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Leading as an Officer or Marine?

Discussion in 'POC Section' started by greycarpet47, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. greycarpet47

    greycarpet47 New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Been milling about on this forum for a while and reading the threads about officers. Got the typical question between the two. I've done RMC for 4 years now and absolutely love being IC of my detachment and leading section attacks and teaching etc etc.. Naturally the leadership side of an officer appeals to me however I get the image that it doesn't last when you get drafted away from the field. In short would being a corporal or above be better for leading from the front as it still incorporates the soldiering side.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    The leading from thr front evaporates as you go up the ranks, regardless of OR or OF. You wont see many colour stripeys assaulting a position as the commander, nor will you see many Majors doing the same.

    The Officers cadre will naturally be better suited to those with a high level of intelligence and emotional intelligence as they'll often be dealing with politically sensitive situations and people.

    Think of it this way; OR = tactical, OF = strategic. That is a very simplistic view of it, but that's what it boils down to.
     
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    greycarpet47 New Member

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    Yes, see what you mean. Thanks for the reply
     
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    You need to think of Officers as managers.

    The higher you go, the more the paperwork and less “action” you see. But you get a decent wage.

    Being a Cpl is still getting “dirty” with the lads.

    Have you got the qualifications for it? Does University and people management appeal to you?
     
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    greycarpet47 New Member

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    I think the people management appeals to me and Ill have the grades but university certainly doesn't.
     
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    I much prefer the practical elements so an OR will be best probably, thanks for the advice.