Just a proprietry brand that contains beeswax. (ie: not "own brand" cheapo stuff).
There's always been ongoing debate about whether Parade Gloss is acceptable & the bottom line is that it's dictated on the whim of your instructor. Personally I've never had a problem with it, however others say the finish is too soft and marks easily.
As promised, here's the latest kit list/ guidance for new joiners;
Proof of your National Insurance Number as issued by the Department of Social Security
Your National Health Service Medical Card
Duplicate Form S3049
Marriage Certificate/Deed Poll (if applicable)
Any education certificates you may have, e.g. GCSEs all grades, Key or Core Skills, A levels etc (or equivalents, Scottish Higher etc). If certificates have not yet been received, you should bring your statement of results.
Any vaccination certificates you may possess
Income Tax Form P45 (if previously employed) or P60 if applicable
If you have a bank account, please bring details and your cheque book with you
Copy of Immunisation Certificate. Recruits must obtain a copy of their immunisation history (obtainable from their General Practitioner or community Health Department of the Local District Health Authority) for production at the initial medical examination. Recruits not in possession of such a certificate will be assumed to require a FULL course of immunisations on joining
Should it not be possible to bring the above documents with you, arrangements should be made to have them forwarded to CTCRM Lympstone.
PERSONAL ITEMS REQUIRED FOR ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO TRAINING
1. General. All new recruits arriving at CTCRM are issued with the uniforms and equipment necessary for Royal Marines Commando Training, however, they need to purchase a number of personal items. Although the vast majority of these items can be purchased on camp, it is necessary to give some guidance to the recruit before Recruits arrive.
2. Civilian Dress. Recruits will spend the majority of their time in uniform, however, smart civilian dress will be required for the first few days, evenings, weekends and leave periods. When proceeding on leave or in the dining area or in the all ranks bar, ranks are NOT allowed to wear: patched or frayed jeans, track suits, shorts or offensive shirts.
3. Maintaining Kit. All uniforms are provided, however it is the responsibility of all servicemen to maintain their kit. To achieve this recruits receive instruction.
4. Additional Military Equipment. The emphasis throughout training is placed on a Recruit learning how to look after the equipment issued and to this end Recruits are discouraged from buying additional items unnecessarily. Additional equipment should not be purchased until advice has been sought from the training team.
5. The following items should be brought with you:
KIT LIST FOR RECRUIT TRAINING
A set of smart civilian dress (shoes, trousers, collared shirt and tie). This should be worn when joining CTCRM. 1 set
Casual civilian dress. (Smart jeans, T-shirts and clean training shoes are allowed). At least 2 sets
Swimming trunks. 1 pair
Flip-flops. (Accommodation and washing facilities are communal) 1 pair
Sports kit (Shorts, t-shirts, socks) Two sets
Training shoes One pair.
The following items should be brought with you, although they can be purchased at CTCRM:
Clothes brush 1
Coat hangers 6
Shoe cleaning kit 1 set
Soft yellow dusters (good quality – for polishing shoes) 2
Metal polish (eg. Brasso). 1 tin
Washing powder 1 packet
Steam iron (essential). Due to Health and Safety requirements all electrical equipment at CTCRM is tested regularly, therefore, it is strongly advised that a new steam iron is purchased.
There are several small items that the new recruit will be required to buy from the shop on camp, the list for which will be given on arrival. To this end Recruits must arrive at CTCRM with sufficient money to cover the cost of these items £40
Personal Hygiene in Barracks. Exacting standards of personal hygiene are required from The Royal Marines. The following items are to be brought:
Shower gel 1
Nail brush. 1
Razor (not electric) + spare blades 1
Shaving foam/gel. 1
Large Towel 2
1. You should travel to CTCRM smartly dressed, wearing a collar and tie. You are strongly recommended to bring the items of clothing and kit detailed.
2. If you wear contact lenses and also have spectacles bring them both with you. Spectacles should have frames of a subdued colour. Tinted or polychromatic lenses may only be worn for medical reasons.
3. You may be granted leave privileges during your time in CTCRM, for which smart civilian clothes will be worn.
4. You are advised to learn basic washing and ironing skills before joining to enable you to maintain your uniform to a high standard.
5. During the first week you will be paid either £100 or £200 depending on whether or not you join in the first or last week of a pay period. However, you are recommended to bring at least £40 with you for necessary sundry purchases on arrival.
6. Post Office and Barclays Bank facilities are available at CTCRM. As your pay will be sent to a bank Current Account only, you are strongly advised to open such an account prior to joining. You will be given the opportunity to open an account during your first week of training if you do not already have one, however this may result in a delay in processing your first payment.
7. You are strongly encouraged to develop your fitness, upper body strength and cardiovascular fitness, as well as your basic swimming skills, before reporting to CTCRM Lympstone. If you are not sure of how to prepare read the booklet “are you ready to join” which you were given when you attended PRMC.
8. When in uniform no jewellery is to be visible other than signet or wedding rings, though during training it is advisable to wear them during off-duty periods only.
9. The use of Mobile phones at CTC Lympstone is restricted and can only be used outside of working hours and with permission.
10. The following items are NOT be taken to CTCRM:
a. Valuable items of jewellery.
b. Excessive amounts of cash.
c. Car or motorcycles.
d. Offensive weapons (eg. knives, stilettos and ball bearing guns)
f. Non-prescribed medicines.
11. Food and drink are not allowed in accommodation areas; take only enough for your journey. A Spar shop and automat facility is available in CTCRM.
12. On arrival at Lympstone Commando Station you will be met and escorted to the New Entry Training Quarters.
I've got a leatherman multi-tool, it's *text deleted* brilliant. I know if says no knives but my leatherman count as a knife (it has a knife on it). I could always smuggle it a stab myself to death should things become a bit to much *text deleted*
Whilst most trained Royal Marines appear to have a Leatherman attached to their body, second only in order of preference to a chunky watch( :*text deleted*: ), there is no-need to take one to recruit training initially. There is plenty of opportunity to take it back later as required.
After they have esablished you're not an axe-wielding homicidal maniac, with psychopathic tendencies, you are then permitted "sharp things" building up from an HB pencil to an SA80 bayonet.
You get issued service Pen knifes anyhu :*text deleted*: :*text deleted*: In the first few days aswell :P and as for the bayonets wile not attached to a the SA80 they cant evan cut through bread, id say all you can do is hurt someones feelings with them.
This might sound daft..... I make my own shoepolish. Beeswax and oliveoil as its the same as a waterproofing and polishing solution no longer available as retail but works great. Could i bring it with?