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Hi all, I wanted to post a diary of my recent prmc as I have used this site before so thought it would be useful to help any lads who are also in the same boat. 43 lads started and 31 passed.
Arrived at CTCRM at about 2:00 whilst just waiting for the rest of the course to arrive as the majority came a little later than 2:00. Our first task was do fill in some forms and MAKE SURE they are all filled in correctly otherwise the corporals will give you burpees to do! We then drew the following kit and equipment out which we would need for the next few days: 1x duvet cover, pillow case and mattress cover, a pair of boots which we also had to polish, a water bottle, combat trousers, a jacket, a shirt and a pcs PT top. The first day was rather relaxed and is a good opportunity to get to know the other lads as they will most likely be in your troop if you are successful. In the evening you will go to scran, clean your accomodaition and other than that just get some sleep for tomorrow’s actives.
Get up at 5, shower shave and get ready for scran. When you get back to your accommodation, change into phys kit and get ready for the RMFA. We also did a bit of drill to let our food go down which was quite useful. When you make your way over to the gym get into your mind NOT to scratch, fidget, speak or mince around inside the gym. The PTI’s are like hawks and will pick anything up and you will be invited to do extra phys if they catch you so just be self disciplined. Our course was quite large so the VO2 MAX was split...
With immediate effect RMR PRMCs will be conducted at CTC, same as regular service PRMCs & carry the same period of validity to exactly the same standards.
I have tried to remember the times as best as I can, however I may be off by 15 minutes in either direction so I do apologize, if there are any other lads on here that were on this PRMC feel free to message me and I’ll edit the times accordingly. The same goes for anything I may have missed, thanks.
25 Started this course, 15 passed. Only 1 lad got an A grade and of course he won the Halliday award which he 100% deserved so well done to him!
I passed PRMC with a C Grade which is a pass but in my opinion not great. I know my weakness was sit-ups and probably running but I will work on that and start RT as strong as I can get.
Vo2 max = 11.4
Press ups = 60
Sit-ups = 41
Pull-ups = 10
1.5 Mile return time = 09:23
Assault course time = Unknown for now, I will contact my AFCO and update it when I receive a response.
I got the train around 12:45 from Bristol to Exeter St Davids, within 2 minutes of getting on the train I had already bumped into other PRMC candidates. As I don’t know trains too well I decided to just stay in my assigned seat rather than risk having some train person give me lip for swapping seats.
Once we got to Exeter St Davids, a group of around 7 of us formed and we had the usual meet and greet chats and proceeded to swap to the Lympstone train. Once boarded we all congregated to one end of the train and swapped stories about where we were from etc… then we sat quietly for a bit, probably all thinking the about what absolute storm is coming… Getting...
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I've had my sights set on applying to be an RM Officer since I was about 14. Currently I'm training with RMR (for fitness + soldiering experience) but in 2 years time, after I graduate from university, I plan to go regular as an officer. However, these last few days I've been hearing things about officers and my experience with the corps so far has raised a few questions in my mind. I've read a number of posts on here explaining (vaguely) what RM officers do. I understand that troop admin and responsibility for training and morale is central for junior officers. However, I'm wondering...is that it?
When first applying, the WO who interviewed me said "other ranks have more fun" and that as a YO I could look forward to 4 years of being the office b*text deleted**h, doing the paperwork that no adjutant or major wanted to do, and then by the time I'm promoted, I'd no longer be a field officer and I'd be stuck behind a desk for the rest of my career. The more time I'd spend as an officer, the further and further I'd get from the field, doing hands on soldiering. I brushed it off at the time *text deleted* I thought he was joking. Correct me if I have this wrong, but there's no way in hell I'd go through RT + 32 more weeks of training only to become a glorified office clerk, no matter how fancy and important my work was.
Secondly, I was looking at all the specialisations available in RM and most of the ones I'd love to do (armourer, PTI, sniper) only seem to be available to other rank marines. I...
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