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Different Marine Units

Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by MEfan19, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. MEfan19

    MEfan19 New Member

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    I know for the PRMC I'll need to know the different Commando units. All the sources I've found are vague at best and I'm not even sure which units I really need to know about.

    If someone could tell me what the units are, their roles etc. I'd be much obliged.
     
  2. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    It’s all here

    https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-organisation/the-fighting-arms/royal-marines

    40 Commando’s role
    Trained for rapid worldwide deployment, the troops of 40 Commando are highly skilled, adaptable, and capable of combating a wide range of threats, while their light infantry role means that they are adept at engaging enemy troops in challenging terrain.

    42 Commando's role
    42 Commando deliver a combination of capabilities including: high threat capacity-building and training of overseas partnered forces; Ships Force Protection Teams; training to indigenous forces; maritime interdiction and boarding operations; UK resilience and support to the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.

    43 Commando’s role
    43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines have a vital core mission: preventing unauthorised access to the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent. They work on operations in the UK, and refine their skills through continuous training exercises at home and abroad.

    45 Commando’s role
    When acting as a Standing Task unit, 45 Commando acts as protection force for Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels around the globe. They also contribute to the UK’s domestic resilience and supply training teams to help develop foreign armed forces.

    30 Commando IX Group

    30 Commando is a diverse, ever-evolving unit, made up of the best and the brightest Britain has to offer.

    Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron deploys ahead of the main force for reconnaissance behind enemy lines. A team of Royal Marines Mountain Leaders in the main, they operate in small groups, providing the initial battle picture to 3 Commando Brigade.

    Y Squadron are the Royal Marines Electronic Warfare specialists. Always listening, they locate, intercept and disrupt enemy transmissions.


    1 Assault Group’s role
    Made up of four separate units, 1 Assault Group are masters of small boat operations. They use fast, highly manoeuvrable watercraft to conduct hit-and-run operations on enemy ships and to deliver troops and equipment ashore.

    539 Assault Squadron’s role
    Made up of more than 100 personnel, 539 Assault Squadron is equipped with a range of high-tech landing craft, including Rigid Raiders, the Griffon 2000TD hovercraft, and the Viking amphibious armoured vehicle, which they use to deliver their fellow troops to land.



    Commando Logistic Regiment’s role
    As one of the most versatile units in the Royal Navy, Commando Logistic Regiment’s role is extremely varied. Its primary purpose is to act as 3 Commando Brigade’s dedicated logistic unit, providing essential supplies (such as food, water, ammunition and fuel) to front line Commando units.


    Special Boat Service’s role
    The SBS is a tier 1 Special Forces unit within the UKSF group. Made up of small, highly trained teams, they specialise in counter-terrorism, special forces operations and undercover raids that exploit the element of surprise.
     
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  3. Rover

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    A joint RN/RM unit that tends to be overlooked......o_O


    CHF Mobile Air Operations Team;)


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    Members of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) Mobile Air Operations Team (MAOT) pictured at a helicopter landing site (HLS) during an exercise with 45 Commando Royal Marines.

    The CHF Mobile Air Operations Team is a parachute-trained Royal Navy unit staffed by Royal Navy Commandos and Royal Marines Commandos. Their role is to direct the movement of men and supplies by helicopters. MAOTs select and recce helicopter landing sites, guide in a helicopter assault force, organize casualty evacuation and troop extraction. The unit also supports maritime counter terrorism operations.:)
     
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  4. Chelonian

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    At first glance a broadly similar ground role to that of the original Airborne Pathfinders in the 1940s.
     
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  5. Chelonian

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    Tacti-cool always trumps tactical. :)
     
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  6. Rover

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    ‘Tacti-cool’ being with sunglasses and ‘Tactical’ being without!:cool:;)
     
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  7. Rover

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    A few changes over the years, size being one. Otherwise the basics remain the same as the 1940's, although now specialising with helicopter operations.:cool:

    Mobile Air Operations Team

    The Mobile Air Operations Team (MAOT) is an elite Royal Navy unit that provides specialized assistance to the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF).

    The MAOT helps select helicopter landing sites (HLS) and marshal CHF air assault operations. This is achieved by examining satellite imagery and/or a recce of the HLS in question, and by accompanying the assault force on to the objective. Royal Navy Commandos and Royal Marines from the MAOT may attach to recce units such as 3 Commando Brigade's Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) in order to recce a proposed HLS and to bring the aircraft in. In the case of a recce by satellite photo only, MAOT personnel will deploy with the assault force onto the HLS. Once the force has landed, MAOTs stand ready to organize casualty evacuation flights and to direct the subsequent extraction of ground forces by helicopter.


