Hi Ninja,OK, I'll start a list as I see it & add/amend as I obtain more data, so this post will grow.
The first point for RMR guys is to remember that once trained, you are deployable - those who are consistently "unavailable" or do not meet ther annual training commitment together with minimum drill night attendance, even though maybe fully trained Commandos, will find themselves being discharged. The reason for this is that billets are getting fuller and people are still wishing to join - the only way to create billets is to get rid of those who do not continue to commit.
- The potential to earn transferable skills
- Renewable part time employment contract for up to 5 years periods.
- Ability to leave within 90 days (when not deployed or mobilised)
- Ability to serve on full-time regular service contracts of up to 2 or 3 years.
- Ability to choose/volunteer for specific operational tours regardless of parent unit.
- Free gym membership
- Word travel
- Free food & accommodation when mobilised & deployed on exercise or on operations, (or on a ship).
- Transferable skills
- Additional specialist training courses to prepare you for specific jobs (first aid, fire-fighting, photography, sniper etc.,)
- World class training to make you best prepared to serve in a hostile or a life-threatening environment fully integrated with your full-time opposite number.
- Free uniform clothing
- Life experience
- Management Experience
- Adventurous Training opportunities wordlwide. (Diving in Cyprus, parachuting in Florida etc)
- Disciplined lifestyle with defined structure
- A well structured career structure with the ability to advance yourself through promotion.
- Annual pay increases
- Forces Discount Scheme- over 500 companies offer service people discount. From Holidays to hirecars to spectacles to solicitors.
- Possibility of training for civilian driving licence (up to HGV standard) after completing RMR Recruit Training.
- Free welfare support to help you look after your family if deployed or mobilised.
- Lifetime familly support network
- Pension & paid leave (if earned whilst operationally deployed).
- More chance of recovering from injury whilst in recruit training do to tempo of scheduled training.
- Holding Troop - enables the individual to physically prepare under supervision for PRMRC - and get paid whilst doing so.
- Opportunity to seamlessly transfer to regular Royal Marine as a trained rank.
- Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) opportunities for short term employment within regular service units (usually 12 months)
- RMR Disadvantages
- Longer Recruit training programme.
- Limited flexibility with regard training programme (two missed weekends = back troop).
- No pay if injured when training or off work.
- Only one Recruit Troop per year in most units.
- Disciplined lifestyle
- High likelihood of serving in a hostile or a life-threatening environment with risk of injury/death
- Worry/anxiety for your Family & Partner
- The potential to be operationaly deployed at minimal notice, thus making it difficult to plan ahead with utter certainty.
- Difficult to maintain a balance with your fulltime employment & keep your employer amenable to the service requirement.
- Trying to balance home life/work/education & maintain fitness in your own time.
- Difficult to remain current (up to date with procedures, systems & equipment).
- No pay to keep yourself fit outside of authorised training periods.
- Specialisations no longer available for RMR - remain GD
- Limited free social time at weekends due to ongoing training commitment.
- High likelihood of being operationally mobilised for 12 months upon passing recruit training.
Updated Feb 2020
I was wondering if you have anywhere I can find information on the RMR joining process, training locations once joined (are the tests done at local areas or down at lympstone), time spent in Lympstone, when the basic fitness assessment is carried out etc.
I can find lots of information on the Regulars but struggling when it comes to the RMR.
Any help is greatly appreciated