I want to know if I have the right stuff; if you get what I mean?

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  1. JordanL94

    JordanL94 New Member

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    My name is Jordan. I am 17 years of age. I am a POC.

    I want to recruit as an Officer in the Royal Marines. I am currently studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services where I gather a great deal of knowledge based on Military and Homeland services, (Police, Fire Brigade etc.) how they perform, what is expected of them, and much more. I am going for the highest grade possible and I will finish the course around when I turn the age of 19, hoping to recruit in as soon as possible at that point.

    I have a great interest in outdoor activities and I love the sense of adventure. I maintain a good quality of fitness and I want to prove myself to be a good leader, while demonstrating my reliability, honesty, integrity and decision making.

    All I can think about at the moment is that one day, I'll be an officer of a group of fine Marines proving what we are capable of as a unit. I also hope to apply for the Special Boat Service at one point during my tour of duty, if I am up for the task.

    The ONLY thing that I fear in all of this, is that I only have ONE chance in my life to show I am worthy of this.

    I have 2 years to prepare myself from now.
    This IS my future career and I am dedicated.
     
  2. hugo92

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    Your a potential officers course?
     
  3. Mr Bloppy

    Mr Bloppy New Member

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    Mate I was in the same kind of situation as you, and realised that the only leadership experience I had was coaching rugby and d of e (my group just wanted to sit down and get picked up, next time I'll make sure to pick my own group!!). So i started helping at a local cubs (I'm only 15 so can't to scouts), which allowed me to attend regular "Young Leader" classes. I also i also realised I had no experience with public speaking so during the school open days i offered do give speeches about school life.

    The point I'm trying to get across across is if you have the natural ability to be an officer, you can give yourself practice and experience. But if you don't have that natural "spark" you'll never make it.
     
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Besides gaining leadership experience, it's well worth checking the academic level of entry with your AFCO, rather than relying on anybody else's say-so.

    Those embarking on a BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma, with the minimum of 5 GCSE's (grades A*-C including maths & English) in the belief the BTEC is "equivalent to X A-Levels" (often claimed by schools & colleges) are strongly advised to contact their local AFCO from the outset to verify the academic course content is adequate, via the Admiralty Interview Board.

    Experience shows that despite the UCAS scores claimed by certain colleges, the course academic content can sometimes be found inadequate or the level of pass gained, insufficient to meet the eligibility criteria for Officer entry.

    Far rather this is firmly established at the beginning of a two year course than after completing the course, or worse after completing a degree. On average, about 85% of successful Officer applicants are graduates. For the remaining 15%, the vast majority have in excess of 240 UCAS points gained from A Levels, despite the threshold level for eligibility.

    Best of luck.
     
  5. Sotiris

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    Nice bandanna.
     
  6. Master_Sayer

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    I thought it was a wooly hat???
     
  7. Sotiris

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    Could be highlights.
     
  8. Master_Sayer

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    Or his commando under pants.
     
  9. JordanL94

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    Well, I don't have a vast amount of experience to share, but that's what I've got 2 years to build on.

    While I was in the Cub Scouts I was a Sixer of a group of 5.
    I gave little introductions to start the day of what we'll be doing and lead the oath instructed by my Akela.

    At the moment in my job I have been spotted as having excellent customer service. They are appointing me customer service specialist where I will have to demonstrate and teach to the other staff (50+ Staff) how to rack in sales and deal with a customers queries, complaints , etc. Also with that title I have to make sure that people around the shop are making an effort and help in areas of improvement and I am one of the youngest in the store.

    With my college course they teach leadership within the Public Services in various units. The other day I was given a task in a Unit called 'War and its impact on emergency services' where the class was separated into 4 groups, 3 terrorist groups and mine was the Counter Terrorist one. (I was put in charge of the operation.) We were against the IRA, PCA and the Hezbollah to protect the college against a terrorist attack, while the college carried on with it's every day routine. I was given the debrief by my teacher who is Ex-SBS about how each organisation performs. I managed to counteract every attack the other groups had in mind with the proper methods practiced by Special Task Forces. He was very impressed with how I dealt with each situation and made sure the students & teachers were kept unalarmed and felt a sense of security & safety. He gave me a short round of applause.

    I know this all isn't really enough leadership experience, but as I said before, have 2 years to build on that.
     
  10. JordanL94

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    Thank you Ninja, I will definitely look into this further and give a ring to my local AFCO.
     
  11. Old Man

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    I despair. I cannot find a palm big enough.

    And yet....there's something there, the essence of which, I'm unable to grasp. I'm wondering if I've strayed into X-Factor.

    Time will tell. I wish you well.
     
  12. JordanL94

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    Adding to the leadership skills; My friend who is currently at RM Cadets said I should go in as staff there, it's every Tuesday and Thursday evening and I am going into apply soon.
     
  13. JordanL94

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    Thank you for your vote of confidence.
     
  14. jm745

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    You're training to attempt possibly the hardest thing you can do in the military straight from being a civilian, physically and mentally, be prepared for digs, take them on the chin and prove your doubters wrong.
     
  15. Sotiris

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    Why are you so angry in your photograph?
     
  16. C

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    The photo reminds me of the scottish lad on Sandhurst who kept wearing that headband. Anyone else?
     
  17. v3locity

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    Only time will tell.

    You have two years to get some leadership experience and then the AIB will tell you if they think you "have the right stuff".

    Biggest thing is you need to be confident within yourself and your abilities.

    Good luck and enjoy it.
     
  18. MBBMX

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    Your question was sound, and it echoes the thoughts of a lot of potential applicants who respect the nature of what it is they're getting itno and what it will require of them.

    My only inquiry were I you would be whether the BTEC is considered an overlapping course even though it's worth two A levels. I did the same course myself when at college, but that was alongside my other two subjects, so it wouldn't have mattered to me either way.

    Just before you get geared up to train and prepare, I highly recommend (as Ninja said), finding the number of your local AFCO, ringing up and asking about the educational qualifications regarding overlapping grades. Don't mean to burst your bubble, it's just there wouldn't be much point in getting psyched up for selection, only to find that your qualifications fell short of what is required.

    Provided all goes well, I wish you luck with your application.
     

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