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Pathfinders

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Wings, May 23, 2020.

  1. Wings

    Wings Venerated Contributor

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    Anyone tried Pathfinder selection, considering it or in the unit?
     
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    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    Have a couple of mates who have done the course and after two years they re cap badged to Para Reg. said it was quite arduous but they enjoyed serving with them.
     
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  3. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    The next Pathfinder Selection Course (PFSC) will run between early Sept 2020 to mid Oct 2020.

    The Pathfinder Selection Course (PFSC) is a tried and tested system designed to identify potential and develop those with the right qualities to be an Advanced Force Soldier. The course is set over 6 weeks and takes place in Brecon . If you have missed the chance to apply for PFSC 20/02 and you are serving full-time in the Army, Navy or RAF email their recruitment wing via the DIN to receive further information. There is a briefing course.
     
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  4. Pegasus9

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    Whilst serving with 9 Sqn Recce Tp we worked quite closely with PF and would sometimes deploy as an attached Patrol on training exercises, and as part of an expanded BRF during the Herrick years.

    I had hoped to go on and attempt PF selection myself but plans changed and I left the army to go to University.

    Very professional unit, with the opportunity to get on a lot of sought after courses; JTAC, Sniper, EMT, Heavy Weapons, HALO/HAHO...

    Selection I believe kicks off with P Coy test week with reduced times, then a Hills Phase before moving onto a TTP/SOP phase and a final Exercise. This was years back mind so thins may have evolved.
     
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  5. Stroll147

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    Aren't they all HALO/HAHO trained soon after they pass the 6 weeks and do the HALO/HAHO course, it's their speciality isn't it? I may be wrong!
     
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  6. Collieryboy

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    I'm sure it used to be that way, but apparently the PF are much larger than they used to be. Used to be one platoon strength. Wonder if that's changed things.
     
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  7. Pegasus9

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    They are, passing is what gives them the opportunity to be loaded on said course!

    Not sure how quickly they get loaded onto the course, when I was in it could take a while as C-130s were in short supply.

    I waited over a year to get loaded onto a BPC back in 2009, in the end I was sent out to another country to do there Parachute course and did one British jump to convert and qualify. So actually earned foreign wings before British! Actually very nearly ended up with 2 sets of foreign wings before British.
     
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  8. Chelonian

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    Pathfinder Platoon in its current format has existed since the mid-1980s. But there were certainly iterations of it in continuous service throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

    The TA (Army Reserve) Parachute Brigade was of a significant size back then and 16 Lincoln Company (Volunteers) was its Pathfinder asset. DZ flash of the long disbanded 16 Lincoln Company (V) below:

    lincoln-mk-3.jpg
     
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  9. Wings

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    Its still a small unit wouldnt say more than 30 men from when I have seen them. I know that they have failed an entire course who made it to the end due to not good enough teamwork.
     
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    Why did they swap to Para reg not go back to commandos?
     
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    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    I think it came down to the fact that if they went back to the RM they would get pinged etc. I still like the fact that in the Para Reg you can specialise when you like.
     
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  12. Wings

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    Yeah its a good positive.
    I heard he stayed because Para reg is great and he said the Marines was far too easy.
    Sounds kind of stupid if he was pinged went to a an almost SF unit and would get put somewhere were he couldnt show his new found skills.
     
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    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    Oh yeah is that what he said? Eyebrows it? ;)
     
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  14. Wings

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    Sorry lost them last week when I said that marines smell of cabbage. Turns out you dont, just spinach.
     
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    Surprised a pongo can smell something that isn't himself! -vomit-
     
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  16. Chelonian

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    All: Please stow the banter. It's not helpful on this forum. Thanks.
     
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