life after the Marines

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by whatwillbewillbe!, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. whatwillbewillbe!

    whatwillbewillbe! New Member

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    I know I'm a long way off even becoming a RM, but after all this ridiculousness with sgt Blackman, how are you treated by the RN after you leave? Whether its my choice or medically/honourable discharged? For that matter even dishonourably discharged?
    Do they help you transfer back into civvy street or isit a case of, you're not with us now, bye?
    When I do join I'm joining til I die or retire, whichever is first (hopefully retire)
    You hear a lot about homeless vets, is that their doing?
     
  2. arny01

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    In the case of the Army, it's see you later! I spent the best years of my life in green, and I may as well never have existed! Not that I'm looking for any thing from the Army! It's just how it is I guess.

    Funnily enough I feel more a part of the Royal Marines family than I ever did in the Army! The Marines go to great lengths to make the wider family a part of the Corps. And it's fantastic to see, regular families days at units etc etc! There also a saying "Once a Marine, always a Marine" and the former Marines on here certainly seem to still feel a deep connection with the Corps still!! You only need look at the support for Al Blackman on the news feeds on TV to see the support from former Marines!!

    I think a former Bootneck on here would be better placed to comment on your specific question, but from an Army viewpoint, you leave, you never existed!! A few former freinds of mine have ended up on the streets, and it's such a shame to see, these lads isolate themselves, because they think in their own mind that they are alone! And to a big extent you are!!
     
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  3. Chelonian

    Chelonian Well-Known Member

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    The comments above by @arny01 are pretty much spot on about the Army. If one gets a knock on the door from the Army after almost 40 years it won't be a welfare team but more likely Army lawyers seeking witnesses to prosecute an historical investigation!

    The diverse network of Army regimental associations can be supportive to veterans but from personal experience the available support is inconsistent nationwide. In fairness the single biggest factor hampering the provision of support to veterans is a lack of awareness by all parties, particularly health and social care professionals.
     
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  4. whatwillbewillbe!

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    So what could I do myself (once left) to make sure I don't end up alone, homeless or worse... When i attended my interview I was told 'you only get what you ask for' but I'm sure that's only for little things. I am joining the marines when the times right for me, but I just don't want to end up getting nothing back from it

    I know this post is really negative, so, sorry. But I think its best to research everything rather than nothing. If I get too depressing just tell me to *text deleted* off haha
     
  5. Chelonian

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    It's a fair question to be honest. You'll be asking about occupational pensions next! :)

    Others on the forum will be able to give you better information on the RN and RM welfare support network. From the little I do know, it can be very good for those serving or for recent leavers but hopefully someone with recent experience can contribute further.

    To be honest, people do 'fall off the radar' in later life and become invisible to, say, regimental associations because nobody makes the link. Associations can be very supportive when they become aware of genuine need.
     
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  6. whatwillbewillbe!

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    What's an occupational pensions... Haha only joking, well thanks for sharing some of the info you do have. Appreciate it, it has actually made me worry a bit less as we know the rm are the best, now I know they're probably even the best after you leave. Thank you.
     
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    In all fairness, all I have heard from people who have been in the army recently is "I couldn't wait to leave/Don't join/ it's s###/ Join the army-be the best, sorry be depressed"

    From people who were in the RM it is "Go for it mate, you will love it"

    What swayed my decision to apply for RM is that from nod to retired veteran in recent times everybody has been to lympstone, everybody has been there and done it. You don't see marines slagging other marines off. I see in the army a lot of "I'm in the infantry so I'm therefore better than that fat loafer in the Royal Logistic corps" there seems to be a lot of seperation and snobbery and ridiculing under the bracket of being in 'The Army'

    Until specialisation or being pinged, in RM everybody does the same prmc, same 32 weeks training then onto general duties at unit. Shared hardship and respect by people who may not know eachother but know they have been through the same process.

    A friend of mine, ex RM says it is the biggest boys club in the world and one big family who all stick up for eachother. The Commandent General, right at the top, would have some point been told he was a w@#ker and made to roll around in the mud at some point :-D He is Royal Marine, just the same as the lad who passes out at week 32.
     
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  8. whatwillbewillbe!

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    I've never wanted to be anything other than a RM, to be the best of the best would feel amazing, and the brother hood is something i admire, to know the person standing next to you would die for you. The 'army' doesn't appeal to me whatsoever. I just wanted to know how you're treated after all the 'horror' story's you come across.
    Thanks though.
     
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    ...also to any ex or current army that is viewing my thoughts, it isn't a dig, or a comment to stir anything.
     
  10. arny01

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    Your comments are quite fair, and balanced! Can't argue with the truth!!
     
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  11. whatwillbewillbe!

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    Plus no one should ever feel offended in this forum, don't think a single member is here to put anyone down, or any part of the armed forces for that matter. Its one of the most respectable jobs going, should always be proud
    Especially if you're a RM as they're the best haha.
    People are here for guidance and to share knowledge, if anyone feels offended... Go cry in a corner!
     

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