    The CHF's MAOT is a small unit that comprises of just 16 men, split into 3 operational teams and an HQ element. Each operational team is further split into 2-man pairs who share the duties when deployed. The operational teams rotate through tours in a number of different roles: Green and Black.

    • Green : providing support to 3 Commando Brigade
    • Black : in this role MAOT personnel attach to a maritime counter-terrorism or counter-piracy force. Black-roled MAOTs will help plan and coordinate the helicopter insertion and extraction aspect of the operation. A MAOT element will typically follow the assault team onto the maritime objective in order to marshal the air traffic to ensure that all personnel - troops, hostages and captured enemy forces - are extracted.
    All members of the MAOT are Commando Trained and come from an aviation background. Royal Navy personnel in the team must have passed the All Arms Commando Course. They are also trained in basic parachuting and helicopter insertion techniques such as fast-roping and abseiling. The unit also has a training role in which it runs refresher courses in such insertion skills. MAOTs also receive ISTAR (information surveillance target aquisition reconnaissance) training.
     
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  8. Rover

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    A slight nudge for those who do not understand the function of the #search facility!;)
     
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  9. Ghost123

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    Pretty sure this has been asked numerous times, so apologies! Once passing out, what happens in terms of which unit you go to?

    Will you be asked what is your preference? Do you just simply answer and hope for the best? Do you have to provide motivation as to why you want to go to lets say 42 Commando?

    Is it possible to not be given a choice at all? Can you go anywhere else other than 40, 42 43 & 45?

    I have my mind dead set on one of the above. That being said i know its take one day at a time and worry about that at the end. I'm just curious as to what the process is and how it works.

    Also if you are sent somewhere you really dont want to go.. How long till you could transfer?

    Appreciate the replies, thanks!
     
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  10. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    It depends on which units have vacancies. I do believe you have an opportunity to submit a first, second and third choice. If it fits with manning requirements then you’ll be posted to -your first choice


    Can any serving Royals confirm ?
     
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  11. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    You will asked for your preferences, but will go where the Corps needs you. Most tend to end up at 43 Cdo. King's Badgeman gets first choice.

    Normal draft is around a couple of years or so, but I'm out the loop, so that may have changed.

    Alan
     
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  12. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    At some point after Final Ex you'll be asked for your preference of units. You can only select from 40, 42, 43 or 45. You don't have to provide any motivation.

    Ultimately it comes down to where there are vacancies, my troop only had the choice of 40 or 43. Only those who are awarded the Kings Badge or Diamonds (I think) are guaranteed their first choice.

    Transferring as a GD almost certainly won't happen as you don't spend that long as a GD anymore.
     
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  13. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    Your riding some serious GD wave if you spend 2 years at your first draft! Unfortunately the average is probably around 12 months now.
     
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  14. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Thanks! I spent all my time as GD, but that was.............a while ago!

    Alan
     
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  15. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    It is still possible but means getting Lance Corporal very early but even that hasn't stopped people getting pinged.
     
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  16. Squatmonkey

    Squatmonkey Royal Marines Commando

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    I think it’s generally easier to get 43 or 45 because of people wanting to be down south. I’ve heard picking up lcpl gd gives you a 2 year draft and dss rights at the end. However, I guess like anything in the corps, experiences may vary!
     
  17. lilsis

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    U can put in your preference as to where u would like to go but the reality is they just decided it by surname alphabetical in afraid unless u get one of the diamond etc badges when passing out then they get their first choice :(
     
  18. Ghost123

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    Thanks for all the replies! That pretty much sums it up then. Hope you dont mind a few more questions.

    Recomendations on the below:

    1. You dont get the unit you want. Should you immediately pick one of the speciality jobs that no one wants, do it for a year and move on afterwoulds? Is it that simple?

    2. Should you put in for a specialisation asap. Or go GD for as long as possible?

    3. Best way to go about getting the specialised job and unit you would eventually like? Without getting stuck in a job and unit where you dont want be in.

    4. Any rare story's of people being promoted to cpl extremely quickly? What does it involve?

    Appreciate all the advice. Not finding anything descriptive online and I know only people allready serving will have the solid answers.

    Thanks! :)
     
  19. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    1. It's not that simple. Just because you do a less popular job doesn't mean you'll get the location you want either. You will have a 2 year return of service when you enter a SQ (some are longer).

    2. Put in for the one you want asap. This may help you avoid getting DSS'd.

    3. When you put in your career preferences you can also select location preferences too.

    4. If you stay GD probably around 4 years but you need to be realistic- you aren't getting promoted after 2 years.

    You are obviously concerned about location and unit so what is your preference?
     
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  20. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    It took me 4 and a bit years and one tour to pick up my first tape. Take your time and enjoy a stress free life as a bod. Don’t underestimate how much of a dogsbody you are as a lance jack.
     
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