Hello from across the pond!

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Hey how are ya,

My name is Justin and I'm from the U.S. It's great that I found this forum to be able to chat with some of our friends across the pond. I'm a U.S. citizen with really no ties to the U.K. The closest thing is having my great grand parents from Ireland. I've always been interested in the Royal Marines and view them as one of the best fighting groups in the world. I may have it in my future to attempt to join. I know I have to do a lot of stuff in order to make this happen, we'll see!

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Hello Justin,
welcome to the forum,
how come you want to join the RM's and not a branch of the US forces?

Joe
 

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I'm a U.S. citizen with really no ties to the U.K. The closest thing is having my great grand parents from Ireland. [...] I may have it in my future to attempt to join. I know I have to do a lot of stuff in order to make this happen, we'll see!



"British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens may join the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. However, certain career paths are only available to British citizens. See the link below for details.
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/nationality-requirements-for-career-options

Note:

A waiver of the above requirements may be granted by the Secretary of State for Defence for candidates who are British citizens at the time of application regardless of place of birth or former nationality In exceptional circumstances a waiver of these requirements may be granted by the Secretary of State for Defence to persons who are Commonwealth citizens or citizens of the Irish Republic at the time of their application regardless of place of birth or former nationality. Any person who seeks such a dispensation will have their case considered on its individual merits Only candidates holding British Nationality are eligible for the Submarine Service. No nationality waivers will be considered These waivers will only be considered for thoses applying to enter service as a Royal Marine Commando or Royal Navy Surface FleetIn addition, whether or not you are of UK origin, you should normally have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years immediately prior to making an application. In certain circumstances, particularly when an applicant is of UK origin, or the country of residence is one where security checks can be carried out, a shorter period of residence may be accepted."

As quoted from:
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/how-to-join/eligibility/

British Citizenship:
If one of your parents is a British citizen otherwise than by descent (born in the UK), you are automatically granted British citizenship by descent. However, there are some stipulations that apply to both you and your parentage, so you should take a good look at this site in order to confirm whether or not you qualify:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/aboutcitizenship/
As from:
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/prmc/showthread.php?t=11649

Considering your Irish heritage, this link may be useful:
http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=267
 

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hello

Hello Justin,
welcome to the forum,
how come you want to join the RM's and not a branch of the US forces?

Joe

Thank you for the welcome Joe and to weaver for the wealth of info. I've considered joining the U.S. Armed forces and know that we have dedicated, professional, brave and well trained people. However I also see Britain as the greatest and closest friend the United States has had and probably will have and I know there are good people over where you are and I wouldn't have a problem fighting or even dying next to them. I also don't think you guys get the credit you deserve (from us mainly) for military involvement in like WWII or even now today. Only educated worldly people are aware of your contributions and they are few. So that eeks me a bit.

Also in my own opinion, Royal Marines, (as a whole) seem to be better trained and possibly to some degree less boastful than their American counterparts, if you know what I mean?

There is more to it though, such as interest in the British culture and such.
 

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Welcome to the site Gizzo- again some excellent information posted by Weaver- nice one.
 
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