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To keep up to date with the current state of play with regard what is happening with your application, follow this link: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/covid19
Be aware, AFCOs are effectively closed to walk-in enquiries and staffing levels reduced, so it's probably best to wait for your AFCO to get in touch with you rather than ring to enquire unless you have a query that actually needs a quick response in relation to an imminent event.
Applications, at the time of posting, are still being accepted.
As has been already mentioned on the forum, there are changes to PRMC being introduced next month.
The changes will include the re-introduction of an overnight stay in field conditions and additional lectures to help prepare potential recruits prior to entering into training.
There are no additional criteria phys elements being introduced however this change will mean the course is one day longer than currently and the phys elements undertaken over three instead of two days.
In effect the travel day will now be on a Monday, with each of the existing phys elements brought forward. The RMFA (Gym Assessment) in the morning and the Swim Assessment in the afternoon on the Tuesday. Wednesday AM - 3 mile run, PM briefings. Thurs - Bottom Field/High Obs AM, Endurance Course & Field Exercise PM. Fri - Admin, certificates & disperse around 12:00.
The fuller detail will be included in your PRMC Joining Instructions from your AFCO.
Hi all, I would like to share the below link and ask that you support this lady who is fundraising for the official Royal Marines Charity. Her son Ethan was the recruit who recently tragically died on exercise whilst nearing completion of his training to become a Royal Marines Commando. The link is
The latest Corps Knowledge document for revision and general information is uploaded below.
This is a particularly useful document produced by the training staff at CTC and helps provide an invaluable insight into the level of background knowledge expected.
- From 1 Mar 20 all potential RM candidates will be required to achieve level 11 on the VO2 Max Test (MSFT) vs level 10.5 under current rules at PRMC. All other assessment criteria will remain the same.
- New recruits will be re-tested in week 1 of Recruit Training and will be expected to achieve level 11 on the VO2 Max Test (MSFT).
THE ROYAL MARINES REJOIN BOUNTY (RJB)
The RJB is available to a specific cohort of former RM Trained Other Ranks (OR2-3) who left the Corps 1-5 years ago but did not serve for more than 10 years.
The name of the RJB Scheme is Project FLORY.
The RJB is a single payment of £10,000 for 3 years Return of Service (RoS).
All re-joiners will serve up to 18-months as GD Marine, after which they can elect to specialise.
Applications to re-join a former specialisation will be considered by RM BM on a case-by-case basis and determined by the needs of the Service at the time.
The RJB will be available to those personnel who:
- Have previously served on a regular permanent pensionable engagement (including Extensions of Service) within the Royal Marines;
- Have held substantive rank OR2-3 whilst in RM;
- Left the RM (and have not undertaken any form of permanent pensionable engagement such as FTRS) between 1-5 years...
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Just so you are aware most AFCO,s will close on the 18th Dec at working days end and remain closed until the 2nd of Jan 2020, so chase any bits up now if you don't want any questions festering over the festive period.!! or think you may need an answer prior to it.
Good Morning all,
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a Potential Officer Course (01/12/19). Rather than bore you with an essay I hope to keep things concise and outline a few things that I had not accounted for in my preparations.
- Arrive before 7pm if you wish to have a meal in the officers mess and get to know the other candidates.
-Our accommodation was on the same corridor as the current YO's so valuable insight can be gained into YO training.
-When collecting the issued kit (especially clothing) give it a quick once over not so much to check the size but for damage as a large proportion is wreaked.
- The group performance on the BFT was extremely strong with almost all 17 candidates coming in between 8 and 9 minutes.
- When giving the group presentation try to do so without the assistance of notes. (same for lecturette)
- On Bottom field and the endurance course do not worry about getting wet and cold you'll be worked hard enough for it not to be an...
Some (hopefully) good news:
JSP 950 Leaflet 6-7-7 Musculo Skeletal Pre-Entry, Annex K (V1.6 Aug 19)
Para 54. Foot Deformities
Candidates with minor conditions that allow the usage of normal footwear (with orthotics if necessary) and are asymptomatic during activity comparable with military training for 3 months are FIT.
a) Candidates who use custom-made footwear are normally UNFIT
b) Those who require an orthotic but can use issued boots are normally FIT
With effect from 13/08/2019, Officer candidates are no longer required to take the Naval Service Recruit Test (NSRT).
The Recruit Test (RT) was designed purely for Rating and Royal Marine Other Rank (RMOR) candidate selection, providing a valid indicator of an individual’s branch-specific Phase 2 training. Although not specifically designed for officer selection use, nevertheless, following a short study (and later validation) by contracted occupational psychologists, in order to control the flow of likely-suitable candidates to AIB, parts of the RT were introduced as a pre-filter in 2007
The Combined Test Score (CTS) from the psychometric test battery employed at the AIB has proven to be a better indicator of a candidate’s ability to succeed in initial officer training, having already met the educational requirements for entry. Therefore, it has been decided that there is no requirement for those that present with the required academics for Officer Entry to conduct RT....
Hey guys, I know a few people have written about their application to get into the RM and their joining process as a whole, but I thought I might shed a bit of light on my experience in trying to get in as I start RT in the September 9th batch.
