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May seem like a bit of a random question, but something that I was wondering recently - do lads that get pinged to a less desirable SQ still manage to get involved with other lads in the unit? Or do they get “left out” of runs ashore etc. Personally I’d be happy to get pinged in return for a shot at my first choice SQ as long as it doesn’t mean missing out on the social culture of the RM!
 

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May seem like a bit of a random question, but something that I was wondering recently - do lads that get pinged to a less desirable SQ still manage to get involved with other lads in the unit? Or do they get “left out” of runs ashore etc. Personally I’d be happy to get pinged in return for a shot at my first choice SQ as long as it doesn’t mean missing out on the social culture of the RM!
Nah you don’t miss out at all, you still have the usual stuff, your not put away in a box. Only thing is as a duty drives you have to abide by driving hours and drinking so you won’t be able to go and get smashed the night before a drive.
It’s not like it used to be..
 
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I'm at commando logs at the moment and we do more infantry(green skills) than we do driving at the moment.
If someone were to volunteer for CLR would they then be more likely to get into 40/45 to get involved with the special operations style stuff mention as part of the FCF?
 

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If you want 40/45 put it in at the end of training. Dont try second guessing or over thinking things. Put in what you want.
 

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Yer I chose to go there. I'm getting on a bit now and don't want to be doing section attacks all the time
How does this affect you lads that are getting on career wise ? Is there a stage you get to when you just go to hell with this sick of being cold wet section attacks yomping crazy weight/distance? Are there places to go that you can avoid that and “get a desk job” as it were ? Or how does it generally go when you hit the pension trap stage ?
 

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How does this affect you lads that are getting on career wise ? Is there a stage you get to when you just go to hell with this sick of being cold wet section attacks yomping crazy weight/distance? Are there places to go that you can avoid that and “get a desk job” as it were ? Or how does it generally go when you hit the pension trap stage ?

From people I have known, once you have experienced all of that stuff, you don't need to do it again. The novelty wears off after a while
 

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This is what I was meaning really is there a point (not sure how long you’ve been in) that you just cannot be bothered with the rigours of constantly being cold wet and hanging out. Is it more likely you would simply leave rather than get a “desk job” or does taking the ping early and getting promoted work better for a longer term career plan ? Probably should have worded that better.
 

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In regards to postings, after your first posting and you specialise and get sent somewhere else, are you more likely to stay there? Rather than 2 years and move on. Cheers
 

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Well your job changes as you progress through the ranks. If you remain in green roles then the field basically becomes less arduous for you and your job on camp becomes honking haha.

For example, Cpl and below life is a breeze on camp, a bit of admin to do here and there, some background training and a lot of phys but in the field you'll be grafting hard, out on recces, sentry in the harbour/FOB, out on deliberate actions, there is always work to be done.

For a Sgt and above their job on camp is hectic, they'll be welded into their desk chair doing all manner of admin and planning, however in the field they'll remain relatively well rested and will again be conducting a whirlwind of admin but use of their powers of delegation and their requirement to only go out on the ground for large scale actions definitely makes living in field conditions less arduous for them.

Everyone is different, some will get a few years of soldiering under their belt then like the idea of working in a support role, others will love soldiering and want to it for as long as their knees and back holds out.

In regards to postings, after your first posting and you specialise and get sent somewhere else, are you more likely to stay there? Rather than 2 years and move on. Cheers

2 years and move on.
 

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This is what I was meaning really is there a point (not sure how long you’ve been in) that you just cannot be bothered with the rigours of constantly being cold wet and hanging out. Is it more likely you would simply leave rather than get a “desk job” or does taking the ping early and getting promoted work better for a longer term career plan ? Probably should have worded that better.

Wouldn't really say can not be bothered, more 'moving on' from field roles, as like anything, the older you get the more wear and tear your body suffers and takes longer to recover. Your knees and back can only take so much yomping or gpmg carrying.

I do know of lads who did a Herrick tour or 2, ticked that box and took on a less desirable job due to home stability and financial reasons.

Many join the corps at a young age with no commitments and pockets full of beer tokens, eager to travel the world and go on as many exercises and and trips abroad. But as time comes, they meet a partner, want kids and settle down.
 

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As above, most people's interests and ambitions evolve and change as we get older. It's a funny old world.

I'd suggest keeping an open and inquiring mind to anyone embarking on a service career. Don't dismiss a role because it doesn't involve storming a beach 24-7 with a dagger clenched between teeth.
 
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