Deployment

Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by Safeness, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Safeness

    Safeness New Member

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    Apologies if this has been mentioned before...

    I'm interested in joining the RMR as an officer while studying for a degree. Just wanted to know the likelihood of being deployed, potential places it will be in the future and if one can 'opt out' of being deployed (sounding like a true pussy, but in the event of a short term career opportunity or family issues)?

    Also, once you're able to specialize, can you actually choose your area or is it essentially chosen for you?

    Lastly, what is the full list of specializations (if unknown, is an Intelligence Officer role available)?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Motivated

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    Hi mate, I cant help you with the first questions but thats most likely one for @Ninja_Stoker . As for the last one different specialisations include " Throughout his career, a Marine can specialise in a number of different roles upon completion of their respective courses after spending 1–2 years as a general duties (GD) Marine. Examples of some specialisations and different courses includes the mountain leader (ML), physical training instructor (PTI), Assault Engineer (AE), military police (MP), sniper course, medical assistant, pilot, reconnaissance operator (RO), drill instructor, driver, clerk, chef, signaller, combat intelligence, armourer, and heavy weapons training. Royal Marines can also apply for swimmer canoeist/Special Boat Service selection (SBS) or any other branch of the UKSF.[53] All Royal Marines will also conduct training exercises on differing military skills on a regular basis including development in mountain, arctic, jungle, amphibious and desert warfare. They can also be involved in exchange training programs with other countries forces – particularly the United States Marine Corps[3] and the Netherlands Marine Corps/Korps Mariniers.[4]" -Thats from wiki.
     
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  3. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Why Officer? And RMR is a Part Time Job that requires a lot of Commitment and free time, its not a Jolly while you do your degree. As far as I am aware you can't join RMR straight as an Officer.
    If your looking for a jolly while at Uni, look at UOTC, UAS, etc. They are geared towards University

    Nope, unless you have a good Welfare Excuse, or are in Fulltime Education, but it depends who you are, what the excuse is and what you do.

    RMR units have SQs given to them already.

    If you want to choose your SQ, go Regular Service. You can do Combat Intelligence as a Marine, and I am sure there is an Officer SQ for it too.

    A lot of people see or think the RMR is a backdoor in, or a short cut, or just a jolly and for them to do a few things they have seen on COD or Movies, but its a job, it has a role, and its not about what you want, its what the Service wants.
     
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  4. Safeness

    Safeness New Member

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    Officer because I want to lead other highly capable commandos, joining higher (after basic training I believe you can take the potential officers course) is always better, and it would be an honor.

    I'm in my second year at university and I'm pretty sure it'll be too late to do the University specific roles. But in no way do I see this as an easy option or a COD style job. I want to be an elite soldier, highly trained and fit, and get some discipline down me.
     
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  5. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Yea if i remember correctly, you have to served as a Commando First before getting sponsored by your Unit to put you through POC. I am hoping someone can come and confirm or deny that.

    If your motivated, you will find a way. Get down to your local RMR unit, phone them up and go have a look around. Would you be interested in going regulars after Uni?
     
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

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    @ThreadpigeonsAlpha is spot-on. The role of the Royal Marines Reserves is to augment the trained strength of the regular Royal Marines. It isn't a 'taster' or a fast route to a green beret.

    In my experience, the level of commitment required to complete RMR OR training whilst at uni is a fairly big ask and can take between 14-18 months...making it a more viable option as a first year student rather than second/third/fourth.

    Can it be done? Yep, but what for and at what cost?

    If you are paying £27K (plus student debt) to get a degree, I'd suggest it's worthwhile getting the best you can achieve rather than pay the same and risk settling for a Third Class degree.

    Fully trained RMR Other Ranks wishing to join the regular service must currently complete selection and undertake the entire 32 regular service Recruit Training package. Likewise RMR Officers are not routinely deployed in a Troop Commander role and are more likely to be employed in a support (G4) or admin role.

    Nothing stopping anyone having a crack at RMR Officer as a second year student, joining initially as an Other Rank, but the odds of achieving the goal via that route is fairly remote within a 15 month window of opportunity prior to graduation - especially given that most RMR Recruit Troops will not commence before September 2017.
     
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