Any regrets or doubts? (Mainly long term but want general opinions)

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  1. dinosaur28

    dinosaur28 New Member

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    Just passed my pjft and looking forward to prmc but as I'm thinking of it 24/7 I've been wondering if anybody's actually had personal regrets about joining the marines? I've understood it's just mentally difficult as physically so has quite a few negatives but not heard of it actually affecting anyone? All answers appreciated cheers :)
     
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  2. Fibonarchie

    Fibonarchie Active Member

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    You hear mental a lot but its more associates with RT and fight not to wrap. Of course there are huge mental challenges in the corps but RT is probably the biggest change and shock to the system. Of course if you are speaking of PTSD, that's a whole different kettle of fish I know very little about.
     
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  3. aliB

    aliB Active Member

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    I imagine family people miss kids birthdays or the kinda freedom to get up and leave. But for me its worth it. Rather miss my girls birthday doing a job i love and come home happy then mope through the door everyday
     
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  4. Rossi

    Rossi Royal Marines Commando

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    As someone with 8+ years under my belt in the green machine, I can say you will have epic highs and equally epic lows in your career. Some lads join for afew years, decide they have had their fill and leave to do other things, we call these lads the top third. Factors such as pay, operational tempo, promotion prospects, immediate command, family, girlfriends/boyfriends/wives/partners have a huge effect on morale for obvious reasons and ranks putting in their notice. I personally have had doubts along the way about my choices, usually when I'm cold, drenched, tired, lugging a heavy burgen over along distance on a domestic exercise, when confronted by some command decisions, or being treated like a 5 year old one minute then being expected to step up into leadership the next.

    But that said I have had some experiences that I wouldn't have had in another job, for example jumping of the side of a warship into the Mediterranean Sea, flying to some places in the world I wouldn't be able to access in the civilian world at a moments notice, or having an A10 thunderbolt fly metres overhead before firing its gatling gun. Service has an effect on your perception of the world around you, and what place you are at in it. You will also gain an understanding of what it really means to say you work well as a team when your sleep deprived, hungry and exhausted. So if I was to have my time again thus far, sure I would do thinks differently, but I would still join the service and go through all the mess around again.

    This may not be the answer you were after but its an honest one. Good luck!
     
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  5. FRMCCK

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    Real good write up! Just curious what Spec did you go into and was there ones where you wish you did maybe?
     
  6. Rossi

    Rossi Royal Marines Commando

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    GD then DSS into Clerks SQ, but ended up getting two back to back drafts that were not clerk based afew good deployments and alittle time attached to USMC on international exercise, so i consider myself luckier than most in the opportunities I have had! Now in a training role and involved in IT.
     
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  7. FRMCCK

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    Oh yeah that sounds lucky haha, DSS is 'being pinged' isnt it? Just double checking haha
     
  8. Rossi

    Rossi Royal Marines Commando

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    Yes it is. DSS = Direct Service Specialisation, or being pinged! -banghead-
     
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  9. Ninja_Stoker

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    Right. Naughty step. Now. :D

    Seriously though, I know exactly what you mean. Not a Royal myself, but after serving 36 years in the RN I do sometimes tire of being patronised by a person in their early twenties with a couple of years service experience and a degree mistakenly assuming the unrelated academics makes them not only an infallible all-knowing leader of men, but an omnipresent entity at that. Generally they only make that mistake once, to be fair.

    Arguably, if I'm that smart I should have a more senior position myself, upon reflection, but it is a two-way thing.

    My outward perception of the Corps is they are pretty good at giving people higher levels of responsibility (and with it, better self-worth) than other arms or the services are in the main. Very often I look at the autonomy the Royal Marines give a Lance Corporal or the professionalism and standards they expect of a GD Marine 1st Class and am consistently impressed. The amount of 'clout', responsibility and implicit trust a Royal Marines Corporal is given is often higher than Sergeant equivalent in other services, as I see it. Trouble is, very often when working on combined operations, Royal Naval (and other arms) personnel unfamiliar working with Royal, very often underestimate, undervalue and indeed under-employ them. It must be galling at times.

    Ultimately all jobs have a down side. I remember when I joined the Navy, impressed with my job title Marine Engineering Mechanic and being horrified after being bawled at on the parade ground "Yew 'orrible bunch of useless Stokers!"

    I remember thinking "Stoker? STOKER! Isn't that some sort of menial job that the lower class, poor people do?"

    Turns out I was right :)
     
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  10. Rover

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    Perhaps of interest.......

    Initiative is expected of any Royal Marine irrespective of rank. Something that can be missing within the Army. [​IMG][​IMG]

    A few years ago 42 Commando was on exercise with the US Marines. It was 42’s first time operating with US Armour. The CO of 42 lost contact with his forward sub units and had to be guided by a sub section of Royal Marines who had an overall view of the ‘battlefield’. From this information the Co was able to deploy his units on the ground and so ‘win the battle’.

    The US Marine General congratulated 42’s CO on his success. The CO then pointed out that the one to be congratulated was the Royal Marine who had a better view of the situation and was in fact advising the CO, very much an observer in a game of chess in that he was more informed than the players. The US General was rather taken back by this stating he wished he had some officers who had the initiative that the Royal Marine had.
     
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  11. Rossi

    Rossi Royal Marines Commando

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    Did the CO still get an OBE for it though? :D
     
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  12. Rover

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    I understand he has a QBE.;)
     
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  13. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    I regret the Corps ever letting Capita take over the recruiting.

    OBE? Don't you know it stands for Other Buggers Efforts. Standard.
     
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  14. m2013

    m2013 Well-Known Member

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    Any armed force is difficult,
    But when you have a family it's always nice knowing you have a stable income
     
  15. Chelonian

    Chelonian Well-Known Member

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    Along with a VD, STD and Scab. :)
    Admittedly it's a very old joke.
     
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  16. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Hopefully it's now healed anyway.
     
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  17. Rossi

    Rossi Royal Marines Commando

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    Unless its herpes that stuff stays with you...........so i'm told anyway? shippers?? :D

    Edit: I wonder how many lads reading this have just gone to google images?
     
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  18. robbo09

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    Once you've caught it, you don't have to worry about catching it again :eek:
     

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