Feedback request - Cost of extra kit during training

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Ninja_Stoker, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando

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    Agreed!

    I had the hexamine all through RT. Not allowed to buy any civvy cooker until I got to a Unit. Hated every part of the cleaning process, because the slightest trace of carbon meant being flanked. Used to pack a couple of Brillo pads and one of my Mum's tea towels in order to keep on top of it. Mum wasn't impressed when she found out that her store of tea towels was being depleted!

    She did forgive me though, because that's what Mothers do!

    Alan
     
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  2. Cues2

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    Our lad is finally out of training and has now invested in his own stove, (260 were not allowed anything extra during training, but, that's another story) however, reading reviews on hiking websites etc. the MSR pocket rocket came out better than the jetboil every time. So, he bought the MSR. Time will tell whether it puts up with the rigours of RM life.
     
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  3. MozzaLUFC

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    All I’m saying is, I spunked £450 in my first 5 weeks of training, obviously not all on extra kit but you are *text deleted* need a lot more than £200 to take down with you
     
  4. tripp

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    What else did you buy if it wasn’t just extra kit?
     
  5. Ninja_Stoker

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    Big Eats & socialising usually come somewhere on the list.
     
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  6. dodgyknees

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    I know this is going to be unpopular but a balanced view is always worthwhile considering.

    I am not aware of any job that pays you in advance and as such you will always be required to continue to live on your own means for a period prior to getting paid. Additionally most jobs will require you to buy some kit, be that smart clothes, safety equipment etc.

    Where I think CTC could do better is providing a realistic kit list of equipment required in the first 4 or 5 weeks. It would be much cheaper to buy stuff like tent pegs and ziplock bags on the internet prior to arrival rather than buying them on precious weekend time off.

    I am not saying the system is perfect, all I am saying is that in every job there will be some expenditure in the period before your first paycheck. Much of what you are asked to buy is not essential kit but comes from an individual training team's experience of what they believe to be the requirement or stuff that is an improvement on the kit issued.

    As I say, just some food for thought on a wet weekend.
     
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  7. Jaykay2343

    Jaykay2343 Royal Marines Commando

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    Nandos is a good £20 followed by another £30 quid slurping a few beautiful wets. £10 taxi then another £10 at duchies. All adds up.
     
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  8. Jaykay2343

    Jaykay2343 Royal Marines Commando

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    I completely understand that. However dry bags, tent pegs, are essential equipment but not payed for by MOD. I know it doesn't cost that much but going out and getting them before every exercise takes a big chunk of your paycheck eventually.
     
  9. Ninja_Stoker

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    Agree. A rationalised kitlist or even a bespoke kitlist issued by the training team prior to arrival to commence RT would certainly help save a few unpleasant surprises.

    If we are lecturing people about the need to be financially responsible, it gets rather hypocritical if the Recruits are unexpectedly £400 overdrawn prior to receiving their first pay to bank.
     
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  10. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    Agreed. The suggestion that each Training Team must create its own bespoke kit list isn't very credible and is fundamentally inconsistent. The kit is all basic stuff.

    If a standard kit list was issued there would be an opportunity for enterprising individuals to eBay bundles of such kit at a massively discounted price compared to that charged by The Kit Shop.
     
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  11. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando

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    If the Corps Colonel, who is based at CTC, is looking into this matter then I would sincerely hope that standardisation of additional kit lists would be the very minimum of what is achieved. One two hour meeting would be sufficient to get this sorted.

    I can forsee a few pissed off TT members, but if it solves this problem, then so be it!

    Alan
     
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  12. Jaykay2343

    Jaykay2343 Royal Marines Commando

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    Somebody could make a fortune by sticking a truck in the car park over the road from lympstone filled with goodies needed for ex. No need for a train ticket or getting ripped off by kit shop.
     
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  13. Ninja_Stoker

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    I genuinely believe the kit shop was set up with the best of intentions. Trouble is, their objectives may well have evolved.
     
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  14. westy

    westy Well-Known Member

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    New business venture right there ;)
     
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  15. Wings

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    Ive got the name aswell

    Cabbage Supplies

    :)
     
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  16. westy

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    Feeling brave with all these booties around :D
     
  17. Rover

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    Perhaps another 'name change' could be on the cards?o_O;)
     
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  18. Wings

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    I saw the opportunity i had to dive straight in
     
  19. Rover

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    Remember those words.;)
     
  20. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    Course he is, in the same way a toddler will hit a cat without thinking about it, they don't know any better:D
     
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