Commando Unit Speciality

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Hello,

Im struggling to find this info

- Have 40, 42 and 45 commando units got different roles within the RM and marines with certain specialisations? or are they a place for GD marines to be ready to deploy before they specialise?

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To the best of my knowledge, 42 commando's role is maritime security operations and training missions overseas and 45 commando's is arctic warfare. I also can't find 40 commando's role and it also isn't stated in the documents the recruiters give for interview revision.

After leaving CTC you spend two years as a General Duties Rifleman before going on to specialise in a role specific to yourself such as mountain leader, physical training instructor or drill instructor, etc. This is separate from the general role a commando unit plays in 3 Commando Brigade.

Hope this helps mate.
 

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Hi mate,

At the top of the homescreen there should be a tab that says ‘factsheet’. Click on it and download. Towards the back of the document there is a section that lays out the roles of the different commando units.
40,45 - fighting units
42 - maritime security
43 - protects nuclear assets

Obviously it’s a lot more detailed than that, but you’ll find all the information you need in there. While you’re reading, brush up on some memorable dates and VC winners ;)
 

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Awesome! thanks a lot boys! Am i right in saying that after your given your green lid, you dont have a choice in which unit you go to? or has this changed in recent years?
 

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You do have a choice. Doesn’t mean you’ll get what choose because the needs of the Corps comes first. But you do have a choice.
 

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You get to put forward your preferred unit followed by your second and third choices and so on. I'm not sure what the chances are of getting your first choice but I believe it depends mostly on what is happening in the Corps at the time.
 

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Also have a look at my post on SQs, these will be handy for whatever role you apply for.
 

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Just a quick one, is it possible to change units later on? So say i wanted to join 42 after passing, could I then move to say 40 if I wanted a change of role? Cheers
 

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Just a quick one, is it possible to change units later on? So say i wanted to join 42 after passing, could I then move to say 40 if I wanted a change of role? Cheers
The chances of you getting your first choice draft after passing out is slim. Only Diamonds and KB get their first choice.

You will be moved around throughout your career, depending a lot on your SQ and rank and it will not always be where you want to go. The requirements of the Corps will take precedent.

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Thanks @Caversham is there any chance you or somebody else could direct me to someone who is in 42 at the moment? Or some one who's done the maritime aspect of the marines prior. I have a few questions. Thanks you
 

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Just a quick one, is it possible to change units later on? So say i wanted to join 42 after passing, could I then move to say 40 if I wanted a change of role? Cheers
To my knowledge most lads that pass out of training currently go to 43 commando due to the training packages they run (CQB/CQC).
 

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The former is the cream of the crop of recruits, and the latter is creme de la creme.

CM winner is the creme da la creme.

Anyone who says different..

Is a KB winner.



On topic: a general rule of thumb is, look at a map of where you come fromin the UK, then find the unit that is geographically the furthest away. That’s where you’re getting drafted to.
 

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Thanks @Caversham is there any chance you or somebody else could direct me to someone who is in 42 at the moment? Or some one who's done the maritime aspect of the marines prior. I have a few questions. Thanks you
Just ask what you want to know. Every marine and recruit does amphibious training.

It’s kind of a big deal in the corps.
 

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Thanks @Caversham is there any chance you or somebody else could direct me to someone who is in 42 at the moment? Or some one who's done the maritime aspect of the marines prior. I have a few questions. Thanks you
Sorry, but that won't happen due to PERSEC, so ask your question on here and if someone knows the answer it will be posted.

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To my knowledge most lads that pass out of training currently go to 43 commando due to the training packages they run (CQB/CQC).
Most of the lads go to 43 Cdo because it hasn't been the most popular draft, not because of the training packages. There has always been a large turnover of guys at 43Cdo and its forerunner, Comacchio Coy. Best drafts have always been the fighting units.

Alan
 

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Thank you for the replies, so I guess my initial question is if one joins 42 commando, will they be stationed on vessels? I'm aware that they are the guys who do the maritime aspects primarily of the job so does that mean they would be stationers on for example a navy ship with the navy people?

Also I know that there is a raiding unit, 47 I believe, is that something that you can join straight away or would you need to join say 42 first.

In addition, if you are on board with the navy, do you mingle with them or do marines keep to themselves? What would be an avarage day if you were at sea as a marine?

Lastly, even though its technically against regulations, do marines and navy personel Get friendly with the female navy members whilst at sea? Sorry if this might seem like a ridiculous question to some but I'm genuinly intrigued if people keep it in their pants for weeks at a time at sea.

Again thank you so much for all info funneled into this.
 
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