Am i stupid?

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  1. Bugz bun

    Bugz bun New Member

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    Hi i am new to the whole army navy raf thing and i have two questions, 1) are royal marines and royal marine commandos are the same thing? 2) What is the most active specialist role you can choose? ( by active i mean most likley to get in gun fights etc)
     
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    Welcome.

    1. No. Royal Marines come in two variants. Band Service and Commandos. The Band Service undertake their first 15 weeks military training at the Commando Training Centre but are not Commando qualified. Thereafter they undergo a further two to two years eight months music based training. Prior to 1942 Royal Marines riflemen were not Commando trained. Since the end of WWII and the disbanding of the independent Army Commando units, all Royal Marines riflemen were Commando trained.

    2. UK Special Forces (UKSF) are currently the most operationally active service personnel. Around 40% of UKSF are Royal Marines.

    That said, UKSF, along with 16 Air Assault Brigade & 3 Commando Brigade are the main body of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force, and the Spearhead elements, together with the amphibious assault element. What does that mean? Well if a scuffle kicks-off anywhere, Royal Marines Commandos are going to be amongst the first responders.

    So no, it's not a stupid question because there are around thirty different Commando specialisations within the Royal Marines and there are Commando trained Navy, Army and RAF personnel. It is a complex subject.
     
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    Thanks really cleared some thing up
     
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