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Joining RMR worth it?

Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by MrILoveRoyalMarines, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. MrILoveRoyalMarines

    MrILoveRoyalMarines New Member

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    Hey guys,

    So basically the situation is I'm currently in the process of joining the RMR ive just passed medical. However, the end goal is to join the regulars.

    The reason I am joining the RMR is because I want some more "life experience" before I join the regulars so I will be doing an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship (4 Years). So the plan is to do the apprenticeship while also joining the RMR.

    But I heard that it is difficult to transfer into the regulars if you are a fully trained reservist. So I was wondering if it is better to do the apprenticeship then join the regulars or join the RMR and do the apprenticeship at the same time and then after transfer into the regulars?
     
  2. Ninja_Stoker

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    It used to be a pain but it isn't at the moment, you can simply tranafer as a trained rank reservist into the regular service.

    Spin back the clock and RMR trained ranks used to have to undergo training again. Further back still, there was a surplus of regulars which barred entry. Before that, they only allowed transfers into specified SQ billets (Drivers, Chefs, Sigs but Chef is no longer an RM Specialisation).

    Whether that will still be the case in four years is anyone's guess but looking into my crystal ball, I'd be surprised if there wasn't at least 12 months contracts available to work as a full-time reservist in the regular Corps.
     
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  3. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Mate, honest opinion? Why bother with RMR to go regular? If you wanted to go regular, why start an apprenticeship?

    You don’t need life experience, that’s what recruit training is for.
    Fair play if you want to it to be proactive, that’s a different story but don’t fall for the recruiting line “best of both worlds, and life experience”. Plus I don’t see why the RMR keep going for blokes that are going to get poached by regulars anyway, unless they are hoping they stay RMR and to play the recruitment numbers game.

    The RMR isn’t a stepping stone or a back door or easier way of getting in. If anything it’s more hassle, admin and trouble doing RMR. If you want to go Regulars then go Regulars, there is an argument to mug the apprenticeship off and just go for it.

    However It’s not hard to crossdeck to regulars anymore bechase quite simply the Corps is hanging out for blokes.


    If you want to be proactive then consider other options. Don’t pigeon hole yourself to RMR. The quality of care if you are injured is far higher in regular recruit training aswell....
     
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  4. Corona

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    Do recruits undergoing training with the RMR get huntered when injured and have access to all the medical wonderland that the regular recruits do? I'm guessing not from the phrase?
     
  5. Ninja_Stoker

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    No, Hunter isn't an option for RMR ordinarily although I could think of instances where it would be a good thing... If you weren't averse to living at CTC for prolonged rehabilitation.
     
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  6. MrILoveRoyalMarines

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    The reason I'm not joining the regulars straight away is because I *text deleted* do the apprenticeship just so I have something to fall back on you know.

    So what do you suggest I do if I *text deleted* do the apprenticeship should I join the RMR?

    What other options could I consider if I want to be proactive?
     
  7. Corona

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    Thanks.
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

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    Hmmn, sounds like parental careers advice :)

    As a former careers adviser, I'd suggest a person leaving education should aim high & have a fall-back option or two available.

    As a former apprentice toolmaker in the motor industry, I quit after 3 years, bored stupid, to join the Royal Navy.

    Regrets? None... Other than the fact I wasted 3 years.

    I subsequently went on to reach higher academic achievement, better pay/pension, world travel, etc., than had I stayed at home & completed my apprenticeship.

    At the time, my Dad went bonkers...until I passed out.
     
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  9. Squatmonkey

    Squatmonkey Royal Marines Commando

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    If you want to go regs in the future, just go regs now in my opinion. Especially if circumstances allow ie family/career, which I’m guessing is the case with yourself. And then use the education centre to get some qualifications after you pass out.

    Just have a little read into the specialisations/ping game so you know what could lie ahead

    There are benefits to being a reservist depending on well, a lot of things, but not if you are intending to crossdeck to regs straight away
     
  10. MrILoveRoyalMarines

    MrILoveRoyalMarines New Member

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    Just a little update:

    Ive had a hard and long thought about what I want to do and I have decided that I am going to just join the Regulars instead of the Reserves, thanks for the tips guys.
     
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