain biking qualifications, skiing quals & recently canoeing quals. The Royal Navy / RM is considerably ahead of the Army in that regard. I don't often hear of poorly prepared lads leaving and struggling.
     
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  15. Dedicated1995

    Dedicated1995 New Member

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    Great ! its all about trying new things and great that Navy allows you to do such things and earn qualification as well :D
     
  16. The guide

    The guide Royal Marines Commando

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    The two you have mentioned - Driving well that gets sorted license wise anyway , and most can get a course at some point and if in the right SQ/TQ up to LGV level , as for parachuting , if you do it as Adventurous training you might be able to get the qualification , however due to the cost some personal contribution is normally required. Service parachuting is becoming like rocking horse SH*text deleted* ( not much about) This is assuming you get time for AT , which is not always the case..despite it being a category 2 or 3 under the 2nd sea lords personal function standards (PSF which you will hear about at some point) the more junior guys tend to get away in all fairness. As for educational qualifications ..yes you do get the allowance as mentioned but £175 does not go along way..you do however also get put into the enhanced learning credits system , which is at present (may differ for new joiners) £6000 which can be taken in 3 lump of 2 grand if you are doing a level 3 qualification (read around level 3 NVQ or equivalent )..this money is also active for presently 10 years after you leave..if takeb while in service the course must have some benift to the service..for example i completed my NEBOSH diploma..so could take a Health and safety lead ..but a worth while qual in civvy street..hope that helps a bit
     
  17. The guide

    The guide Royal Marines Commando

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    PFS not PSF.....doh..!!
     
  18. Gunnarr2358

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    kicking up an old thread BUT, would an officer be able to obtain driving licences after completing training eg. LGV or D1 bus licence? and would AT provide for things such as white water rescue training/white water kayak instructor courses or does it have to be relevant to the current role?
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

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    An Officer is unlikely to be employed as a driver & is therefore unlikely to be enrolled on any service-funded driving course unless specifically related to his assignment order. I guess a non-driving Officer assigned to Viking Troop may well get a driving course, but doubt he'd be doing much by way of driving.

    AT courses are available to all, regardless of rank/role. If there's a white water kayaking instructor course available and the individual is at that level of proficiency,whether a Colonel or Marine 1st Class, it's there for the taking.
     
  20. Ninja_Stoker

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    Advantages & Disadvantages, post#1 updated.
     

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