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Former Sniper in RMR?

Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by Sniper11!, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. Sniper11!

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    I was wondering if I were to be successful in gaining my green lid whether my previous experience as a sniper in the RAF Reg would hold any weight when trying to specialise in RMR.

    I realise I'm thinking a way ahead as I'm just starting on the path to join RMR, however all my questions re Selection and training seem to be on other threads but I can't find an answer to this question.

    Surely in terms of training cost it makes sense to use people with the qual and ops experience, even if they need a little retraining (I got out in 2014) to deal with skill fade and newer kit and sops? I loved the job and don't think it's cocky to say I was good at it, and would relish the chance to pick up where I left off in that respect.

    Cheers in advance for any gen.
     
  2. Johnny_Anonie

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    When did you badge as a sniper with the Rockapes?

    What weapon system were you trained on- L96 or L115A3?

    As I am sure you appreciate, you may be out of date.

    To operate as a Unit level sniper you need to be trained on the latest weapon system. I suspect you will need to attend the PW(S) course.
    From research this is conducted to a reg standard over three months. Places may be available provided your unit has sufficient training days to cover the cost of a 3 month cadre.

    @Ninja_Stoker can hopefully answer.

    Best of luck.
     
  3. Sniper11!

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    Thank you @Johnny_Anonie

    I was badged in December 2011 on the L115a3.

    From what I'm led to beleive not too much has changed on the kit front, having spoken to friends in various units still in. Knowing the mob I wouldn't be surprised if I had to start from scratch despite it being a cheap and simple option to bring me up to speed on anything that's changed in the last 5 years, but I wondered if anyone had heard or seen any different.

    Thanks for the reply
     
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  4. Johnny_Anonie

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    A close friend of mine is down at SWS, and that incorporates the Sniper Wing. I appreciate this is pongo but he may know the score. He holds gen and keeps busy by making bookings for centralised courses for commanders. I’ll run it by him and report back via PM.

    Did you attend the 10 week SOC cadre or the 5 week basic sniper at Honington?

    Either way mate I have a sneaky feeling this is a conversation you’ll have at unit level on passing. Also, the specialisation would need to coincide with those conducted by your local unit. Realistically in RMR you will be GD.

    I’ll go see what I can find out for you but I’m sure some of the guys on here may know.
     
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  5. Chelonian

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    Just to echo the comment above by @Johnny_Anonie I vaguely recall that a few years back each RMR unit (London, Bristol, etc.) had a designated SQ which might determine the likelihood of how a particular skill set might be exploited.

    My memory of this might not be accurate or policy might have changed. @ThreadpigeonsAlpha or one of the serving RMR lads on here might give an overview if they spot this.
     
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  6. Chelonian

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    Pinched from FB. Black Watch, Arras, 1917. :)

    9_Black_Watch_Arras_1917.jpg
     
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  7. Johnny_Anonie

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    I guess the bottom line is it’s a case of seeing if you can pass the course first, then if you make it to a unit talk to the PSI at your local unit - The PSI will be best qualified to advise the practicalities and rules regarding carrying quals over.
     
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    Great pic. I bet although the kit has changed some sops remain the same. Ally callsigns.

    I did the 9 week basic sniper course at Honington in 2011, not sure if it's changed to 5 weeks now? After a 3 week Cadre on squadron. Did not do the commanders course.

    Thanks for taking the time out to reply. I half expected there not to be a set rule and will have to suck it and see. All attention towards passing the course first. Regardless of passing quals over I have the experience of that role which can only be a good thing, I'm yet to meet a sniper that's a sh1t soldier

    Thanks again, will keep you posted on my progress
     
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  9. Johnny_Anonie

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    Goes without saying above average ability in field-craft skills can only help you no matter what happens in RMR.
     
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  11. Illustrious

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    I've got less than zero interest in becoming a breathing bush so can't help unfortunately and I'm now away on leave so can't ask those in the know.
     
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  12. Johnny_Anonie

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    Wise man. Not my bag either.

    Here! More to the point when are you going to come T’up north for a brew and a look around my work. Trust me bro, I’ll find some busy work for you :cool:
     
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    PM inbound.
     
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