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Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by beans12345, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. beans12345

    beans12345 New Member

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    Hi does anybody know what sort of benefits your family get from a career in the Royal Marines? I have a 2 year old daughter and a missus and wish to pursue a career in the RM just wondering if there’s any benefits and holidays etc..
     
  2. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    35 days minimum holiday a year. Military discount on a variety of days out/ shopping.

    Family days put on by the unit you're at etc.

    There are more, such as not having to worry about dental costs for yourself, or gym costs. Non contributory pension (even if it is shite). No fear of lost income because you're ill. Plus side is the military is surprisingly good at welfare, in my experience.
     
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  3. beans12345

    beans12345 New Member

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    What’s the living accommodation like when you pass out as a soldier? And go to your unit
     
  4. R

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    This is a very subjective question. If your married, once you finish Recruit Training and become a training rank you can make an application for Service Families Accomodation (SFA). You will then have a home close to your barracks, the cost and quality varies depending on availability and location. SFA is tri-service, so you will be surrounded by other military families, but they wont necessarily be royal marine families.

    Deployed welfare is pretty good, just because you get 35 days leave a year doesnt mean you will always be able to take it.

    A big benefit is however that you can take your kids out of school for holidays if your leave window doesnt align with school holidays, ive done this afew times and sent a letter to the school to avoid the council fines for truancy.

    Really you will need 2 household incomes as the marine wage isnt huge, and you will need to budget, especially with all the costs that come with kids. Good luck.
     
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    I read somewhere that this is now being opened up to those who aren't married as well? Or am I making stuff up.
     
  6. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    You can choose to live where you want once you have passed out. As for eligibility for SFA, it used to be 100% married, but I have heard somewhere that exceptions can be made. I can't remember what they were, but I guess that single parents, civil partnerships and same sex couples may have eligibility now, but as I say, that's just a guess.

    Alan
     
  7. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    It's proof of stable and long term relationship now, ie you've got children or can price you've been together for an extended period of time.
     
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    There is a pilot program of sorts, with changes, but i have not heard anything further as of yet.
     
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    Does this also mean they can take their mums out of school too? L O L
     
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    ex killick Ex-Matelot

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    What about gays?


    Outrage bus????
     
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    R Well-Known Member

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    As your an ex-matlow is it really still a concern for you? :D
     
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    ex killick Ex-Matelot

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    Always mate, always. Ex STC though! Shhhhhhh
     
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    My bootneck can't spell matelot either! :D
     
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    Oh the shame of the Faux pas!
     
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    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    M.A.R.I.N.E.

    Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential.
     
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    Got a few mates who I was in Royal Marines training with 1 at 43 Scotland other in 45 mate in 43 says he hasn’t been on any exercise since passing out of training and mate in 45 has been in Florida training which units deploy most ie train more or travel more?
     
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