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We reckon about 60% of people attending PRMC use this forum - would you agree with that guestimate or is is greater than that, or maybe less?
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The Royal Marines YouTube channel has been kind enough to upload another useful playlist. This time, as the title suggests, it's about how to iron and fold your shirts and trousers. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuosRAmgaw1pmpaEwxCK8IEep7AAyw0Jq
1) How to iron PCS combat trousers
2) How to iron a PCS combat shirt
3) Hold to fold PCS shirt sleeves
4) How to iron a Royal Marines Stone Shirt
5) How to fold your Stone Shirt ready for a locker inspection
Alright Lads, found this forum incredibly useful so thought i'd spend a bit of time contributing.
No new info, just sharing experiences from my PRMC along with some tips for those guys who have their's looming... Won't mention any names to protect people's anonymity.
Arrived at CTCRM in the morning because I flew into exeter, pretty much sat twiddling my thumbs for a few hours whilst taking as long as possible to unpack and brush up on core history. Eventually another potential recruit arrived around 12:30, we grabbed our kit plus a pair of boots and got to polishing as the rest of the guys showed up. The atmosphere was pretty chilled at this point, after diner we had our initial brief to let us know how things would go down over the next few days. From then on S*text deleted*T got serious, we were instructed on how we were expected to behave at Lympstone and how to address members of the training team. Although the atmosphere was different, the corporal giving the brief was a great...
Given the recent difficulties with applications it has been decided to extend the latest date for RM Officer applications into January 18.
The website will be amended to give a latest date for applications of 19 Jan 18.
Any RM Officer applications received now will be prioritised and candidates must be pro-active in pushing their applications forward. Candidates must complete selection up to passing PJFT no later than 13 Apr to make the deadlines to meet the 2018 selection board.
If you wish to apply to join as a Royal Marines Officer in 2018 and are having difficulty with your online application - contact your AFCO, who will make every effort to assist.
Hi Lads - A breakdown here of what happened on my PRMC 17-030 (12th - 15th December 2017)
Arrived at Lympstone Commando for 13:00 with several guys who I’d met at Exeter St Davids. We were led up to the PRMC grots (marine bedrooms) and asked to unpack our bags into the wardrobes, get changed into gash pt (sports kit) with a numbered bib on and stand in the corridor to wait for our next detail. We were then told to go to the boot cupboard and pick out a matching pair with laces and insoles intact, which turned out to be a pain in the *text deleted* as the majority are looking for 9’s or 10’s of which there aren't many. The next couple of hours was spent sat in the courtyard, polishing these boots waiting for everyone else to arrive. In the end our course was quite full consisting of 34 people. After this everyone headed to the classroom where the corporal who made the evenings lectures very enjoyable and boosted moral considerably, went through all the info and admin we needed.
I’m on the part of the application where you fill out all your details such as education etc. When I put in all my qualifications and click continue it simply doesn’t save and I have had to do it 3 times and it still hasn’t saved.
I’m *text deleted* ring them tomorrow
Is anyone else having these problems?
You can ask questions on this site as usual, just placing the @ in front of the @RMDO to alert us to your query.
You can Private Message us for information of a strictly personal nature, but please only use this if it is of a personal nature as we wish to inform the widest possible...
I'm just wondering what potentials here and even those who've been there and done that are feeling about what appears to be the butchery of the Royal Marines by the government cuts?
Personally the cutting of exercises disappointed me big time, then the changing of 42 from being a commando unit, then the cuts of 1000 men which Fallon refuses to deny and now I'm seeing the assault ships might be sold...
I just wonder what's the future of the Royal Marines because at the moment it seems bleak and it's put me off massively. I've wanted to be a Marine since I was a young child and maybe it's the wrong mentality but it seems it's no longer the career it was only a few years ago, or even a decade or more ago. I know people don't join for the pay, and I certainly wasn't but the perks that used to be associated with the Marines seem to have disappeared or will be disappearing soon enough and I just think to myself 'Is this what I actually want anymore?'. I'm sure I'm not the only one...
RMBS audition week:
I find all the PRMC diaries incredibly interesting and helpful to read. So I thought I'd write an audition week diary for the RMBS, from my experience. I know there aren't many potential bandies on here... but might be useful.
Day 1: Monday- you arrive by train and get picked up from the station on a minibus and taken to HMS Nelson. You get signed in and issued ID for the base, a feeder card so you can have free meals from the galley. Then over to the bedding stores and straight up to your accom. You either share a room with 3 other auditionees or with some of the current training band. (Boys and girls separated by floor.) You are escorted everywhere by bandies from training band. This evening you get an initial brief from staff about how the week will progress.
Day 2: Tuesday- Up early, escorted to the galley for breakfast. You get another brief from your training team who will take you through phase one (these are commandos) and they tell you what to...
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....
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...
Once again we're heading toward Summer Leave.
This is the one leave period with by far the highest attrition rate, ie: More people wrap after Summer Leave than at any other time in training.
One September we saw 70 nods wrap upon return from leave - that's 10% of the entire number of recruits in CTC.
When you consider each trained rank costs about £100,000 to achieve his green beret, allowing for wastage in training, advertising, recruitment processing, the cost of AFCOs (heating, lighting, staffing) and the cost of training teams, aircraft, weapons, uniform, ammunition etc, it soon adds-up.
The intention of this thread therefore is to invite those already in Recruit Training to network with fellow troop members, to exchange banter, tales of daring-do whilst on leave and also to act as a social support network to help stave-off the dreaded "Lympstone Blues".
For those unaware of the phenomena, it is quite common for those who have not long joined the Royal Marines to have a...
PRMC 17-016 (8th August 2017 – 11th August 2017)
Total Number (Booked On) 35
Course ‘Fit’ Number 35
BFT Fail (MED) 1
WAOR After RMFA 1
POINTS FAIL- 1
WAOC – Bottom Field 5
WAOR – Edurance Course 1
WAOR- Endurance (MED) 1
Total fails - 10
Total Pass – 25
Pass rate – 75.76%
The course achieved the following grades:
4 Candidates achieved a grade A pass.
13 Candidates achieved a grade B pass.
8 Candidates achieved a grade C pass.
1 candidate was on his 2nd attempt and passed.
The lowest VO2 score was 10.5 and the highest was 13.9
The next course loading is 44. This will be PRMC 17-018 (5th- 8th September 2017). CTCRM Will now be on Summer leave for the next 3 weeks.
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.
There is now a full recruit test app on this link: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/practice-naval-service-recruitment-test-marines/
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.
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