Alright guys. Haven't seen too many diaries for a while and I found them a massive help so I'll do my best to give a detailed account of the week.
Tuesday is simple enough, travel down (meeting up with guys certainly helps pass the time so get stuck in). Once you get to CTC you'll wait by the platform before a Corporal will come and get you. Then it's a case of getting kit issued, unpacking, a couple of lectures and then scran.
You'll be up early each morning at 0530 and I didn't sleep much the Tuesday night so was pretty knackered throughout the Wednesday but you're too busy to notice it to be honest. We started off the day with a drill session which was good fun and pretty basic. We then met our PTI who was quality. Massive guy with tatts and proper commando tash. But he was a right laugh so don't flap. You'll do a heavy warm up before each physical evolution except RMFA so get that into your training. I was in the front rank for the first 1.5 and it was almost a speed march. You'd have brief periods of fast walking but the rest was run at what felt like 7:30 min miles I guess. You'll get a couple of minutes to piss or sort your laces and then it's time to go for the return. The first 500m or so is very tight and we had a big group so watch your footing. Give it everything on this. It's a relief to get points In the bag early. After BFT we had some lectures I believe and a knowledge test which was fine if you've done your research. We marched down to Hunter Hall for the RMFA and I kid you not, it felt like a tornado...
PRMC 17-017 (5th – 8th September 2017)
Total Number (Booked On) 38
Course ‘Fit’ Number 37
No show 1
WAOR Before course 3
POINTS FAIL- 1
WAOC – B/F 8
WAOR – END 2
Total fails - 16
Total Pass – 22
Pass rate – 64.71%
The course achieved the following grades:
6 Candidates achieved a grade A pass - well done
13 Candidates achieved a grade B pass.
2 Candidates achieved a grade C pass.
3 candidates were on 2nd attempt - of which 2 passed.
1 candidate was on his 3rd attempt and failed.
The lowest VO2 score was 10.5 and the highest was 13.8
The next course loading is 43. This will be PRMC 17-018 (12th-15th September 2017).
Chief Instructors comments
There have been 3 candidates this week that have shown below standard swimming ability. All candidates must be able to swim prior to starting their PRMC and have confidence under water to fetch a brick from the bottom of the pool. The candidate that made it to the end of the course received a deferred pass and will need to return to PRMC to conduct day one again.
There have been three candidates this week that decided to withdraw themselves before actually starting the course. These candidates were given a Nil return after a debrief from the chief instructor.
The RM Branch Manager will now consider all RM Trained Ranks who have left the service for re-entry providing all standard eligibility criteria can be met.
However individuals with Technical trades will only be considered for re-entry within their source specialisations.
Ranks from GD Specs (GD, HW, PW, PT etc.) will re-enter on the condition of filling the requirement at shortage category specialisations which would normally be Directly Selected Specialisations (DSS) such as Sigs, Clerk, SA and Drivers. They will enter on the understanding that failure to complete the SQ3 training directed on re-entry will result in the offer been withdrawn and any future training and further employment would be re-considered.
Exceptionally the RM Branch Manager will consider Cpls and above depending on length of time outside and their SQ.
All applicants are advised that re-entry/transfer into RM(GS) is at the discretion of RM Branch management based on Service requirement.
The Royal Navy Psychometric Test is 4 part multiple choice, 30 questions in each section & you should aim to get a minimum of 50% correct in each of the 4 sections to be assured of a good pass & to leave viable job options in the Navy, should you not make the physical grade as a Royal Marine. If you score less than ten out of 30 in the English or maths sections, it's an automatic fail for any job. The questions aren't hard, but you need to work fast. If you fail it can be as much as 12 months for a re-sit, so beware falling at the first hurdle. The booklet is available free,from your AFCO and there are practice tests on the Royal Navy Website.
The test sections are as follows: Reasoning 9 mins, Literacy 9 mins, Numeracy 16 mins, Mechanical Comprehension 10 mins. Thirty questions in each section. In total 120 questions in 44 minutes.
The introduction of a minimum score in the mechanical comprehension section for Other Ranks is catching a lot of guys out - don't underestimate it, the pass Mark in is now 12/30.
For Officers, minimum scores have been introduced in the Reasoning, Literacy & Numeracy. For Officer you need to aim for 75% correct in each section.
You get a free practice test booklet from the AFCO which is an excellent guide to what to expect. The questions are drawn directly from all three versions of the Recruiting Test with...
Follow the link to convert pre 2017 qualifications to the new UCAS tariff: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/role-finder/ucas-calculator?popup=true
- If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas;
- A levels taken before 2017: you need 180 UCAS points from at least two non-overlapping subjects. For A levels, they must be passed at Grade D or better. At AS, not taken to A2 and passed at B or better.
- If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths;
- GCSEs taken before 2017; you need 5 at grades A*– C including English Language and Maths.
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