Quit college and join marines???

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I'm 16, in my first year at college, and want to stop college now, get a job, train for the marines in my spare time and apply now so i can join later this year. my mom and dad think i would be better off finishing college (another year and a bit) because then i would have more qualifications if i want to do anything else, but i dont't i want to join the marines and nothing else.

what do you lot think i should do??:praise:
 

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Sam, you remind me exactly how I was 16, But I have to agree with your parents, finishing college wouldnt hurt anyone would it? Finish college then apply, and dependant on your grades, maybe even apply as an Officer in the Royal Marines, (which I am now doing). I would recommend this; If you have not already done so, join your local gym, go running when you can, and slowly increase your pace, buy a stopwatch and try and beat your time by 20 seconds a week. Join your local ta/RMreserve base and learn basic skills, I know that when I did my Catterick CIC with the TA that a few people who were considering apply for the marines dropped out after a few snowly days as an infantry soldier, finding that it wasnt for them. Test yourself, while getting an education, and talk it over seriously with your parents.
 

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You could look at it 1 year extra training, qualifications to fall back on. There's no reason you can't go for your PRMC before finnishing college and joining the big boys when you have that qual to fall back on!
 

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Like, I said before someone deleted my post. Finnish college, it's 1 year of extra training and it's something to fall back on if you don't like it in the Marines. Also, there's nothing stopping you doing a PRMC whilst you're still at college and starting RT when you've got that qualification!

Edit: No one deleted my post you just double posted.
 

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Have to agree as well mate. I had the same feeling half way through my degree, but at the end of the day its qualifications under your belt, of which are going to be useful when/if you decided to leave the RM before retirement.
 

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hey sam.. just to put my point in, stay and finnish college it will do you more favours in the future and the marines are still going to be there in a 2 years time. i wanted to join up through my first year at college, but had a chat with my parents and agreed that the qualifications were useful.
 

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Finish college! Even your local AFCO will tell you that. Everyone will tell you that.

Trust me, enjoy going to college and training because normal work sucks.
 

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Sam...

Before I'd say stay or go it really depends on what you are studying, can you afford to stay at college (some can't), will you be able to use the qualifications in the RM's, do you want the whole 22 year career in the RM's.

There is a lot of thing you need to take into account before completing your course or binning it. It would seem the politically correct thing to tell you to keep on your course, but only you know if it will be worth finishing anyway.

I might get slaughtered for this but if you think you have made a mistake, sometimes there is no point continuing in that mistake. I know I joined a college course straight from school without thinking about anything or what I would get from it. It just seemed natural to flow from School to College and I got caught up in it, without really thinking for myself and probably did it as my parents expected me to.

Perhaps in a year or 2 when your course has ended, the opportunity may not be there to join the RM's. You might be shacked up with some girl and have a little kiddy on the way which will make it very difficult.

I guess it all depends on what you are studying, why you are studying it, what are you wanting to gain from it and does it make you happy.

Opportunities aren't permanent!

All the best
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I might get slaughtered for this but if you think you have made a mistake, sometimes there is no point continuing in that mistake. I know I joined a college course straight from school without thinking about anything or what I would get from it. It just seemed natural to flow from School to College and I got caught up in it, without really thinking for myself and probably did it as my parents expected me to.
Everyone starts with the same intention and the exact same idea of geting the Green Beret. However statistics prove most people fail despite everyone being so enthusiastic, feeling exactly the same. That said, some hack it, some don't, sometimes the ones you think will leave often succeed and visa versa.

So on the basis on Commando: On The Front Line, 6 (or 7 I don't remember exactly) of the original troop passed out of which most left, a few got backtrooped and a few more were in Hunter Coy.

So, statistics (horrible word!) show that however determined you are if you don't have the right mindset you'll fail as do most and that a qualification to fall back on won't hurt you.

It's just my opinion but what are the chances of everyone enjoying it?
 

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Everyone starts with the same intention and the exact same idea of geting the Green Beret. However statistics prove most people fail despite everyone being so enthusiastic, feeling exactly the same. That said, some hack it, some don't, sometimes the ones you think will leave often succeed and visa versa.

So on the basis on Commando: On The Front Line, 6 (or 7 I don't remember exactly) of the original troop passed out of which most left, a few got backtrooped and a few more were in Hunter Coy.

So, statistics (horrible word!) show that however determined you are if you don't have the right mindset you'll fail as do most and that a qualification to fall back on won't hurt you.

It's just my opinion but what are the chances of everyone enjoying it?

