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Civilian life for former Royal Marine Commandos (poll unrelated (read to end))

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by redmotive, Feb 12, 2020.

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  1. redmotive

    redmotive New Member

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    What does civilian life look like for Royal Marine Commandos (RMC)? I've looked up some videos (found some on the Parachute Regiment) and it looked rather grim but honestly not all bad - I take that work prospects aren't any better here, similar to any infantry regiment, but the caveat is you can choose to specialise unlike in the Paras or any other combat oriented role, unless I'm mistaken.
    My questions are:
    - Once you've specialised I take it you are soldier second, specialisation first? Or does it vary depending on deployment?
    - I've found a few specialisation and one that appeals to me is "Mountain Leader". I don't know much about this beyond the obvious because there isn't much information I can find but regardless this is the one that appeals me the most. I figure that if I'm lucky, I can come out at some point and work either independently or for a company to guide people up mountains or something. I don't know I'm just seriously trying to think of my future.
    - I want to spend the majority of my time as an infantry unit. Can I wait to specialise down the line provided I pass the commando course?

    Finally as a bonus question but kind of a silly one - do you get to keep all your RMC uniform? Any weapons? Same for the Parachute Regiment (I prefer RMC due to the specialisation but I think paras has them beat in fashion haha, I'll do a poll for fun).
     
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  2. Omega

    Omega Valuable Contributor

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    The good thing about this forum is that there's no such thing as a daft question.

    There are a few 'near misses' though, to be fair.

    You can certainly keep uniform items upon discharge as a trained rank, but you need to be careful with the camouflage stuff, it can be difficult to find sometimes.
     
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  3. redmotive

    redmotive New Member

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    Hahaha well fair enough mate. Are you able to answer any of the (arguably less important) questions though? XD Seriously though I would appreciate it you would!
     
  4. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando

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    Is this a bite?

    The paras have us beat on fashion.

    Can we keep weapons and uniform once we leave?

    Who has better uniform and appearances?

    What does any of this matter. Im triggered. And going to hide before I go full ret*text deleted*d.
     
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  5. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    My bold.

    If you think it is a silly question, then make no mistake, I think it's an utterly stupid one. What makes you think that you will be allowed to go outside with weapons? Please tell me that this is a wind up.

    Answers to your other questions regarding MLs and other SQs can be found by using the search function.

    Alan
     
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  6. SCOTTY6

    SCOTTY6 Royal Marines Commando

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    For a start you just asked who’s got better uniform paras or RM, on a site called royalmarines.uk...no prizes for guessing how that’s going to go.
    Right if you just want a qual to guide civis up some mountains when you get out the corps, you’re much better off going and getting a civi mountain guiding. Do some reading on MLs, the bottom line is, it’s nails. They are nails. And I guarantee that if you make it into training, by week 10 if not before you will at least be having second thoughts about being a mountain leader. Secondly if you want to spend most of your time at an infantry unit, then join the infantry. The RM are not regular infantry, hence the whole Commando thing. And there are loads of specialisations not just the MLs that require you to be in a green/grey role, requiring you to do what you’re probably thinking of as infantry stuff.

    One last thing, fashion...not something the RM hold in high on a list of importance and I’m assuming neither do the para lads.
     
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  7. Cheezy hammy eggy

    Cheezy hammy eggy Valuable Contributor

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    Feel free to take a weapon home if you want a Police SFO firearms team come visiting at 3am to your home address, having EMOE’d your front door. Then spend six years comtemplating your daft idea in Belmarsh.
    I’m not even mentioning fashion.
    -banghead--banghead-
     
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  8. Advocado

    Advocado Royal Marines Commando

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    Join the paras.
     
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  9. Major_Disaster

    Major_Disaster Member

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    Have you considered the RAF Regt? They need good men like you.
     
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    Never ages
     
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  11. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    I’ll suck some of the morale out of this thread and offer some guidance. As it’s deeply concerning that you even consider it a possibility that you can take firearms into a public place.


    Any serving personnel in the Armed Forces who wishes to purchase, acquire or have in their possession any firearm for their own private use (that is, as a private citizen rather than in the course of their military duties) must follow the same process that any member of the public is required to submit to. They must apply to the local chief officer of police for a firearms certificate, and have their application considered in the normal way (including payment of the appropriate fee).

    “Military training” is not considered to meet the good reason requirement.

    Possible reasons for a grant of a certificate include: membership of a recognised civilian or military target shooting club, sporting purposes, or shooting vermin.

    The following are prohibited firearms and no person in the United Kingdom can possess for private use.

    1. Explosive military missiles and launchers.
    2. Automatic firearms.
    3. Firearms disguised as other objects.
    4. Ammunition with penetrating, explosive or incendiary projectiles, and the projectiles for such ammunition.
    5. Pistol and revolver ammunition with expanding projectiles and the projectiles for such ammunition, except in the case of weapons for hunting or for target shooting, for persons entitled to use them.

    So- No you’ll not be able to pop a GMPG in the boot of your car and head home for the weekend! The mandatory minimum sentence for those aged 18 and over is five years' imprisonment. This can be increased to life if you endanger someone’s life.
    Bare in mind that Authorised firearms officers are first and foremost police officers. In exercising the duties of the office of constable they have a personal accountability and responsibility for the protection of life and carrying out duties associated with that office. Point being armed police officers are justified to use lethal force if required.

    It is also policy for most police forces to inform the Commanding Officer of any member of the armed forces who requests a Firearm Certificate quoting “Military Training” as “good reason” to possess a privately owned firearm.
     
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