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YellowBelly98

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Hi guys,

Just a bit of background - I'm planning on applying for the Royal Marines as an Officer next May (that will be when I'm fully medically eligible and clear from the 4 year mark of 'asthma'). I'm currently coming to the end of my second year at uni and have been training properly for just under a year.

My question is more in regards to running/the 1.5 mile runs/POC etc. I've been upholding a generally good good level of cardio fitness however I haven't been training to my max as I haven't seen it necessary. I can currently run my 1.5 mile return in around 10:10, but like I said I haven't been focusing on improving that, I've just been focusing on general fitness, pull-ups, press-ups etc.

If I was to be successful with applying and then have my PJFT say in June 2019 with my POC following in August (estimated), when should I start fully training to ensure I get my cardio to a good standard?

Cheers all! :)
 

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If it was me, I'd train from now to a target of 9 minutes for the return and double the maximum gym scores in a given period of say, 6 months and then ease off until a few weeks before testing to where the maximum scores and say a 9.30/45 was a base level that you could do with ease.

I have no idea if that's achievable or realistic but that would be my mindset.

Bear in mind that, as an internet subject matter expert, I actually have no expertise at all and may be talking bollocks.
 

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My advice would be to talk to your AFCO well in advance of the May medical to see if the ACLO is prepared to take the risk of pre-booking you a place on POC and AIB, on the assumption you will pass the medical, PJFT & Career Discussion inteview. I personally reckon it's a bit of a long shot trying to get everything cracked for a September 2019 YO intake.

The last possible POC will probably be June & last AIB also June, July if you are lucky.
 

YellowBelly98

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My advice would be to talk to your AFCO well in advance of the May medical to see if the ACLO is prepared to take the risk of pre-booking you a place on POC and AIB, on the assumption you will pass the medical, PJFT & Career Discussion inteview. I personally reckon it's a bit of a long shot trying to get everything cracked for a September 2019 YO intake.

The last possible POC will probably be June & last AIB also June, July if you are lucky.

I definitely don't think I'd be on the Sept 2019 intake - I forgot to mention I'm aiming for 2020 intake, just planning way ahead!
 
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