RM Commando, Crossed The Bar 13/12/2020
- Mar 22, 2009
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...then thinning out before they have chance to move up to Major and beyond.
I think the critical make or break point is Major to Lt Colonel for Royal Marines (it is for RN), as promotion to Major is pretty much a function of time served and all the boxes being ticked. True, there will be a few that don't tick all the boxes for promotion to Major, but they will have had five years service to reach Captain prior to that point. The days of speedier promtion due to unrelated academic attainment rather than ability have thankfully been ditched.Has this not always been a 'watershed' point for Officers' careers Ninja? Anecdotally, from an Army perspective many would opt to leave after serving as Captain; either to do other stuff or because it was made clear that they weren't considered suitable for higher command.
I guess those wishing to leave then rejoin, with a minimum of four years served sometimes forget the reasons they cited for leaving at the time.What I have found hard to understand in previous years is the refusal of the Corps to allow rejoins, with the exception of some very unique SQs, such as SF etc.
It used to be the case that when someone wanted to rejoin, they could only do so by taking an unpopular SQ, such as Clerk, Chef or Driver. It seems strange that they chose to train civilians, at great expense and no guarantee of the final outcome over the chance to re-employ fully trained Marines, who would only require a few weeks induction after re-entering through the gates of CTC.
However, from what is seen nowadays, the Corps will soon be in deficit and until a decision is made on what cuts the RN have to make, it will be interesting to see which way the pendulum swings.
Definitely. Also, the Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment have clear identities (or brands perhaps) which arguably are lacking in many modern Army units.
Definitely. And it need not cost a penny. Some employers do it well.
Very true. Who was it that said "Train them well enough so that they can leave; treat them well enough so that they don't want to?"
Edit: As an aside the old truism always was: get them to stay in more than 8 years and they'll generally stay because of the pension trap.
I've always wondered if it was the pension that made them stay or due to the myriad of other "luxuries" like the Seniors mess = seniors 'club', responsibility and not being often treated like an idiot from the moment they wake up?