I'm not sure what you mean. Firstly, Royal Marines Officers are also Commandos. There are not Officers and Commandos as a seperate entity.
Officers take part in all the same sports clubs as the lads, rank is seen as seperate to Sport. It's always there but you're a lot more informal within a club or team.
An Officer's social life revolves around the Officers' Mess which is a social club for Officers only. The mess will organise piss ups and formal dinners etc and is a hell of a good laugh.
There is an element of loneliness of command but it's not too bad. I had a superb Troop Sergeant so I was fine.
You have to keep a certain distance from your marines. You are not their friend but can be friendly with them. You do need to keep the distance to ensure you do not compromise yourself. It's hard to explain really until you have experienced command.
I've been on the fence for ages, can you offer any advice on how or why I should make a decision whether to go for YO or RT?
My tutors at uni, friends and family are all encouraging me to go for Officer training. My thoughts are that for some reason they all seem to think it'll be a safer job, and of course there's the money.
But I don't think I could ever be as happy as an Officer. I've had a taste of dog soldiery while in the Greek army and I loved it.
If you have the potential to be an Officer, you should go that way. It's really as simple as that, you will be become steadily bored and frustrated if you are not pushed outside of your comfort zone. Believe me, Officer's do plenty of soldiering.
It will be established at the AIB, there are elements that are tested on the POC but the AIB is where you will truly find out whether or not you have leadership potential. Both elements are very difficult so you may not be the one making the decision! It may well be made for you.
Joining as an Officer requires 100% commitment, if you are even slightly unsure then don't bother, only those with the highest levels of commitment and determination will enter training.
Sorry if I am being blunt, I don't want you to waste your time.
My desire to enter the corps doesn't waver however my confidence regarding the AIB does.
I am taking steps to try and build up my "experience repetoire". Training with the British Military Fitness group and hopefully going to Kinabalu in November for 9 days of jungle survival training and a race.
I can't enter the OTC as my schedule for uni is really tight.
What would you recommend as useful activities to help improve my chances?
RMRO: I've just left Uni early as i got into some financial problems and really wasn't getting on with it, however i went to uni on an access to higher education course. As it turns out MOD doesn't rate it as highly as UCAS it's useless as an A level equivalent, is it still realistically possible to get a field commission if you join in your mid-20s? i'm joining either way but wondering nonetheless.
You can only get a Corps Commission if you are in the Corps and are under 26 by the time you start your application. You also need the same education qualifications as a YO joining straight in from Civy Street. It sounds like you're probably not going to be able to be commissioned with your educational qualifications.