I agree, not everyone will because its not as glamourous as it looks. Do you fancy getting out of your warm sleeping bag 3 times a night in the freezing cold to go and lay 20 yards from your basha on stag, wen all you want in the world is to go back to bed? If your doing a worth while course then stick with it because even the most enthusiastic people can break when faced with something as simple as the above. Get as much quals as you can is my advice.
 

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It's interesting when you say a qualification he could fall back on. However we still don't know what he is studying. He could be studying Global Jihad at the local Islamic School for terror or he could be studying dentistry. Depending on which he is studying will provide a response more suited on whether he should continue his education. Of course the example is very extreme but if what he is studying has no employable benefit then what's the point?

My mate spent 3 years at uni studying paleontology and couldn't find a job in 2 years. He's now in sales for some company.

All I'm saying is that we can't make a decision on this guys future from 8 lines of text that he has written on here. Qualifications are only good if they are integrated into an employment plan and a career path for which you have decided and happy with.

Remember that teachers have been telling you that qualifications are what you need to get on in life, they are telling you this from a biased point of view because they have all had to get qualifications to get to where they are. In some instances you do need them but not always.

From an employers point of view and someone who is about to employ people, I'm much more interested in what someone can do and indeed done. Eventually life will teach you it's not as simple as pass / fail exams. You might be going for a job and have all the qualifications in this world, however the other guy's Dad might know the boss and that's all it takes.

Plus whatever qualifications you get will age, especially technology qualifications.

The most important thing I always state on this debate is don't think your academic learning stops when you join the RM's. They have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in a huge new learning centre at Lympstone. They give you training grants and will teach you many general life skills.

So just to sum up, I'm not saying bin your course, it is just not as simple as yes or no. Not least in the fact that not finishing the course may give your careers officer the impression you can't stick at something.

All the best
GW
 

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Alright Sam

I was in the similar situation a few months ago,i too wanted to quit college but i was on my 2nd year. You need to think about things such as if you don't make it or life after the marines it's always good to have a back up. thats why i stuck to it i think you should to. i just passed my main exam 2nd may woo :uglyhammer: time does fly.
 

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Hi, thanks for all the advice lads. i'm studying BTEC national diploma in public services, its a two year course and i spoke to my tutor and if i finish at the end of year one i would still get a first certificate, so i wouldnt be leaving with nothing but a national diploma is much better.
 

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Hi, thanks for all the advice lads. i'm studying BTEC national diploma in public services, its a two year course and i spoke to my tutor and if i finish at the end of year one i would still get a first certificate, so i wouldnt be leaving with nothing but a national diploma is much better.
You get alot of options at the end of it so it's 100% your choice
 

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Hi, thanks for all the advice lads. i'm studying BTEC national diploma in public services, its a two year course and i spoke to my tutor and if i finish at the end of year one i would still get a first certificate, so i wouldnt be leaving with nothing but a national diploma is much better.
im doing a OCR public services uniformed national diploma course of 2 years aswell, and in my last year now. its been a waste of 2 years of my life. ok fair enough its helped with my fitness a little but thats it. i cant join as an officer and the military dont recognise those qualifications as any good.

On the other hand if your plan B is to become a police officer then stay because the qualification will help. but in all honesty the public services course is a load of bull. you will learn nothing you dont already know about the marines. nothing but Bullsh*t politics (not even current politics which is worse) and effects the public services has on social issues and rubbish like that.

i would personally tell you to drop out and do A levels because they are a more direct qualifications and all companies recognise them as good. of course other companies such as plumbing will prefer college course education.
but think about this having a public services qualification that is "EQUIVILENT" to 3 A levels will only help you get a job in the public services not inlcuding the military. so pretty much limiting you to what you have to "fall back on" and if you dont want any other public services job then your basically screwed over.

however A levels will stand you in good ground to any job, and public services plus a whole range of other jobs, bar specialist skills such as construction and plumbing where its still good to have them but you need certain qualifications and training for the jobs. plus with 3 actuall A levels you are more likely to excel in the ranks not only in the military but civvi jobs as well.

And if you are going to Ashley Down College with a tutor called Ian G*text deleted**text deleted**text deleted* then tell the fat *text deleted* to shut his mouth because he doesn't know what he's on about. he's the typical "cant do it, try and teach it instead" loser.

really though staying in education will help a lot, i wish i personally done an outdoor educations course because you do more things that will benefitor i wish i done A levels so i could be an officer. but just dont stay in that bloody public services course unless you plan on joining the police of fire and rescue service
 
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