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I know this sounds well bad, but I'm finding it quite hard to choose between the Royal Marines, and you've guessed it the Paras. I don't know why but over the last couple of months the Paras have started playing on my mind and now I cant decide. This isn't one of them retarded threads where people go "which is better marines or paras", I just need some advice on the pluses and minuses of each, not interested in which is supposedly better. Any advice would be great.

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hey greenlid i was in the same bout as u *text deleted*, but after reseraching and watching videos etc i decided the royal marines was for me. First off look at yourself in the mirror and do u see a marine or a para, marines are usually bigger than paras.
 

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Alright pricey, quite a big problem for me is that I'm tall and quite skinny. I went on that 3 day Para insight course and after speaking to them my weight and fitness wasn't a problem. On the other hand its been quite a big problem with the marines. Have been trying to put on weight but find it really hard, and they've recommended me to try and put on about a stone at least. I'm not looking at joining for a year and a half but its playing on my mind, badly. Theres thing I like about the marines and things I like about the Paras. Ah *text deleted**text deleted* I don't know mate.
 
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'show me 1 para witha dagger and il show you 100 marines with wings'
'god is airbourne because he failed the marine course'
'only 2 things fall from the sky paras and bird cack'

what actually changed my mind was the fact that when your out on duty in iraq or afghan who would u rather be with a bunch of paras or a bunch of marines. i know who id rather be with, marines are the boys to be with. Bearing in mind half of the peeps who fail AACC pass the p-coy course so the big question is
ARE YOU 1ST OR 2ND BEST ??

Nothing against paras as they are just as respected as the marines but marines have a edge, a commando egde
 

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for near enough the same reasons as said above i would say go for the marines because its that little bit harder to get in and its worth it even more when you pass out.

nothing against the para's or the army but from the best of my knowledge the army offer 15 weeks of basic training then you have to apply for the para's and do, i think its 8 weeks or maybe 12 im not sure but its something around that. whereas the marines you wont get anything unless you pass the full 32 weeks or 30 weeks as thats the end of the commando tests, which in my eyes would be a better acheivment than earning a para's red beret and wings after a max of about 27 weeks training with a nice long break from basic.

plus as i heard from a high rank officer in the marines reserves and he said he was in america once and was just walking down the street, for one reasons or another, and people would literally get out their cars souly to shake his hand and say well done. (obviously he was wearing the green beret)

but what as put me off the army completely is the amount of armypersonel that you hear about being killed in iraq and the amount of marines that are being killed.
 
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ZZ so *text deleted* not joining the armed forces because of what u hear on the news ???

remember never belive what u read in the newspapers. ok u cant lie about the deaths of certain personell but the media and press does hardly ever congratulate or show any good the armed forces do, only the bad things, because it will be a better story to tell how a marine KILLED a civilian than a marine SAVING a civilain.

Also i see it as u can get killed walking your doggy if its your time its your time.
 

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Agreed Pricey.
If its *text deleted* happen its *text deleted* happen. Que sera n all that jazz
 
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Also greenlid dont forget u can get your wings in the marines if thats souly what u want to achive in your armed forces career !!
 

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i was under the impression you had to be a member of the special boat service to achieve your wings, correct if im wrong
 

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well do your prefer swimming and sailing (marines) or flying and parachuting (paras)?

You have probably got more chance of doing a para-jump in the marines than doing a beach landing with the paras. So, i think, marines get best of both worlds. PLUS with marines there's a better tradition.

thats why im choosin marines.
 

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ZZ so *text deleted* not joining the armed forces because of what u hear on the news ???

haha no i've wanted to be a marine befor i ever heard about them on the news, i grew up wanting to join the forces and the marines have just appealed to me more, but all im saying is i would rather go through 32 weeks of training and have a higher chance of staying alive in a battle field rather than just doing 15 weeks of training.
im not saying though that being a marine will make me invinsible dont get me wrong i know marines are as human as the rest of us, i would just much rather go through 32 weeks of basic military training and know im very very well prepared for anything and everything rather than 15 weeks of basic training and not be as prepared
 

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i was under the impression you had to be a member of the special boat service to achieve your wings, correct if im wrong

Reconnance Operators and Mountain Leaders can also achieve wings.
 

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I think we hear of more deaths in regular army regiments because of the amount of them out there. If you got a bag with a hundred red balls in it and only 10 blue ones, you stand a bigger chance of pulling out a red ball. I've just guessed at the above about them being more in number out there, correct me if im wrong
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about which one to join, they both are elite forces and command respect as do all the UK forces. Of course this site is always biased towards the Royal Marines.

Have a look at what the Para's have to offer with an open mind and then decide for yourself which is best for you.

What ever you choose has to be your own choice

GW
 

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i dont know i was under the impression there was a fairly even amount out there at all times, obviously a little more army than marines. but i guess your right, im not to sure on the numbers of each force that is out there at the moment. im guessing a lot of the time out there whether or not someone is killed is down to luck or badluck to stop those sensitive and eggy people getting all wound up and saying "whats so lucky about being shot dieing"
 

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i might suggest going onto a public forum site like this and but one that is about paras and asking them to same question. whatever one you feel most attracted towards go for that. just dont have your name as greenlid on the the forum *text deleted*
 

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sorry for the continuous posts but correct me if wrong, i was under the impression that all marines undergo parachute training but are giving the option or can apply to carry on and earn their wings?
 

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sorry for the continuous posts but correct me if wrong, i was under the impression that all marines undergo parachute training but are giving the option or can apply to carry on and earn their wings?

not heard or read anything that suggest's this but i still dont know...think it depends what you specialise in, know for sure that mountain leader and swimmer canoeist defintaley do.
 

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you can wear your wings once completing the jumps course, don`t need to do P company as you`ve already done the commando course. upside down wings denotes SAS

hope this helps

sooty
 
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