odds of becoming rm officer

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  1. Bricktop39

    Bricktop39 New Member

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    I'm currently studying A levels in chemistry, physics and maths, and I'm hoping to go to swansea university next year to study mechanical engineering on their brand new state of the art bay campus, while I'm there i intend to join the UOTC and my hobbies include judo, and surfing, i have a decent fitness level but i know i have a long way to go before I'm fit enough to join the rm as an officer, so i have 2 questions
    1, assuming everything goes to plan what are the odds of me becoming a royal marines officer?
    and 2. do i have to attend a russel group/top university in order to join as an officer? I only ask because i did some research into what universities current armed forces officers attended, but i could only find 2 which was 2 officers in the rifles who studied at exeter and cardiff which are both in the russell group, so I'm a little worried about whether the rm turn me down due to not attending a top university.
    p.s swansea is very good uni and is very good for the subject I'm intending to study but still
     
  2. DhobiWanKenobi

    DhobiWanKenobi Royal Marines Commando

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    To answer your second question, no. You don't ned a degree to be an officer in the RM, let alone a super special one. I believe the requirement is still 180 UCAS points. All the best.
     
  3. Chelonian

    Chelonian Well-Known Member

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    Assuming that you will be academically qualified as alluded to by @Pock the elements that need to 'go to plan' are all the elements of the selection process for Royal Marines Officer including the Potential Officer Course at CTCRM Lympstone and the Admiralty Interview Board at HMS Sultan.

    Bear in mind that there is one only Batch (of about 50 plus) Young Officers annually which currently begins training in September. Given the low numbers comparative to, say, Army entry to RMAS Sandhurst it is likely that some candidates who are successful in most elements of selection do not meet the 'final cut' to actually begin training. But it is unlikely that anyone dissuaded by this final factor would apply anyway. Best of luck.
     
  4. Auch

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    Like Pock, in response to your second question, the answer is an outright no. The current Batch is very diverse; graduates from Russell Group universities, non-Russell Group unis, non-graduates and Corps Commission either with or without a degree. Obviously, everyone has to meet the base academic standard (UCAS points), after that, it's entirely - and I mean entirely - about how you perform during the application process, which is how it should be because it puts everybody on a level playing field.
     
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  5. resal

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    How do you obtain the UCAS points if the mode of entry for YO training is via Corp commission?
     
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Nowadays those joining direct need 140 UCAS points (if A Levels are pre 2017) or 72 UCAS points under the newer scheme. Applicants also need 5 GCSEs, A*-C including maths & English. Degrees are not and never were required.

    For a Corps Commission into Young Officer training UCAS points are not required, just the GCSEs, but fewer than 4 are taken eack year, so competition is tough - 40% of Other. Ranks are qualified educationally for Officer entry.

    My advice? If anyone wants to be an RM Officer, join as one because statistically the odds are such that a Corps Commission is a remote career opportunity, by no meansx assured.
     
  7. resal

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    Thanks for the info and showing the scale of the difficulty.

    Is it possible to gain the UCAS points whether A level or B tech while in service such as on general duties etc. within the Marine's system?
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Further education is available through the Standard and Enhanced Learning Credit schemes but again, UCAS points are not required for Corps Commission. http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com
     
  9. resal

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    Hi Ninja

    The thought process was this. If it is extremely tough to get onto YO via Corps commission then an alternative could be to gain the UCAS points via ELC scheme. This would provide an alternate entry path yes?

    Am I on the right track here or missing something from the process?
     
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    Having a Degree or A Levels does not increase the odds of being put forward or selected for a Corps Commission.
     

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