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Is it likely there will be a war soon? Are the RM likely to go on tour?

Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by future-commando, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. future-commando

    future-commando New Member

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    Hi all,

    I am currently on application for the royal marines, I'm currently at medical stage. I am really looking forward to the next 12 months or so as my application progresses. I joined because its a lifestyle ive been interested in since i was about 16 I'm 20 now. Other than the general duty's the RM carry out and smaller scale conflict ops; I'm interested to know how likely we are to have a full out war e.g. like Afghan/Iraq say within the next 5 years? It wouldn't put me off it would probably motivate me *text deleted*. As much as all the negatives that come with war isn't pleasant, i want to experience at least one tour in my career.

    Any idea as to the next 5 years and conflict/war we may face i would be interested to know about and how likely the RM are to be involved. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Be careful what you wish for.

    No one can predict what the future will hold. But there are plans to move the Corps in a direction more aligned to smaller operations and more specialised rather than doing the “Army” way that the Corps got used to in Iraq and Afghan.

    Afghan and Iraq both changed from conventional “warfare” to counter insuegency pretty quickly because they knew they couldn’t take “us” on directly, so reverted to more IED driven tactics and attacks.

    Both conflicts saw some of the most intense fighting seen in a long time. Don’t go wishing for that.
     
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  3. future-commando

    future-commando New Member

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    Thank you for the response, obviously i don't want there to be an all out war i was more curious as to how likely it is to happen within the next 5-10 years. All these talks about Iran, Russia etc, things seem to be getting pretty heated and i know this is mainly USA and correct me if I'm wrong but we seem to usually be involved when the USA are involved. Also how will brexit effect the armed forces? Is it likely to have a negative impact or a positive? Interesting to hear that the Corps could be moving to more specialised ops. Either way I'm joining as its a career i want and a lifestyle i want. I'm just curious as to how my career may pan out and if I'm likely to end up going to war? I plan to serve a minimum 12 years.
     
  4. Chelonian

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    My crystal ball suggests that one should expect the unexpected. :)

    In March 1982 many UK citizens thought that the Falkland Islands were located off the western coast of Scotland. One month later the fleet was sailing south.

    It's wise to have a plan but careers seldom follow a strict plan. More likely they evolve; often in a direction that was not even considered when the 'plan' was made. This isn't a bad thing but it is how life happens. Perhaps the art lies in being adaptable and nimble rather than adhering to the plan.

    The likelihood of going to war? Obviously the liability exists and it should be borne in mind that the Royal Marines have been involved in every major (and many minor) conflicts for the past seventy years.
     
  5. JWJ

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    In 2000, if you told soldiers next year they'd be about to set off on more than a decades worth of fighting in two countries that would see them having multiple tours each, they'd laugh you out the room.
     
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    Some say that since the end of WWII there has only been one year, 1969, that British forces have not been on active service in a conflict of some kind!o_O

    I would tend to delete 1969 as rather misleading!;):cool:
     
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  7. future-commando

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    Thanks that has helped a lot. Your absolutely right i should be thinking about adapting at the time of need and dealing with the cards that are dealt. I think more what i should have been asking is within a 12 year service period is it likely to have multiple contacts with an enemy? These include smaller conflicts and specialised operations. I haven't found much information on this subject hence why i'd like to know.
     
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    I think you have probably just answered my question. Thank you.
     
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  9. Polo

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    We attack next Tues, @16:30. RM's are invited. RSVP.
     
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