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Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by WK195, Apr 10, 2020.

  1. WK195

    WK195 New Member

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    Sound mate, sounds a lot more effective in my opinion than the old run press ups, run repeat.
     
  2. Wings

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    How is ADSC run now was it a 1.2 mile run? What time did you get and what time do line infantry have to get to pass?

    For Catterick before you go buy IKEA sealy bags they are cheap and the pri and naffi ones arent. My joining instructions said bring 10 sealy bags which isnt even enough for intro 1. IKEA do a variation of sizes 1 of each box will do you for first 1-8 weeks roughly. After that I dont know if line regiments let you have dry bags in depot Paras dont so I imagine you wont either so save you some money.

    Regards to the needles I dont remember them drawing blood but I only got jabs I didnt have as a kid and you arent in everyones view and if you have a wobble, no one will see. Youll be fine.
     
  3. WK195

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    Hi mate,

    Thank god for that, hate needles with a passion!

    As for assessment centre you’re correct, Late Monday arrival with lots of briefings, all day medical next day in which 22 lads got sent home from mine and then the fitness and team tasks on last day. I got 7:10 on the 1.2 mile. The other tests are an absolute joke in my opinion, slightly embarrassing to be throwing a ball across a room in order to join the British army.

    Thanks for the advice regarding sealy bags, I’ll definitely make sure to stock up on them.
     
  4. Johnny_Anonie

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    Good point on the jabs @Wings

    When I joined they did draw blood in order to ascertain blood group but I think that’s been done away with.
     
  5. Chelonian

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    You might reduce your anxiety by exposure to the cause of the anxiety. :)

    https://www.blood.co.uk

    But seriously, the best tip if bloods are drawn is to look away.
     
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  6. Chelonian

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    There was a time when nurse warned of an imminent jab with a cheerful "You'll feel a little príck..." which always raised a childish giggle.
    Current protocol is "You'll feel a little scratch...".

    Political correctness gone mad if you ask me. :(
     
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  7. Wings

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    7.10 is a very good time why didnt you go for Paras more than enough time only 8.15 for it. Sure fitness aint everything but a good start.

    Also wouldnt bother taking talcon powder down you get some for your first exercise i took a big bottle and just took up space. If money is an issue buy a fishing reel a small carrabiner and comms cord for the other exercises now to save money when you have to buy everything at once.
     
  8. Johnny_Anonie

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    I was taught at Keogh to say “Ok, Sharp scratch you príck”
     
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  9. Chelonian

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    Sounds fair enough. Covers all bases.
     
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    adding to this don’t want to seem like I’m having a dick measuring contest but I knew 2 absolute stains who’ve transferred to the rifles and got champion recruit
     
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  11. The guide

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

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    Yes thats spot on, blood grouping not done in basic anymore by any service.!!
     
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  12. WK195

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    Picked Rifles due to the variety, location of battalions, history and ethos. It was always between Paras and Rifles. Funnily enough it was actually a serving lad in 2 para on my insight course that said ‘you need to be thinking about what kit you want to use, where abouts you want to be based etc as we all do the same job at the end of the day’. Also got told by a lad in the Royal Irish to have a good think about the Rifles due to the specialised infantry battalion, claimed they get to travel all over the place.

    In terms of fitness, like you said I don’t believe it is the be all end all. The way I see it there’s going to be some unfit lads in each regiment along with some absolute phys ninjas.
     
  13. Wings

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    Your choice I wont say no more. Aim for that top recruit then. Thats one thing I am jealous of with the massive battalions like the Rifles is the location choices. You can live near home potentially.
     
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  14. WK195

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    Nothing but respect for the paras and the incredibly high standards in which they uphold! Not the first time I’ve heard about lads transferring and getting top recruit to be honest.
     
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    Physical selection for Para Reg is there for a reason, and part of that is the ability to move at speed from the drop zone to the rally point and arrive fit to fight.

    I’ll not share any stories of my
    poor experiences of the RIFLES on tour. Less cowboys in a western.
     
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