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Quezzies for a trained rank

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Welshy, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Welshy

    Welshy Royal Marines Commando

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    It’s that time again lads,

    If anyone has any questions for a trained rank fire them my way it doesn’t just have to be corps related it can also be to do with personal issues as I know sometimes lads are too afraid to ask in relation to relationships in training and pay, leave, housing etc
     
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  2. Harry McRunFast

    Harry McRunFast Valuable Contributor

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    Hi @Welshy, thanks for this! Will be good to see what Q&A’s come in.

    Excuse my wording, as it’s kind of a tough one to articulate.

    I’m certainly not what might be considered a “tough guy” or “hard,”... I’m reasonably stoic, but I’ve had a nice upbringing, I always avoided fighting or any kind of dangerous situations/trouble.

    It’s one thing to crack a lot of phys, and be determined, but another to actually be in the thick of it, at the pointy end... I’m sure this isn’t just on my mind, and I’m trying to be delicate as I know it may be a tough subject for some; how does one know if they’re made of the right stuff to be a soldier?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    You never do.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...Iup_EhPkRpXcNthEhyARK_FsepG2bJGceYHiyC85ApWsQ

    Have a read of that article. Hes retired Shaky Boats and sums it up quite succinctly.

    'When you're put in a position where potentially if you don't act you'll lose your own life, then you have to do it. It stays with you. It's something I'm glad to leave behind.'

    soldiering is about doing things that you don't want to do. Commanding soldiers is about convincing soldiers to do what they don't want to do.

    You wont ever realise what you are or are not capable of until faced with that reality.
     
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  4. Welshy

    Welshy Royal Marines Commando

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    In response to this mate, I have the same question as I’ve never been faced with a life or death situation, couldn’t have said it better myself really, until push comes to shove you don’t but that’s why you train so when push does come to shove you’ve been outfitted with the skills to deal with whatever that situation may be
     
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  5. Harry McRunFast

    Harry McRunFast Valuable Contributor

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    @Welshy @Illustrious

    Thanks for your responses chaps.

    Something less heavy... what’s something you’ve done since passing out, that you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do if you weren’t in the corps?
     
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  6. Welshy

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    Had a static line parachuting course paid for as AT

    Got paid to go to Holland and do an exercise over there which got us a weekend off in Amsterdam toppers range packages etc

    I’ve only been at this unit like just over a year so hopefully I get a lot more things as the career progresses
     
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    A very experience-rich year by the sounds of it!
     
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    What’s the food situation down at lympstone? Is it a buffet style / eat as much as you want deal, or a portion system?
     
  9. Cheezy hammy eggy

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    My son says that when eating nod scran during RT, you have less than 5 mins to get what you can down your grid before the next detail. It is high in calorific value but not very appetizing ( his words not mine)
     
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    Cheezy hammy eggy Valuable Contributor

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    And the choice is very limited and dished out by the galley staff! :)
     
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    @Cheezy hammy eggy

    Should I make it to RT, I might have to change my username to ‘McEatFast’ then! :D
     
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    Or McDonalds/McDominoes or even McNo47 with extra egg fried o_O
     
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    McTheTurksHead for a 1990s's vintage reference. :)
     
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    I think McDutchys based on where most of our lads meagre wages seem to end up
     
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  15. Harry McRunFast

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    As long as one day it’s ‘McARINE’ I don’t care! Haha!
     
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  16. MozzaLUFC

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    Are you actually enjoying life as a trained rank?when I was in training, everyone was telling me that it was pretty dull *text deleted*
     
  17. Welshy

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    Portion system but there’s Niners when you’re a nod which believe it or not is at 2100 and it’s a help yourself deal to whatever leftover scran they have, the portion sizes are pretty good tho
     
  18. Welshy

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    Not always true, it’s very much like that at the start of training but as you get better at admin and things like that and get into the later stages of training you’re allotted more ... realistic times to eat and aye the food isn’t the best like
     
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  19. Welshy

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    The Naffi is going to be your best mate, that and the bootneck WiFi cafe
     
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  20. Welshy

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    It very much depends on your unit mate and what you do with spare time (if you have it) there’s many education courses you can do but most lads don’t bother, it can get pretty quiet sometimes at unit but that’s when I’d suggest getting into the sports teams or taking on education courses anything to improve yourself and give yourself better opportunity’s and qualifications

    but in summary mate, yeah I enjoy it for the most part sometimes I think it’s *text deleted* but hey what job isn’t, the good times outweigh the bad
     
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