Got a heavy train ride back on my ones so I thought I'd give you all a bit of a glimpse into my few days down at CTC as promised.
Arrived at 5pm and was surprised to find there were only 2 other lads on the course there. Get there around that time as tea was at 7 and I had loads of time to get unpacked and settled in to the accom ready for the trial by fire during the week. Food was cracking all week - one thing I'd say is stuff in as much as you can - - because the rest of the week the timings are ridiculously tight and we hardly had time to scran bar the evenings after all the details were completed. 17 due to start the course, 2 no shows.
Sweat and dread. It was ridiculously humid all week and even the warm ups were causing a bit of cramp all round. BFT was decent - fairly flat course but we had a pretty varied range of times. Quickest was 7:37 and slowest was 9:40 something. I was somewhere in the front of the middle of the pack with 8:23. What I'd probably advise is doing the BFT when your legs are already fatigued. We ran the first 1.5 miles way quicker than 12 minutes as well. We weren't allowed watches but I could just tell we were gassing it on the running sections. Group presentation was pretty standard - make sure everybody contributes equally and you get around each other if you have gaps in your knowledge. Again essay pretty straightforward, although I got marked down with mine because my handwriting is like a chimpanzee with epilepsy has been given a pen so make it...
I thought I would post this as I think it may be beneficial to people going forward with their applications and hope that it can serve people to be better prepared when going down to Lympstone. As people may have seen I was on the POC for April 30th and unfortunately I failed on the gym tests - an element I thought I would comfortably pass through all of my preparations. It has taken me some time before being able to post anything with regards to this as I've found it difficult to accept initially and it's really been a blow to me, but I think it's important to bring to light something which everyone appears to talk about before heading to PRMC/POC.
That thing is the 'adrenaline boost' that many people say they will get which will inevitably increase their gym test scores on the day and mean they can do better than in training. I hadn't bargained on this happening and was only hoping to achieve what I had been doing in training which would have been sufficient in passing the gym tests, however; I experienced the opposite end of the scale in feeling extreme nerves and lacking in confidence on the day. At this point I would like to point out that my scores in preparation (and I promise there is no exaggeration here) were 40 press ups, 70 sit ups, 8 pull ups, 12.1 bleep test and 9.33 BFT, compared to on the day when I achieved 9.50 BFT, 34 press ups, 54 sit ups (with 4 knocked off as my head didn't touch the mat), 11.6 bleep test and 5 pull ups, thus scoring me 171 points on the RMFA. I found myself at the...
PRMC 17-003 (09 - 12 May 2017)
Total Number (Booked On) 44
Course ‘Fit’ Number 44
WAOR - BFT 2 !!
VO2 - FAIL 1
WAOR - BF 2
Total pass 39
Total fails 5
Course Pass rate 88.64%
The course achieved the following grades:
5 Candidates achieved a grade A pass.
20 Candidates achieved a grade B pass.
13 Candidates achieved a grade C pass.
There were 6 candidateson second attempt and all 6 passed.
There were 4 candidateson third and final attempt and all 4 passed.
1 candidate failed the VO2 Max Test. The lowest VO2 passscore was 10.4 and the highest was 12.12.
The next course loading stands at 25 candidates. This will be PRMC Course 17-04 (16-19 May 2017).
Issued by CTCRM:
"The 12 week training programme is appropriate for males and females to conduct and use as a guide prior to attending a Potential Officer (POC) or Royal Marine Course (PRMC). The programme is designed for an individual to assess their personal fitness ability and begin the programme at the appropriate level, broken down into 3 building blocks, each consisting of 4 weeks. Each block is replicated, progressively increasing the difficulty of each circuit, run and exercise. The level to begin will depend on the person’s fitness ability, ensuring progressive physical gains are achieved, developing muscular adaptation and the cardiovascular system.
All potential candidates are advised to conduct the training programme and to ensure they are confident of successfully passing the physical requirements of the POC or PRMC before attending.
Fitness Assessments and Markers
During the programme there are fitness markers to evaluate your fitness levels, the Royal Marines Fitness Assessment RMFA) and a 3 mile Run, which is an element of the Royal Marines Basic Fitness Test (RMBFT). These are to confirm sufficient progression has been achieved or not. If achieved, the programme is to be continued, if not, regression to a previous week is required to ensure the required gains are made in order to achieve success.
Olympic weight lifting develops synchronization, balance, flexibility, coordination and strength, all of which are important elements of all...
I was part of the 30th April 2017 POC, and what follows is my personal experience of the event.
I apologise in advance for it being long, and I am sure I will miss a few details.
Day 1, Sunday - Travel and nerves.
Aim to get to CTCRM for around 5, this will give you time to settle in, meet the rest or the course without rushing.
No matter where you are coming from in the country, or world (one bloke flew in from Greece the night before), I'd recommend train over driving. It gave me time to collect my thoughts and put in some last minute prep.
After arriving we were directed to the officers’ mess by the gate staff then onto our rooms by the porters. Unpack your belongings in a way that will enable you to change efficiently throughout the course, as you will have limited time between tasks and, you will be expected to shower regularly (bring two towels!). The first meal was an excellent opportunity to start bonding as a unit, I truly believe our team chemistry helped the entire course during some of the later, rougher parts of the POC. We chatted for a short while after dinner before realising that the only person who had been to a POC before had gone to bed, so we quickly followed suit.
Day 2, Monday - Fitness tests and classroom
Breakfast was at 6:45, after which we met in the bar at 8:00 to meet the Colour Sergeant overseeing the course for the first time. He delivered a brief of expectations and health and safety, before splitting us into two teams, red and blue, that played a part in most details...
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