questions about ranks in the royal marines?

ak256

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Firstly Hi everybody!

I have recently (over the past 4-5 months) developed an interest in the Royal marines, and would like to join as an officer once i've finished Uni.

I was just wandering what the main differences are between an officer, and an 'other rank'. I mean in terms of: roles, responsibilities, training.

For example; do officers just sit behind their desks all day giving orders and filling out paper work?

Also, in your oppinion, would you rather be an officer or an other rank?

Cheers for your help!! :noob:

P.S just thought i'd say this is a really helpful forum, cheers for providing it!
 

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its quite the opposite mate, they are there with the lower ranks all the way. Even through training as well, you will do all the tests and more.

I have'nt signed up for officer by the way
 

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Firstly Hi everybody!

I have recently (over the past 4-5 months) developed an interest in the Royal marines, and would like to join as an officer once i've finished Uni.

I was just wandering what the main differences are between an officer, and an 'other rank'. I mean in terms of: roles, responsibilities, training.

For example; do officers just sit behind their desks all day giving orders and filling out paper work?

Also, in your oppinion, would you rather be an officer or an other rank?

Cheers for your help!! :noob:

P.S just thought i'd say this is a really helpful forum, cheers for providing it!

As far as I know,
Officers are at the front,
you won't be sat in a tent sipping tea and talking over a radio,
you'll be getting shot at like the men you're leading.

The training is pretty bloody long I think,
because you first have to do the 32 weeks,
then do officer training.

And personally I'm not joining as an officer,
as I just don't see myself as that type of person,
would prefer to start from the bottom,
and then be granted NCO ranks as I progress,
but I think the choice is just opinion,
you're best off reading about the Officer role and then deciding whether that's for you.

Joe
 

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The officer training is 15 months long. Because of the nature of the training and that only 10% of the marines are officers it means that you will be in a front line unit until you are quite high up. Commandos lead by example, the officer do what everyone else does and more.
 

helliwell

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Firstly Hi everybody!

I have recently (over the past 4-5 months) developed an interest in the Royal marines, and would like to join as an officer once i've finished Uni.

I was just wandering what the main differences are between an officer, and an 'other rank'. I mean in terms of: roles, responsibilities, training.

For example; do officers just sit behind their desks all day giving orders and filling out paper work?

Also, in your oppinion, would you rather be an officer or an other rank?

Cheers for your help!! :noob:

P.S just thought i'd say this is a really helpful forum, cheers for providing it!

if you are interested in the role your best bet is to have a walk down to your local AFCO or just pick up one of the leaflets/booklets they send out for free with all the info you will need.

marine officers ALL train along side the marines and have to perform the same commando training *but they have to do it with better times than the men, i think for the 30 mile yomp for example its 7 hours for officers as apposed to the 8 hours for an enlisted man??? but im not sure on that...."

the marines website (link at top left of the forum) will have a LOT of info for you and contact numbers that you can use.

and the job you would be doing would depend on your specilisation etc. but from what i gather all marines and officers perform the 1 year general duties before going on to specialise.
 

ak256

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Thanks for the advice, ive got loads of questions about the RMs, so I think I will probabely get in touch with my local AFCO.

I think my biggest worry would be that I'd sign up, finish selection and training - only to end up sitting behind a desk for however many years giving orders and filling out forms *text deleted*

Thanks again!
 

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