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Potential para

Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by Quinny342, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Hi lads,

    Just thought i would introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my current situation qnd how *text deleted** ended up applying for the paras ( yes the paras!) i know this will be fairly controversal being on a RM forum but this website has been incredibly helpfull to me both, when i was applying for RM and now app,ying for paras. Athough being a different service the principals of basic fitness is very similar with both paras and RM and i am constantly on here looking for new and interesting ways to train.

    I cancelled my app for RM in july due to one being a conviction for driving with no insurance when i was 18 and was told i had to apply for a waiver and for that to be accepted. Another was at my medical i told my examiner i had asthma as a child from when i was 3-6years old to which it dissapeared and i have never had any problems with it. I got put onto the peak flow diary (which im sure alot of you have experienced!!) and had to give my doc a letter to fill out regarding the asthma. Anyway, my doc filled it out and i found out i was administerwd oral steroids for the asthma, this sounded fairly serious however my doc explained that it was only administered to rule out the fact that i still had the asthma and was just a TRIAL! Obviously this sounded alarm bells to the medical examiner and said i would be defered to portsmouth and the turn around time would be around 6-8 months and even after that there was no guarantee that i would be passed.

    So applying for a waiver which would take 4-5 months,(and was told it would be a 50-50 chance of being accepeted), defering my medical (another 6 months) and then going through the rest of the app (probably another year from medical to RT) i decided i financially could not afford to. Wait the best part of 2 years and still not be accepted. Alot of people are probably thinking" well if you want it enough you will wait". And i do agree with this if you have just left school and can just go to college or something however i have just graduated from a strength and conditiong degree and need to seriously start a career.

    However, i am just as happy to be applying for paras and am extremely excited about the challeng ahead!!! Repsect to all you lads wanting a career in an elite force.
    Sorry about the absoloute MASSIVE post!
     
  2. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    potential para.... is lost. Not surprising, haven't met one yet that can navigate ;)

    Surely you're going to face the same hurdles with the para's?
     
  3. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Haha knew i would take a bit of stick but im up for a bit of banter.
    As for the same hurdles cropping up.....

    1)They had no problem with my conviction after my initial interview, in which they could see my regrets for my stupidity when i was younger and that im not the sort of person to just drive around knowingly breking the law.

    2)they were only interested in the fact that i havent had asthma within the last 4 years. (been clear for 15 years)

    So now my application is at the army selction stage and if i pass that then onto para selection, should be at depot by the end of feb apparently (if im lucky enough to pass!)
     
  4. Newguy2011

    Newguy2011 Well-Known Member

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    Is that in training for feb?
     
  5. Ex_Sapper

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    Surely if you get into the paras you could always transfer to the Royal Marines (bowing head slightly when saying those two words together).

    Or could you not be attached? like I was in the engineers and was going to go 24 cdo until I had an injury and then surely from there could you not say you want to transfer to Royal Marines as you just don't want to be support and want the "full throttle Charlie's angels" or something like that? Excuse my superbad quote in case you didn't notice.:toung:

    They must let you in that way surely??
     
  6. samson86

    samson86 Royal Marines Commando

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    Good luck mate.
     
  7. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Ye mate, the time from para selection to training is around 2-4 weeks.
     
  8. dylan-7

    dylan-7 Valuable Contributor

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    If after 3-4 years you get sent to 1 PARA, you could work alongside F Company RM, in SFSG.
     
  9. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    To be honest mate i dont think i would want to transfer unless there are certain aspects about the paras in specific i dont like. After putting in all that effort to becoming a para the thought of changing to a different service doesnt sit right with me. By all means i will defo be pushing to do the all arms commando course and gain the green lid. I massivley respect the RM and would be honoured to serve with thwm in the future on base or operations. But as most of you will agree the thought of transfering from royals to para probably is a bit pointless, both are elite units with very similar roles within the battlefied at the moment. With regards to jumps the paras havent jumped into battle for aroumd 50 years and are not going to conduct any jumps into afghan any time soon, but the same can be said for royals, will be rare/impossible to do a beach assault into helmand. So as for that both are pretty much doing a very similar job in that they are specialists on the ground fighting the insurgency.
     
  10. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Ye *text deleted** heard that, apparently some lads get sent straight to 1 para after training but generally you rotate there once you have a tour under your belt and are an eceptionally good soldier. Is definatley a goal of mine but a long way away to worry about, for me getting through training and p coy is all im worried about!!
     
  11. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Cheers fella, good luck to you for RT!!!
     
  12. Ryan11

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    good luck mate, should keep us updated with how your getting on from time to time

    Ryan
     
  13. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Yeh i will do mate, next step is third interview on the 30th nov then army selection and para selection january time!!anyone considered doing the para insight course on here for just extra phys/couple days out?
     
  14. Chelonian

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    Whether troops are inserted by parachute or by beach assault, it?s just a means to achieve an end.

    What really matters is what the troops achieve on the ground.

    Good luck for the future.
     
  15. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    ye definatley mate, this day in age with the air power we have now it is generally just as effective and efficient to be dropped in by a chinook and then yomp/tab to PB or objective. where are you with your app ,ate?
     
  16. C

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    :huh:

    Chelonian is an ex-para as far as I'm aware with a younger family member looking to join the RM, so a bit past (no offence Chelonian) applying for the RM.
     
  17. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    Yep, that's me. No offence taken - I'm well past it!
     
  18. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Chelonian, i hear you was ex airborne??! any advice/tips for depot?nice to speak to someone from the reg as where im from (plymouth) its mainly a marine town!
     
  19. Chelonian

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    I?m reluctant to offer you any advice because it will be 30 years out of date. But I will say this:

    1) When you begin Parachute Regiment training, always keep your head up and come back for more whatever your training team throw at you. Your training team will notice it.

    2) Don?t jack (wrap).
     
  20. Quinny342

    Quinny342 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for hthe reply mate, been trying to install the mental side of it during my training when i feel like stopping and want to wrap i try and push out a few more reps/miles but i guess only the training team can properly do this!!

    If you dont mind me asking how long did u spend in the reg? Did u enjoy it ect?