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Changes in RM Cdo Structure.

Discussion in 'RM Operational News' started by Rover, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    Taken from post on OAMAAM.....


    “As previously reported on this illustrious repository of rumour, the Driver branch will cease at the end of the year. All ranks now hold C+E so MT will be staffed by GD(D) ranks, although I believe the designation will change to CT(D) as in Commando Trained Driver.
    When I heard this I thought that it smelt like there was a gap appearing for "Non" Commando Trained Driver.

    I was told this morning that all Drivers at Poole will leave in the new year and be replaced by RLC ranks. I then asked, well if that works there, it would work at CTC.
    No, he said. The decision from on high is that they do not want RLC ranks interacting with recruits at CTC.


    This all fits in with the Corps adapting to reduced manning levels and moving to a more SF role as previously discussed. ”

    Interesting times ahead

    “S3 and ML3 are going the same way, ML3's are reverting back to Recce Operators.”
     
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  2. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Rumour is all the class 3 specs are being scrapped and made adquals.
     
  3. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    To quote a Naval Officer

    Boarding ships via fast roping underway at sea is an extremely risky operation that requires a lot of skill and practise. It is not something you can just improvise on the day, and there are potentially very significant risks attached. Traditionally this sort of role sat far more in the SF arena. The use of 42 Cdo helps validate the concept of the maritime operations role, and also eases the pressure on the wider SF community by providing assets which can take on this sort of task.
     
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  4. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    I refer you to a very active unit......


    1. Mobile Air Operations Team

    The Mobile Air Operations Team (MAOT) is an elite Royal Navy unit that provides specialized assistance to the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF).

    The MAOT helps select helicopter landing sites (HLS) and marshal CHF air assault operations. This is achieved by examining satellite imagery and/or a recce of the HLS in question, and by accompanying the assault force on to the objective. Royal Navy Commandos and Royal Marines from the MAOT may attach to recce units such as 3 Commando Brigade's Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) in order to recce a proposed HLS and to bring the aircraft in. In the case of a recce by satellite photo only, MAOT personnel will deploy with the assault force onto the HLS. Once the force has landed, MAOTs stand ready to organize casualty evacuation flights and to direct the subsequent extraction of ground forces by helicopter.


    The CHF's MAOT is a small unit that comprises of just 16 men, split into 3 operational teams and an HQ element. Each operational team is further split into 2-man pairs who share the duties when deployed. The operational teams rotate through tours in a number of different roles: Green and Black.

    o Green : providing support to 3 Commando Brigade

    o Black : in this role MAOT personnel attach to a maritime counter-terrorism or counter-piracy force. Black-roled MAOTs will help plan and coordinate the helicopter insertion and extraction aspect of the operation. A MAOT element will typically follow the assault team onto the maritime objective in order to marshal the air traffic to ensure that all personnel - troops, hostages and captured enemy forces - are extracted.

    All members of the MAOT are Commando Trained and come from an aviation background. Royal Navy personnel in the team must have passed the All Arms Commando Course. They are also trained in basic parachuting and helicopter insertion techniques such as fast-roping and abseiling. The unit also has a training role in which it runs refresher courses in such insertion skills. MAOTs also receive ISTAR (information surveillance target aquisition reconnaissance) training.
     
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  5. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    "The decision from on high is that they do not want RLC ranks interacting with recruits at CTC."

    If true this sounds very much like the policy operated at Depot Para in the 1970s. We were explicitly 'banned' from socialising with personnel from other units in the garrison town because of the risk that we would be contaminated with their sloppy attitudes, scruffy appearance and their alleged avoidance of soap and water.
     
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  6. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Alleged?

    On arrival at one Army base we were shown where the accommodation and showers were and were told to not forget to sign the shower book to show that we had actually had a shower. The look of horror on our faces was wrongly misconstrued, as he lowered his voice and looked around, before whispering, "it's alright, you don't have to have one, just sign the book!"

    Alan
     
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  7. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    I was being diplomatic so that I didn't besmirch the reputation of any former WRACs or QAs who might now be on this forum. :)
     
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