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Hello Gentlemen, My son has decided that he wants to join the Royal Marines, He has just turned Sixteen and my question is what would he be doing the first two years of service until he is Eighteen. I have been advised he will immediately do his 32 week course then should that be successful he would be placed in a troop until he is eighteen then he will go on operations. I am interested to know what happens in between? Many thanks!
 

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hi mate, dont worry, your son will only serve on tour once he has turned 18, on completion of his 32 weeks training- he will more than likely go onto specialisation training! until he is eligable to go away on tour!
 
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He'll have the opportunity to specialise in that time. Which in fact puts him at an advantage over his older peers. When he's deployed you could say he will have had more training then his oppos that have just past the 32 weeks and joined the troop.

It's great to see a father taking an interest in his sons ambition to join the forces.
 

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yeh we don't get too many dads on here! Good luck to him. I have massive respect for 16 year olds passing out of training because i was no where near as mature as i am today and i don't think i would have done it at that age.
 

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He'll have the opportunity to specialise in that time. Which in fact puts him at an advantage over his older peers. When he's deployed you could say he will have had more training then his oppos that have just past the 32 weeks and joined the troop.

It's great to see a father taking an interest in his sons ambition to join the forces.

*text deleted* my dad all my life couldnt have given 2 shi'ts about me now that i applied for the RM he tells me he loves me n stuff! like wtf? *text deleted*
 
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My old man hates the idea. Keeps telling me it's such a waste and that I'm throwing it all away. Of course...he is Greek so he's really peeved that I'm not continuing with the Greek froces.

It's soooo nice to have the support of your dad, sigh..
 

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my dad only supports me in my application because my whole family was in the armed forces! my dad, uncle in the army, my grandad in the RAF my brother went for RAF but failed then went for army and failed because he used to have fits when he was younger and my step brother is a sergeant in the army! so im the last in the family to go- and i failed my eye test- hope to god i pass my next eye test- so now im last in, my dad is over supportive!
 

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My old man hates the idea. Keeps telling me it's such a waste and that I'm throwing it all away. Of course...he is Greek so he's really peeved that I'm not continuing with the Greek froces.

It's soooo nice to have the support of your dad, sigh..

i'm sure he'll be the proudest man in greece when you slap on that green lid mate!
 

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My old man hates the idea. Keeps telling me it's such a waste and that I'm throwing it all away. Of course...he is Greek so he's really peeved that I'm not continuing with the Greek froces.

It's soooo nice to have the support of your dad, sigh..

My son has turned down a couple of pro football contracts, we had a heart to heart talk and he has told me this is what he wants. I admire him and i have always been behind him. He went and spent a weekend with the Para's which he loved as both my uncles were Para's but he believes the Royal Marines is for him.
 
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My son has turned down a couple of pro football contracts, we had a heart to heart talk and he has told me this is what he wants. I admire him and i have always been behind him. He went and spent a weekend with the Para's which he loved as both my uncles were Para's but he believes the Royal Marines is for him.


Well respect to him!

Thanks dj1uk3, hehe the Green Beret humbles all!
 

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Hello Gentlemen, My son has decided that he wants to join the Royal Marines, He has just turned Sixteen and my question is what would he be doing the first two years of service until he is Eighteen. I have been advised he will immediately do his 32 week course then should that be successful he would be placed in a troop until he is eighteen then he will go on operations. I am interested to know what happens in between? Many thanks!

A very warm welcome to the site.

As stated, he cannot actually physically join until his school year (Year 11) completes their last GCSE in June of that year, so if he's actually in year 11 now, he'll be at least 16 & 9 months when he joins at the end of June/begining of July 09. After 8 months minimum training, he'll be nearly 17.5, assuming he is not back trooped for training injuries or test re-takes.

During the remaining 6 months he may well undergo a driving course & could be sent to Commando Logistics, Royal Marine Visibility Teams, the Commando Display Team, an un-deployed Commando unit or as suggested, undertake further specialist training from any one of 27 transferable trades if there are training places available.
 

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A very warm welcome to the site.

As stated, he cannot actually physically join until his school year (Year 11) completes their last GCSE in June of that year, so if he's actually in year 11 now, he'll be at least 16 & 9 months when he joins at the end of June/begining of July 09. After 8 months minimum training, he'll be nearly 17.5, assuming he is not back trooped for training injuries or test re-takes.

During the remaining 6 months he may well undergo a driving course & could be sent to Commando Logistics, Royal Marine Visibility Teams, the Commando Display Team, an un-deployed Commando unit or as suggested, undertake further specialist training from any one of 27 transferable trades if there are training places available.

Many thanks, he has left school, he turned sixteen the end of July! your information as gave me exactly what i was after, thank you!
 
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