Joining as a Reserve Royal Marine Officer

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I am currently in my first year of uni and I plan on commissioning as a reserve RM Officer but I am unsure on the process (e.g. how is training scheduled at weekends or weekdays and how regularly).

I would also like to know if it is possible to complete training whilst still at uni or if I would have to wait till I have finished before applying.

Also on a side note I am a member of the UOTC (Don't hate on me) and was wondering if this will help my application at all.
 

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Also on a side note I am a member of the UOTC (Don't hate on me) and was wondering if this will help my application at all.


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Nah, it's a pretty long winded way of doing it. Why not reserves OR then regular Orifice? Sorry, Officer, typo!

Being UOTC certainly couldn't hurt but it might mean an extra set of eyes on you, as some of the UOTC lot don't set a good example and bring about unwanted attention.

What's your plans after Uni? Regulars?
 

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RMR Officers join as Other Ranks (OR).

After completing phase one RMR OR training, they may be recommended to undergo RMR Officer selection, usually an OC board followed by AIB.

RMR Officers, once trained, are employed operationally in the support rather than Troop Commander role.

The aim of the RMR is to flexibly augment the trained strength of the regular Royal Marines, it isn't intended as a 'nice to have' whilst at uni.

The OTC, URNU & UAS are specifically geared toward students and whilst they may not be viewed by some as 'warry' enough, they aim to enhance the military experience alongside primary reason for going to university rather than potentially jeopardise the acquisition of one's degree.

In my experience, despite all the above, many undergrads want to earn a green beret despite the remote possibility of any practical application of the training or being employed in the Commando role in an operational theatre. Those most likely to achieve their goal tend to do it in year one of their studies, that is to say that the later they join the RMR whilst in uni, the greater the odds of failure both with regards the green beret and achieving a credible degree grade.
 

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I am currently in my first year of uni and I plan on commissioning as a reserve RM Officer but I am unsure on the process (e.g. how is training scheduled at weekends or weekdays and how regularly).

I would also like to know if it is possible to complete training whilst still at uni or if I would have to wait till I have finished before applying.

Also on a side note I am a member of the UOTC (Don't hate on me) and was wondering if this will help my application at all.

Hi mate, just to reiterate what Ninja said, we had some info on this the other weekend and asked a recently commissioned RMR officer a few questions. Basically you need to get your green lid first - looking at about 18 months assuming you don't get injured. You then need to be recommended by your unit training staff and then pass AIB - which is way harder than it sounds in all the info ( I failed this a couple of years back). Then it's quite a long process to do the officer training (up to 2 years), although this depends a lot on your holiday allowance and free time. You can do a 12 week intensive RFCC at Sandhurst which gets you most of the way in one go, which might be an option.

A load of us said we were thinking about it and they took some names down, but to be honest the challenge of getting the green lid in the first place is enormous so it's not something we'll be giving any thought to until a lot further down the line. RT is pretty mentally challenging and you can be put in charge of a section once we get into phase 1B of training, which gives you some leadership opportunities if that's what you want.
 
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