Combat Intelligence specialisation

Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by liamj, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. liamj

    liamj New Member

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    Do opportunities exist to do the Combat Intelligence specialisation in the RMR?

    If so, how much experience as a GD Marine in the RMR would you need before you can apply for the CI specialisation, and how long does the course take? Would the opportunity exist for someone in the RMR to do a language course as part of the specialisation or are these kind of courses available to regulars only?
     
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  2. Judge_Bread

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    You are limited to the types of specialization in the RMR, meaning that certain things could be unavailable to you altogether. You'd be best to ask your local detachment.

    You can however do multiple specializations, It's not uncommon for a reserve to have 2 or 3 specializations apparently.
     
  3. "freddie"

    "freddie" Former Royal Marines SNCO.

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    That would explain why the Government think 2020 plan will work, imagine a part time unit where everyone has 2-3 specs but you have no need to keep them constantly current in those specs until you need them, massive cost cutting but with the same quality of fighting force, without any skill fade maintained for emergencies. Genius;).
     
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  4. R4Robotics

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    Combat intelligence was knocking around 18months ago, but the course hasn't come up since. Although a maritime equivalent has.

    Languages are always looked for for with courses being run to improve levels, i believe.

    As for specialisations in general - You can be straight out of the box to do most of them. PTI is an exception as you need to be Cpl due to the teaching element
     
  5. "freddie"

    "freddie" Former Royal Marines SNCO.

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    That confirms the PT3 spec has deffo been binned now then?
     
  6. R4Robotics

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    I believe so freddie
     
  7. posh_punter

    posh_punter Royal Marines Commando

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    Does anyone have any up to date info on this? Specifically on opportunities for training and whether the specialisation is still available?
     
  8. Louise

    Louise Active Member

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    Well it still exists and a training course has recently had its final excerise. The training is academically demanding and intense. It did credit you with sufficent UCAS points to enter a related degree in the third year - but not up to date on that now. I believe that currently there are more jobs than CI's to go round . Its rarely a quiet option . Thats an "outside" view.
     
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    posh_punter Royal Marines Commando

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    Sounds good. Thanks for the info. I'll see if I can find out how to go about getting on the course.
     
  10. ERFC

    ERFC Royal Marines Commando

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    Had an oppo at my last unit who was informed there was no required for CIs for the next 2/3 years. He received an outstanding pass on his acquaint so he was scheduled to be loaded onto the next available course however the spec advisor sent him an email informing him of this issue.

    Be prepared to potentially be waiting a while before you’re loaded onto a course.
     
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    posh_punter Royal Marines Commando

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    Was that RMR or a regular unit ERFC? Just did some digging on defence gateway and it looks like there are regular selection weekends for the RMR CI spec - with the next one being in March - but I can't find any info about how often the actual courses run. Probably like you say, there's potentially a long wait to start training.
     
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    *text deleted* yep 2020 has worked out well for the gov on and off paper.-vomit-
     
  13. ERFC

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    That’s was regular so I’m guessing RMR may be run differently however I’m assuming the majority of the billets are for regulars or RMR doing a full time draft.
     
  14. posh_punter

    posh_punter Royal Marines Commando

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    Update on this: I've done some asking around and have spoken to staff at HMS Ferret who were extremely helpful. Basically, RMR ranks can go and join HMS Ferret and be part of an RMR sub-unit there, with a specific focus on intelligence that's relevant to the Corps.

    The quantity of work at the moment is such, that there are loads of opportunities for blokes to get involved in all different aspects. I was informed that if I started the process now, I could probably be squared away by the end of the year - fully trained, if my RMR unit would sign it off.

    I still need to get phase 2 training finished, but I was told that once I've done this, I'd be free to apply. I doubt it would get signed off by my unit at this stage, without doing a few more exercises or possibly some kind of deployment. From the RMR's perspective, I can see that they'll not be that keen on blokes finishing phase 2 training then going straight off to HMS Ferret.

    Therefore, in reality, it would be Jan 2021 before I'd be fully squared away with this spec.
     
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