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Hey lads,
i was just thinking about future life. I know many of you will just be leaving your family behind so it won't be too hard, but a few of us, I including will be leaving more than just that behind. So i was wondering if anybody knew, that when you are finally a Royal Marine, how much time do you spend posted in lets say Afghanistan and how much time do you get back home. Not necessarily back with your girlfriend and that but just home again like back in england. if anyone can answer both these would be great
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I think that when you go away to Afghan or wherever its usually for 6 months. Not sure how long you stay in England before going back out tho.
 

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Current Afghanistan tour is for 6 months and during that time the lads will get 2 weeks RnR, which, from what I've been led to believe usually equates to about 11 days as travelling time is part of that two weeks (even less if if the flights are delayed!).
 

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wait so during those 6 months you get 11 days to go home ?
what about the other 6 months of the year ?
 

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wait so during those 6 months you get 11 days to go home ?
what about the other 6 months of the year ?

Yup - when you're on deployment that's what you get.

When you're in the UK at your unit then your week-ends are for the most part (unless you're on exercise or something), yours to do what you want with.
 

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plus normal vacation leaves right ? like those in summer / easter / and winter ??
 

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plus normal vacation leaves right ? like those in summer / easter / and winter ??


Yes - when you're in the UK not on deployment you'll get your Christmas, Easter and Summer leave.

As far as I'm aware, perhaps Ninja could confirm for definite, if you're on deployment then any annual leave missed, because you're away, is taken into account with the amount of post-deployment leave given.
 

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when your on deployment you will not get summer and easter Christmas leave your at war you can just have a day of
 

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Just to clarify, you get pre-deployment, station leave (local leave whilst deployed overseas) & post-deployment leave awarded by your unit as appropriate. This is usually in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

In addition you can routinely expect to be deployed out of UK operationally for approximately 6 months in every 18 months within your unit. You may be deployed for shorter exercise periods overseas in addition, such as Norway, Belize etc. depending which unit you are attached to.

As correctly stated you get 30 days annual paid leave entitlement (this equates to 6 weeks as weekends aren't included) plus 8 days public holidays per year. Roughly speaking you get 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 at Easter & 2 in the summer- BUT it depends where you are. If deployed out of UK you normally take the leave either before or after the trip-not during the deployment.

Whilst in UK, after Recruit Training, providing you are not undertaking exercises, you will normally keep something like one weekend duty out of every four when you will be required on the base (or ship) for emergency & security duties. This means you get 3 out of 4 weekend off when you are free to travel home if you wish.
 

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This may seem really silly then but when you are not on deployment or leave and not on exercise or doing training, what are your duties?
 

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Another question to do with time home, I was told by an Officer that Monday mornings are 'off' and considered travel time, so you report for duty at something like 1 'o' clock, and fridays afternoons are travel time so you finish at about 12? Is this unique to his unit, or an official thing? And wednesday afternoons reserved for sport right?
 

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Another question to do with time home, I was told by an Officer that Monday mornings are 'off' and considered travel time, so you report for duty at something like 1 'o' clock, and fridays afternoons are travel time so you finish at about 12? Is this unique to his unit, or an official thing? And wednesday afternoons reserved for sport right?

The rules with regard the granting of travelling time, normally apply on a sliding scale, the greater time given to those whose sole primary residence furthest from the base unit. Normally travelling time is taken at main leave periods, however local arrangements can be implemented by the Commanding Officer of each unit.

Sports afternoons are not uncommon, particularly on a wenesday, but are generally only given as dictated by unit tasking- ie: if the unit is busy, they won't always be granted. There are regular phys sessions besides sports afternoons.
 

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And are the phys sessions (obviously once one has passed out) compulsory? And I know Officers and other ranks are generally integrated, but do officers do the phys sesh's with their men?
 

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Duties

This may seem really silly then but when you are not on deployment or leave and not on exercise or doing training, what are your duties?
There are many apects to the type of duties you will perform as a Marine. When you work in General Duties in a fighting Unit, you will continously train in soldiering techniques and various kinds of warfare. You will also work on keeping your fitness upto scratch.

If you have a Specialist Qualification, then you would be working in that capacity. There are many to choose from.

Career Specialisations : Careers : Royal Marines Home


Regards

Steve
 

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Excellent Thank You Very Much. Seems rather obvious now, but thought it was worth asking.
 
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