Official ROP leaflet

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It is interesting to see the stated reasons behind the ROP:

"There have been several cases, service wide, of Exercise Collapse during maximal testing in unconditioned personnel. This has forced the requirement to gradually increase the intensity of exercise over an extended period in order to minimise the risk of injury to personnel."

Presumably this means that firstly, all services will similarly be "forced" to do the same. Secondly, it indicates that the PRMC is no longer fit for task as it doesn't demonstrate or indicate inadequate prepation, which could lead to this hitherto unannounced phenomena - possibly similar to the more commonly apparent canine version?

After the PRMDC (4 week residential/paid development course, culminating in a PRMC) was introduced a few years back due to low numbers entering recruit training, it was ditched when numbers increased to an acceptable level.

The ROP, on the other hand, appears to have been introduced for a medical reason so there'll be no going back... Or will there?
 

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A series of circuit style exercises including leopard crawls, carries & drags, where you will be pushed to the limit and have the option to quit or crack-on, regardless of what your brain is telling you to do.
Ok so the mile and half twice has gone then strange thought they would keep that one
 

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Also what does the four mile march consist of will it be done at speed with full kit ect.
 

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Speed marches are done at 10 minute mile pace and I guess it will be done in what is known as loose order and boots. No equipment.
 

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Also what does the four mile march consist of will it be done at speed with full kit ect.

It's a march back with webbing, rifle and daysack. The speed picks up towards the last mile, but it's nothing to worry about. The determination test occurs as soon as you return to camp, so don't expect to be fresh when you do it.
 

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It's a march back with webbing, rifle and daysack. The speed picks up towards the last mile, but it's nothing to worry about. The determination test occurs as soon as you return to camp, so don't expect to be fresh when you do it.
I'll start doing 5.5 mile runs then followed by a small circuit I've been training for a PRMC so will have to focus more on endurance then speed. Anybody got advice on a better way to prepare for this one.
 

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So based on that leaflet (cheers @codislife), can someone confirm that the 3 mile run (troop and individual) doesn’t take place at ROP and therefore has been binned entirely?

I’ve been training for that run alongside getting my bleep test score up to 11.5-12. I can do the VPJFT+ circuit and have fairly decent gym test scores too. I’ll of course still train to improve my running time to at least pass the original 3mile run. If it isn’t happening though I’m thinking I could resume my application with AFCO sooner rather than later?
 

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You will still be asked in regards your 2.4 km return run and if not in time , you will not progress, so keep with it.
 

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What is the process with recruits who get injured on ROP that isnt a pre existing injury, do lads get binned because supposedly it's only an interview or does the corps have a duty of care over them.
I believe you are 'binned'. Happy to be corrected, but I was told Hunter is not a possibility until at least week 5 of phase 1. So after starting ROP, an injury in the first 9 weeks results in medical discharge.
 

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What is the process with recruits who get injured on ROP that isnt a pre existing injury, do lads get binned because supposedly it's only an interview or does the corps have a duty of care over them.
The PMs I have received on this topic since ROPs began in 2020 suggest that each individual case is clinically assessed. Nobody gets arbitrarily "binned".
 

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