For me in started in September of 2018 last year once I had gotten my results. In hindsight I would have started the application a lot earlier than then, but I was still undecided as to whether I was going in as a YO or General Duties Marine. However, I decided to go down the YO route and my application went along surprisingly quickly until I reached the medical. I can imagine many of your reading this probably stumbled here as well, but I fell hard and flat on my face. I was initially failed because of a blood issue I had had when I was a baby and didn't even know I had; so a tip would be to print out your medical history and give it a good read over before you submit anything and to also nip things in the bud by getting signed letters...
Always a delicate subject, but few realise that not only can debts prevent security clearance if unresolved CCJs, skipped payments & default notices are issued and unaddressed...but they can also result in discharge from the Naval Service.
Lenders are particularly keen to loan money to Armed Forces personnel as they know you are on a pretty much guaranteed income.
Some Recruits and indeed trained ranks can easily borrow sums of money, far in excess of their ability to repay - particularly credit cards and Payday Loans.
If you skip payments, the interest soars to exorbitant levels, as do the penalty fees. It is not uncommon for individuals to end up in debts amounting to more than double the sum borrowed. When this happens, consolidation loans & credit cards keep tipping the balance against them and once the service becomes involved you can be pretty sure the debt will increase, even after discharge for financial irresponsibility.
Take charge of your money, pay heed to the free...
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The aim of this post is to just put minds at ease about the sort of thing you can expect on the PRMC. Passed last week along with 23 other lads out of the original 36 who started the course. It wasn't my first time either so if anyone is worrying about that sort of thing, it doesn't matter if you're trying again.
When you get to the training centre you wait for one of the training team to come and collect you from the station platform. You don't have to wait in silence or anything but just make sure you keep an eye out for whoever is collecting you so you can line up for them and stuff. They'll take you up to the accommodation and run you through what you have to do. Its just an evening of filling out a couple of forms and then collecting kit and cleaning accommodation. Easy stuff if everyone gets on with it. You have dinner about 1800 then another meal later at 2045. Get some sleep ASAP after food so you're prepared...
Good evening all,
Was on the PRMC last weekxand with another 32 lads out of the 41 who started, I managed to get a pass!
The course went pretty much how I expected, having got a great insight from all the diaries before so won't go into great detail.
Tuesday - Traveled the 6 hours to Lympstone, find your room, fill out paper work, get the required kit, basic drill, eat, admin, eat, shower, sleep!
Wednesday - the room was awake for 5, breakfast, lecture with Sergeant Major (what a bloke he is!) then over to the gym.
The order was Bleep test, press ups, sit ups, pullups, and then sprints and burpees for any scratching during the gym session!
Sit ups 85
Bit of lunch then out over the road for the 3 miler. Let myself down a bit on this one and was way off my PB and got 9:52. Maybe a mixture of the heat and from tiredness from gym tests in the mornings, but my energy was sapped!
By this point we'd lost maybe 3 lads, a couple because of...
Hi everyone, just come home from PRMC yesterday after packing it in during the determination test.
Day 1; I was the last to arrive out of everyone since my train got cancelled at Exeter and I had to wait for an hour to get it, corporal came down and took me to the accommodation and told me to bring my notebook so I can write down notes when he takes me to the brief. Sat down at prmc brief, corporal explains rules and shows us the Halliday award, explains the history of it etc.
We go back to the accommodation and get all our admin done, kit sorted and get ready for scran, then go to bed and up the next morning at 0530. Make sure that when you’re getting kit from the clothing storage that you leave it in a neat state and then clean it when you come back from scran. Each room has a different cleaning duty each night so make sure you adhere to it and have the place spotless, otherwise the corporal will trash everything and give you an extra 10 minutes on bottom field( we ended up...
The Royal Marines Charity is holding a Bootcamp Challenge on Saturday 22nd June at Nailsea, near Bristol. It's a series of physical tests, based loosely on the PRMC. Teams and/or individuals are invited to come along, but there is an entrance fee of £37.90 and each person will be expected to have a minimum of £25 in sponsorship.
I should add that it carries no weight whatsoever on any future PRMC, but will give those attending a chance to see how they measure up physically before applying.
It is being conducted by CTC staff, RMR Bristol and former RMs, along with RM Cadets, so plenty of chance to ask questions.
Stuck on the train after bottom field today and thought I’d write up whats it’s like to fail PRMC.
I’ll do my best to outline timings etc but it’s mostly a reflection and guidance on how to not maje the same mistakes I did.
I arrived at CTC around 4pm, one of te last people to arrive. We quickly had to grab what kit we could before scran at 1815 I think. The kit is *text deleted* and being the last guys to arrive the kit is even worse. Very ill fitting kit.
Everyone demolished the clothing store looking for the right kit; 2x pcs shirts, 3x pcs trousers and a brown/green tshirt... make sure this gets tidied or you will expect the worst 'extra phys' of your lives. Luckily we dedicated a few guys to to just this and my god that room was clean.
Off for a short briefing and instruction on drill and what the house rules are for PRMC, nothing too complicated.
Off for 9 o’clockers which was detailed to be at the mess hall for 8:45 which brings me onto my next point... BE 5-10 MINUTES EARLY...
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