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Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by Adf1, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Adf1

    Adf1 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I have a few specific questions I wish to ask via private message.

    Ideally to someone whom recently went through the recruitment process.

    This would be very much appreciated!
     
  2. Snafu

    Snafu Active Member

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    Don't be afraid to ask here, I'm sure they've heard it all before!
     
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  3. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    Welcome. The purpose of the forum is to share information. Answering queries by PM most often leads to duplication of answers and is time consuming. Exceptions are made if the matters relate to Personal Security (PERSEC).

    If your questions are of such a sensitive nature that they can only be answered by PM please drop me a PM with a very rough summary of what they involve and not specific detail. The probability is that I will suggest you post them onto the main forum.
     
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  4. Adf1

    Adf1 New Member

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    One question in particular I definitely won't though others I imagine are fine!

    How detailed is the interview? I have done interviews before where I spend months learning everything only for them to ask almost nothing. How far should I go?

    For those who have already served or are serving. What exactly is life like after training? I can't seem to find a good answer. Is there much spare time? What are you physically doing and for how many hours? (I understand it varies from unit to unit and person to person).
     
  5. StrSam

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    The interview with the afco? My afco only asked me if I knew about the recruitment process (prmc and pjft details) and the commando tests. Also the name of the commandant general of the royal marines. Was more about my life and my families life.
    He didn't expect me to know too much that early on as it's more of a sift interview to make sure you're not a psycho. Learn the basics, dress well, and act professionally and you'll be fine.
     
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  6. Cheezy hammy eggy

    Cheezy hammy eggy Active Member

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    Get up to speed with VC winners in the corps, famous battles will go down well with the AFCO as will the various phases of training and what they consist of.
    If you gen up on the 32 week recruit training program and what it consists of, you’ll get lots of brownie points. ( my nod prepared well on this )
    Good luck pal.
     
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  7. Determineddog

    Determineddog New Member

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    My interview was fairly in depth, as expected. Areas covered - Background, home + family life, clubs + societies, work, school + further education (University etc) Employment post University. Service knowledge questions; explanation of the cap badge, corps colours and meanings. Current deployments - who + where and various types of ships. PJFT; distances and timings. PRMC: Breakdown of tests and scores required. Recruit training; How long, different phases, breakdown of the commando tests + times. Possible areas of specialisation (knowledge of 3 were requested) and finally motivations for joining. I was asked what happened in Bosnia in the 1990's so It's perhaps worth brushing up on some memorable rm dates.

    Any questions to the above please fire away.

    Cheers
     
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  8. JWJ

    JWJ Active Member

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    Know your terms of contract and employment. Understand DSS and pings, know where the units and each base is. Don’t have a plan B
     
  9. Adf1

    Adf1 New Member

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    Thanks mate, when did you apply?

    Also, does anyone know if there are actually opportunities to learn new languages?

    It says so on the Royal Navy website in the marines section.
     
  10. Determineddog

    Determineddog New Member

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    Towards the end of March - There's been plenty of time in between everything to give each step the attention it requires i.e. recruit test, interview etc..
     
  11. Adf1

    Adf1 New Member

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    Thank you all!

    I am pretty down on recruitment and training.

    I am interested in learn more on training opportunities once in and trained on the basics such as advanced hand to hand combat and language training. Are there options to do this?
     
  12. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    A select group may get to do languages in full - They are Y Sqn who are in the main signals based ranks , some CI guys may also get basic courses , the lads in the main might get a few basic vocab / phrase lessons before you go away , this did happen for Aghan & Iraq at "some" units. The only other guys from the Corps who do them really are SBS ranks. There may the the odd guy that does one for a specific reason such as a liaison job , but thats it in the main

    As for advanced hand to hand in a formal lesson...no not taught really, the display team do their bit,s and there is full access to Martial Arts , MMA , Boxing & Judo at most units.

    As for the interview..5 key areas
    Home background - who with , where , family , home life
    School / Uni, - where , what did you like/ dislike , discipline at school , anything extra at school
    Work - Any full time paid / unpaid / voluntary jobs, earnings , roles & responsibilities
    Spare time - what you do , what phys do you do , interests , any clubs
    Motivation -why do you want to join / The Corps itself (History / training / PRMC / locations / the contract you sign / benefits of being in the military / your aspirations.

    This is just a brief outline and there is more besides and each Career advisor may of course ask differing questions and this may well be dependent on the answers you give them.!
     
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  13. Ninja_Stoker

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    Many people imagine they've just had an informal chat without giving much away with regards their performance at interview.

    A half decent interviewer will have put the candidate at ease and drilled, far, far deeper into your knowledge base, integrity, lifestyle & overall life experience than many may imagine. If they saw the selection interview report, regardless of how well they imagine they performed (ater-all, I passed, didn't I?), many an aspirant would probably blanch at the image they portrayed at inerview.

    This may help...https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/selection-interview.93280/
     
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  14. Adf1

    Adf1 New Member

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    Guys thanks so much for so much information and detail!

    Few last questions (its hard not being able to go in to your local recruiting center haha!)

    Does anyone know where to find current salary information, I looked around and couldn't find anything up to date re how much accommodation and food costs after RT. I can do tax myself but I was hoping to work out what I'll have left :)

    When it comes to work each day, I understand every unit is different but is it mostly just work like any other governemnet job or is there more learning involved and exercises and that sort of thing?

    Thanks guys!
     
  15. Ninja_Stoker

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    Rates of Pay:

    Annual New Entry Rate of pay (First 26 weeks): £15,672
    (approx £1288 per month gross pay).

    From week 26, annual pay increases to £20,000
    (approx £1,643 per month gross pay)

    Daily Food Charge (if you take all main meals) £5.29
    Accommodation charge is approx £63.50 per month whilst in training, increasing to approx £79.08 per month (Single Living Accommodation).

    Income Tax:
    Band Taxable income Tax rate
    Personal Allowance Up to £12,500 - tax free
    Basic rate £12,501 to £50,000 taxed at 20%

    National Insurance contributions are charged at 12% of your gross pay.

    Life after training:

    https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/48-hours-deployed-with-rm.121414/#post-683550
    https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/life-in-the-corps-and-unit-questions.110769/
    https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/giving-back-passed-out-8-months.120921/


    Pay Reference sources:
    https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/why-navy/pay
    https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads...-6-increase-upon-pass-out.121032/#post-682499
     
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