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Can I choose where I'm based after training?

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Marcus Winterburn, Mar 15, 2019 at 5:23 PM.

  1. Marcus Winterburn

    Marcus Winterburn New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping to join as a YO in the 2019 September batch however I am aware this is highly competitive and I probably won't pass AIB however I'll give it my all.

    Once training is completed ideally id like to based at 40 commando either as an officer or as a rating dependant on whether i'm selected for either. This is so i can be within an hours driving distance of my partner.

    My question is do I get to select where I'm based after training?

    I'd ideally like to be part of a recce troop and become a mountain leader

    Thanks,

    MW
     
  2. RCTJ0012

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    From what I've read/heard you can put in your choices for where you want to be based but ultimately it's up to where the Royal Marines need you. As for SQ as a Mountain Leader, I've read that you need to be a Cpl before they will allow you to go down that route.

    I'm sure someone with more knowledge can confirm this.
     
  3. Marcus Winterburn

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    Hi RCTJ0012,

    Thank you for your response,

    I am aware that as an officer you can select your specialisations but wasn't as sure for a rating, thank you for your answer. Good look with your upcoming prmc!

    Thanks,

    MW.
     
  4. RCTJ0012

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    No worries, I'd do some research into it and maybe wait for a response from someone who knows a bit more about it.

    Also if no one has said anything to you yet, it's best to not use your real name when creating a profile here due to PERSEC.

    Thanks by the way, i hope it goes well!
     
  5. The guide

    The guide Royal Marines Commando

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    In short, not really,! you are drafted (located) according to service needs , While you do get a wish list of units there are only so many Lt,s a fighting unit can take , and the lead unit on the rotation will get first shout on any warm bodies.
     
  6. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    First I'd ask one of the mods to change your username. It's not good for personal security to have you real name on a military forum.

    You put in your preference but ultimately it comes down to where you are needed. This could at 40 Commando or it could be in Scotland.

    You can go for Mountain Leader as an officer but you won't be a recce troop commander forever. It'll be a 2-3 year draft then you'll be back in the mainstream officer career which is mostly away from the frontline.

    If you want a career working as an ML then join as a Marine.
     
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  7. Chelonian

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    Good call. He's previously confirmed that it's not his actual name.
     
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  8. MumtoRM

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    To be fair I think the advice is don’t use ‘real names’ as usernames. While Marcus Winterburn might not be the user’s real name it is probably someone else’s! That someone else might not want their name being used as a username! #justsaying

    Plus, it does waste the mod’s time checking it out!
     
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  9. Thomo

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    All I found was a pigs head with that name on Facebook.
     
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  10. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    Some devices autofill/autocorrect the fields on registration which leads to actual names appearing as forum user names. When we spot what might be an actual name the forum user is advised to change it to something anonymous to protect his or her identity.

    A few forum users unwisely reply along the lines of "Oh, I don't mind. You choose something." Which explains a few of the more imaginative names on the forum. :)
     
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