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Geryon

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You can join at 16 yes?
So what do you do until you are 18 - the legal age to go to a combat zone I think.
 

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you can sign up at 15 years 9 months
but not do/complete RT until 16.
my guess it that you would join a unit and do training exercises until your 18 and able to go to a combat zone.
next time your at your AFCO ask.
 

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I'm 17 now and will probably start RT near the end of this year and my b'day is in august, so i could be in Afghanistan just after my 18th!! fun times(Y)
 

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In some ways it can be advantageous to join under 18. Besides the Commando Logistics posting/draft, you are essentially available to undergo additional courses whilst waiting to become operationally deployable.

A lot of guys have gained their HGV licence after RT, some get sent to the Commando Display Teams who tour the country, giving first class demonstrations of rapid-roping from helos, unarmed combat, section attacks, fast boats and loads more. (RM Recruiting Officer is the boss on the CDT and is doubtless better placed than I to tell you about it.) Other guys undergo specialist or trade qualifications earlier than others, some join the RM Visibility Team touring a UK region, visiting schools & giving team building/demos/presentations/climbing/activity days and suchlike.

In short: you probably won't get too bored.
 

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In some ways it can be advantageous to join under 18. Besides the Commando Logistics posting/draft, you are essentially available to undergo additional courses whilst waiting to become operationally deployable.

A lot of guys have gained their HGV licence after RT, some get sent to the Commando Display Teams who tour the country, giving first class demonstrations of rapid-roping from helos, unarmed combat, section attacks, fast boats and loads more. (RM Recruiting Officer is the boss on the CDT and is doubtless better placed than I to tell you about it.) Other guys undergo specialist or trade qualifications earlier than others, some join the RM Visibility Team touring a UK region, visiting schools & giving team building/demos/presentations/climbing/activity days and suchlike.
Sounds like it really is an advantage to join pretty young!
 

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Sounds like it really is an advantage to join pretty young!
Not always as many guys get rather frustrated that after training with a close-knit troop, their older buddies join a unit & deploy whilst they don't.
 

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^ Aye, i can understand why some would feel that way, as they would be having the umm... 'fun' while your still at lympstone training. You will come out as a better soldier though, more training.
 

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Not always as many guys get rather frustrated that after training with a close-knit troop, their older buddies join a unit & deploy whilst they don't.
to be honest doing all that for job sounds fantastic, im glad im joining up at 16
 
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So in essence a younger Commando who joined at the age of 16 has had more training then his 18 year old peer by the time he gets to a theatre of war?
 
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