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Featured PRMC fail diary

Discussion in 'PRMC Diaries' started by lightladdie16, May 17, 2019 at 10:33 AM.

  1. lightladdie16

    lightladdie16 New Member

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    Hi everyone, just come home from PRMC yesterday after packing it in during the determination test.
    Day 1; I was the last to arrive out of everyone since my train got cancelled at Exeter and I had to wait for an hour to get it, corporal came down and took me to the accommodation and told me to bring my notebook so I can write down notes when he takes me to the brief. Sat down at prmc brief, corporal explains rules and shows us the Halliday award, explains the history of it etc.
    We go back to the accommodation and get all our admin done, kit sorted and get ready for scran, then go to bed and up the next morning at 0530. Make sure that when you’re getting kit from the clothing storage that you leave it in a neat state and then clean it when you come back from scran. Each room has a different cleaning duty each night so make sure you adhere to it and have the place spotless, otherwise the corporal will trash everything and give you an extra 10 minutes on bottom field( we ended up getting 20 and it *text deleted*ed a lot of lads over).
    Day 2; Up, showered, shaved and in suits ready for scran, make sure you eat a lot to keep yourself going during the gym tests. Came back from scran, did some cleaning them straight into phys kit for the gym tests. Corporal takes you down to meet the pti who takes you into the the gym. Make sure you don’t fidget or scratch AT ALL in the gym or in the presence of the ptis or you will get a 'extra phys'. Got a quick demo of each of the exercises before doing them. My scores were as follows;
    Vo2 Max; 11.5
    Push ups;54
    Sit ups;47
    Pull-ups;9
    Make sure you do the exercises EXACTLY as shown or else you’ll be told to stop, I didn’t keep my knees together so I got told to stand up at 47 sit ups when I could have quite easily gotten close to making them out. After we finished the gym tests we got a good 20 minute 'extra phys' by the ptis for lads not doing what they were told in the gym, i.e. not doing exercises to the bleep and scratching etc. After that we were marched back to the accommodation and got showered and back into suits for scran. Then it was to a lecture about specialist roles in the corps and qualifications you can get, after that it was back into phys rig and out for the 3 miler, make sure you train this aggressively to get as many points as possible because the pti goes relatively quickly during the 1.5 out. You do some warmups beforehand then into 3 files for the run. MAKE SURE you stay in file during the run or else the pti increases his pace, lads near the back started breaking up so the pti ended up running us really quickly so we were all *text deleted*ed by the end of the 1.5. When running back just dig in blind and keep going, it goes in somewhat quickly. There is a sign on the road that says “500m to go” when you pass that, sprint as fast as you can to the finish to milk as many points as possible. My score on this wasn’t very impressive at 10:19. Then back to get showered and into our swimming kit. The swimming test is by far the easiest part of the whole course, just make sure you’re confident in the water and can hold your breath. The pti gets everyone to swim a breadth of the pool and gives you either a 1 or 2 depending on how good your technique is. 1 means your swimming is fine and 2 means you need to improve before starting training or coming back to prmc. Then you dive off the board and swim a length, breadth and another length. After that you dive down to get the brick.
    Day 3; Up at 0530 again and showered etc, into suits for scran, back up to accommodation and get your kit ready for bottom field. Bring plasters and zinc oxide tape with you to help prevent blisters, and as weird as this sounds, use Vaseline on the inside heels and toes of your boots to prevent blisters. We line up in the corridor and wait for the pti to take us to bottom field. It is absolutely crucial to make sure you have your water bottle filled all the way to the top because he will check it and if anyone isn’t totally full he will add extra time to the determination test. We get marched down to bottom field and have the confidence test and ropes demonstrated to us, then it was our turn. Honestly, the confidence test is a nice rest from the warmup you get and as long as you run across the plank at a decent pace the pti will be pleased and you don’t get any hassle. You get demonstrations of each of the obstacles on the obstacle course then you get a shot too. You’re taught the proper technique to traverse all the obstacles and how to land properly. MAKE SURE you land with two feet and do the obstacles exactly how the pti shows you or you’ll get another 'extra phys', we got two before even starting our timed run, first was everyone had to jump into and submerge themselves in the pool under the monkey bars( which is absolutely honking) then we had to do the same again 5 minutes after because a lad wasn’t looking at the pti while he was speaking. Then onto the timed run of the endurance course. I don’t know my time exactly but I know I got one point and scraped the 16 points needed to pass. After the assault course was my real downfall *text deleted*, it’s so important that you have strong legs before you go to prmc, it will help massively with the duck walks, which absolutely ruined me, and the fireman’s carry. During Fireman’s carries I was the slowest out of all the lads and got told to *text deleted* off back to the accommodation, so after having just scraped my pass I had failed not too long after *text deleted*. I didn’t get to do the endurance course, but all the lads said it was absolutely honking after they came back. After failing I had a chat with the sergeant about my scores and me getting failed during the determination and he just told me to strengthen my legs up and come back in 3 months and I should be okay. Then I got the longggg train home and got the opportunity to do some major soul searching on the train. I wasn’t very upset at first but I just felt like a *text deleted* for failing when I was close to the end. What I’ve taken away from it all is that I want to be a marine more than ever now, I really enjoyed it and made some great friends in the short time I was there. Just make sure when you’re training you gun it every time you run, make sure you have close to max gym test scores and strengthen your legs up. I’m only 17 so they went fairly easy on me after I failed and reassured me that I’d do much better in a few months after I’m a bit more mature and stronger, I was the smallest and one of the youngest on the course so I think that psyched me out a bit to begin with. Anyway, I’m looking forward to improving myself and hopefully passing my next prmc in August, I’ll be 18 by then so hopefully a bit more mature too, thanks for reading my massive post and all the best in PRMC, training and after you pass out.
     
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  2. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    Thanks for writing up the diary. The diaries about what went wrong are just as valuable—perhaps more so—than others.

    You'll smash it next time. Clearly you've got the self-awareness to have insight into perceived weaknesses which need attention. Take on board the advice you were given and strive to exceed every element next time. Let us know how you get on.
     
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  3. lightladdie16

    lightladdie16 New Member

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    Will do, after I can feel my legs again I’m getting straight into smashing phys until August and hopefully passing prmc, I had a great time overall and I’m excited to go back
     
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  4. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    If you haven't already seen it Arny's Plan has helped many forum users pass PRMC:

    https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/fitness-help.104425/#post-623515

    Leg shredding hill sprints and simple bodyweight squats maxed out to failure will also put strength into your legs.
     
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  5. blindman3004

    blindman3004 Member

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    Kudos for joining at 17. I certainly couldn't! Use this fail as fuel to smash it next time! Defo recommend Arnys plan.

    Fireman carries can be difficult if you haven't practiced them lot! If you can ask the heaviest mate you know and practice 200m fireman carries with them after a running session. This will definitely build up your legs! Did you have trouble with the other carries? i.e. the Baby Carries, casualty drags etc,? If so I would practice them aswell as much as possible especially after good session to try replicate the fatigued state you would be in.

    Fintan circuits really work well for building leg strength. I used to practice up a hill so, 20 press-ups then race up a hill and back then 20 burpees race up a hill and back etc.. etc..
     
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  6. lightladdie16

    lightladdie16 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I’ll definitely practice them all and try not to pack it in next time
     
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