- Nov 1, 2020
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Hi lads, in a bit of a dilemma right now with choosing the officer or commando route. Looking to join in 2022 no matter which pathway I end up choosing but my situation is quite unique to most of the other lads looking to join. I moved to Australia from England six years ago and have wanted to join as an officer since 2016, where i watched young officer Bertie Kerr lead in Afghanistan on the RM documentary. However, receiving my results for my Year 12 VCE exams, I haven't obtained the necessary equivalent marks for officer entry. I have looked into fast track A levels and other further education, but from what I’ve gathered on this forum an officer is more of a overseeing management role rather than being the first man through the door (which i originally thought it would mainly consist of). Therefore, would the commando route of rising through the ranks and say working towards a sergeant role have more opportunity to get more into the action? Also, i know a lot of guys wanting to join act all gung ho and think they want a crazy action movie like career. However, this is not my approach even though the whole reason I am joining is to get stuck in. Personally, I don’t want to get the qualifications for an officer, when i could have had a couple of extra years as a commando instead of being in an office more than actually doing what i wanted to do in the first place, gaining experience as a marine in the field. Apologies for the long post, any advice would be greatly appreciated.