Driving course after training

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i was told on my prmc that as a troop when we pass out we all go away to get all our driving licences so we can drive heavy vehicle. i just want to confirm if this is definately true.
 

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No, they were lieing. :laugh:

Yes, my PRMC were told this also, it's true. :redface:
 

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Is it a standard driving test or one to drive heavy vehicles?

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I heard anything up to 4 tonne?

Also, what about bikes? I assume they're not covered as we don't really use them anymore, but it'd save me some money! :D
 

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That's great news that is, I always wandered if not having a license might be a problem, it would be quite useful.

By the way, is this available to Officers as well?
 
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its compulsory for everyone now, instead of heading to your unit after passing out you will got to the driving course first.
 

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...By the way, is this available to Officers as well?
Not sure on that one.

I have a feeling it may not be as Officers are normally sent to their unit immediately they are trained (expensive commodities). An Other Ranks marine used as a driver tends to be more usefully employed driving the vehicles which he can also load & unload at the beginning & end of each journey.

It isn't that an Officer cannot undertake those tasks, it's more a case of being a rather expensive method of completing them with an over-qualified individual who may be better employed managing. Again, I'm not100% certain & am happy to stand corrected.
 

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Different Courses

I heard anything up to 4 tonne?

Also, what about bikes? I assume they're not covered as we don't really use them anymore, but it'd save me some money! :D
There is a way to get your bike license, which is to specialise as a Royal Marines Poiliceman. I did this near the end of my career and got my car license, light vehicles with a trailer and my motor bike license. The motorbike training course was great. We spent a week doing part 1 around cones and then a week on the road followed by a day's worth of scrambling and then the test.

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sounds good! just a thing to note: it wouldn't be a tonne licence, basic car licnence means you're allowed to drive anything up to a 7.5tonner methinks
 

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That's a shame about the Officers, but I would have expected them to be sent out straight the way to their units, considering the length of training and what not.

By the way, who is the actual driving instructor? Someone from the military or a civilian contractor..? I imagine it's quite condensed if it all has to fit in to two weeks though?
 

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Driving

I can't vouch for the Heavy Goods stuff as that wasn't part of my course.

However, the car, light vehicles and motorbike training were all done by our own guys.

I remember being very nervous when I was first introduced to an Armstrong Commando bike. However, after I got used to it and we hit the open roads I seemed to grow devilish horns and became a little wild with the thing!!

Cheers

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Drives Course - DST Leconfield

As far as Im aware,

RM Officers cannot partake in the driving of any service vehicles, at least not when travelling with a Non-Comissioned Officer any way. I reckon the thinking behind it is that they should be the Vehicle Commander and should therefore be sat in the Passenger seat.......to erm...Command I suppose!

With regards to Driver courses, due to the fact that ALL vehicles in Theatre are now over 3 and half Tonne with the extra Armour and upgrades, they fall into the HGV bracket hence a normal 'B' Cat Car licence not getting you far. At the moment while in RT you will fill in relevant forms and get your licence loaded up with Provisional HGV Categories then on completion of RT and your leave you will turn too at DST Leconfield for a 'User Drivers' course (if you already have a Car Licence you nay get extra leave.......dont hold me to that though!). On some occasions a few Marines may dodge the Course depending on their new Units schedule at the time i.e. Operational Training etc.

So in a Nutshell, 2500 quids worth of Training, Car licence and a HGV licence in a very short time....scary!

Hope that clears it up,

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well thats brilliant, cheers sir. thats me not paying for driving lessons :)
 
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