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Most essence SQ

Discussion in 'Jollies Bar' started by Vine, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Yea, don't hold your breath, it's ninja to get on.
    Only ever saw 1 at CTC. I did think about it myself.
    There was apparently 1 at my last unit but I never saw him, just dropped stuff that needed worked on and by magic the next week it would reappear!
     
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  2. Fraserg456

    Fraserg456 Valuable Contributor

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    I'm thinking assault engineer or landing craft!
     
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  3. Sendit

    Sendit Royal Marines Commando

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    Ahh that's a shame. Are you more likely to get a SQ if you have a background in that area?
     
  4. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    To be honest I don't know, I have heard of lads choosing SQs on their past jobs/experience but I have never heard of lads getting it because of their past jobs/experience.
    I would imagine as metal smith is quite a specialist skill they would look at someone with previous skills (were you a blacksmith?) over someone who's just out of school or a trained basket weaver.
    To be honest I think you might have to DSS yourself for a few years or get a different SQ to stop you getting pinged and wait it out in that SQ until it comes up.

    It's really a luck of the draw with SQs to be fair, I have seen lads out the box get HW3 (anti tanks) which is a 3 year waiting list, and I have seen lads get pinged for Sigs or Clerks.
    Best to get your choices on JPA ASAP and keep badgering for aquaints or for info on SQs.
     
  5. Ninja_Stoker

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    Must admit, I've always found DL s to have a cracking sense of humour.

    When I joined, (everything was in black and white then) we had an RM Sergeant at HMS Raleigh teaching us rifle drill. Not just any rifle drill. SLR rifle drill. For the uninitiated, SLRs were so awesome that they will eventually melt them down to make Victoria Cross' s. Probably.

    To get the rifle up to "Shoulder Arms" from "Order Arms" (rifle butt on the deck), you used to hook your little finger around the foresight and launch the weapon vertically skyward, catching it with both hands (one one the pistol grip, t'other on the forestock) as the flash eliminator reached your shoulder as it flew upwards.

    The DL gave the order to shoulder arms with his back toward us so he could hear we were doing it in unison... only I missed it completely, grabbing thin air! The rifle clattered to the deck. The DL's neck and ears slowly turned a bright red hue and his shoulders seemed to raise a bit as he thrust both straight arms downward - a bit like Muttley on Whacky Races when he doesn't get a medal. Very odd.

    [​IMG]

    Nothing was said. He smartly turned right, in a parade-like military manner and marched smartly away out of the field of vision, on a crisp, crunchy and frosty day. He wheeled around, coming to a stampy-stop directly behind me. The steel segs on his boots could be heard grinding the tarmac. I could feel his breath on the back of my neck as I stood stock still. He leant forward to whisper a 'lady-part' in my ear.

    After that, I never dropped my rifle :)
     
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  6. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    The SLR with bayonet was as big as i was when i first joined , i looked proper daft on pass out parade ! , that said one round on target and it was endex unlike the 5.56
     
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  7. Wingzero

    Wingzero Veteran Contributor

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    Ahahhahahaha
    "Essence". I'm dead.

    Anyway was recce operator but some guy called the guide :)p) is making me think of med assist lately...Gucci sq
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

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    Yep, and that was with the safety catch on.
     
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  9. Sendit

    Sendit Royal Marines Commando

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    Nooo, I just studied engineering at college and part of the course was welding, that's all. Okay cheers for the info, so would you say the more proactive you are with attending aquaints and bugging for info the more likely you are of getting on a course?
     
  10. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    One of the funniest DLs I ever came across was a guy called Tex Freeborn, who has since passed away, (RIP). He was First Drill at Deal when I was there as a trained rank and was an absolute legend. In the porch of his MQ he had a mannequin dressed in a Guard's uniform and he used to take the DL2's course round to his house and illustrate how to carry out an inspection!

    Mad as a box of frogs springs to mind, with a library of one liners that would put a top comedian to shame!

    Alan
     
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  11. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Look into AEs then mate if you enjoy engineering side of things.

    Usually you only get an aqquaint for the SQ you want it's not usually a free for all, or a case of cracking a few until you get one you like. but if you keep asking your Troop Boss and CSM, about Aqquaints/info for the SQ you want the more likely your name is to be thought of. Just make sure you have it on JPA to back up your interest.
    Seen Lads be denied the opportunity for SQs because they haven't bothered to put it in JPA.
    You have to pass the aqquaint before being allowed to go onto your SQ training.
    Aqquaints are usually a couple of days involving bit of phys, map reading, Military Knowledge and usually a "Kim's" game (memory) thrown in for good measure. And any SQ related topics play a big part of it.
     
  12. Sendit

    Sendit Royal Marines Commando

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    Yeah thing is I preferred the welding side of it, love working with my hands and doing proper precise work like that. You said it was an SQ you were interested in, any particular reason you decided against it? To be honest I'll focus on getting through training first I think! But its good to know how the system works, thanks for the insight!
     
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  13. H01ty

    H01ty Valuable Contributor

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    With my fondness for climbing/skiing and mountaineering I'll certainly be hassling everyone necessary to get on an acquaint/course for ML3 (a bootneck I know described the acquaint as the hardest week of his life, having already done an SFBC!). Not sure if I'd want to stick in that branch though, if I got into it at all, there's certainly a lot of variation to be had with a career in the Corps and after spending a few years dripping about putting myself through the arctic and bleak Scottish winters I think a nice LCs draft to jet ski round Diego Garcia would warm the bones adequately! :cool:

    One can dream.
     
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  14. LRL

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    I have to say, like many eventually when I get to RT and pass out and earn the earn the green beret and flashes, I think the SQs that'd suit me the most or what interest me the most would be the common PTI or ML.

    Purely because I love anything which involves exploring places I haven't been before as well as adventurous stuff like rock climbing, have also loved a bit of free running too. Love the old escape and evasion as well since doing it a few times on my college course and on an Army LALC we did (managed to cross a smallish area of woodland with 30 others all around it looking for me in daylight with a high vis vest on... :D). Quite enjoy map reading too, love been responsible (keeps you busy). So ML would be right up my street.

    As for PTI, just watching vids of the gym sessions at CTCRM makes you think how good it'd be to be a PTI training recruits. You'd be doing different things over time since the sessions change plus it's the phys that we all learn to love after all.
     
  15. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Let's see how your fondness is after a trip to 'Oggin Tor.... ;)
     
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  16. GreyWing

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    Due to the virus thingy I just wanted to update this thread, just in case anyone up high has any thoughts about drafting ex nods out of retirement.

    It is no longer my dream to drive the biff wagon.
     
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  17. Chelonian

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    Trundling about in a Green Goddess appliance and having fire fighters shout "Scab!" at you was a 1970's joy for many. :)
     
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  18. Rover

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    Ah the smooth touch of neoprene!o_O:confused:
    Sorry wrong thread.;):)
     
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  19. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    It’s can’t be anymore ridiculous than the officers claiming the RMR will love to drive the Fuel Tankers round the country when they go on strike.

    Oh yea that sounds like an absolute winners detail. Not.
     
  20. Chelonian

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    If you're on the equivalent pay grade as regular fuel tanker drivers it might be worth a whirl.
    There's a massive amount of risk and responsibility driving those monsters and the cargo. But somehow I suspect that even after specialist tanker training Reserve Forces will remain on the standard pay scale.
    National health emergency warrants national emergency pay scales for Reserve Forces in my personal opinion.
     
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