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REME or RM?

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Gendum, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Gendum

    Gendum New Member

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    My focus has always been the army and more recently REME as I want to be an armourer but recently I have been thinking about the Marines and now I don’t know from what I have seen I could do much more in the marines but I could join REME and do the AACC abut what’s the point doing that I might as well just join the marines?!
     
  2. Corvo50

    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    Or you could be a armourer or veichle mechanic in the Royal Marines
     
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  3. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Welcome lad.

    You have to look at the roles you will want to do.
    Do you want more in-depth technical training/job?
    Do you want pointy stuff and a green lid?

    If you want a more technical side, join REME.
    You will be open to more technical training and roles, but you will do less of the pointy soldiering stuff.
    All Arms Commando Course is not a given, it’s not an easy billet to get, its over subscribed, it’s a popular choice, and the turnover and promotion is slow due to lads staying in those billets.
    It’s not whether you want the AACC, it’s whether the Army and REME need you to have it.

    If you want the pointy stuff and a green lid, join RM. Its a surefire way to get a green lid and do the Commando course.
    Once you have passed out there is a chance to get a specialisation as an Armourer or other technical roles. But on a scale of things, the SQs are generally slightly less technical than the dedicated Army roles. But still in-depth and offer good qualifications and a role.

    So, what do you want more, pointy stuff or technical stuff?

    Bear in mind it will be easier to transfer from the RM, to a Pongo unit, than vice versa. If you have had your fill of pointy stuff.
     
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  4. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    You “could” be an armourer or VM in the corps. There has just been a massive thread about specialisations you should probably read...

    You will be an armourer or VM in the army with the possibility of doing all arms.
     
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  5. dodgyknees

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    Decide what is more important to you. REME armourers will not, as a general rule, complete AACC as the billets within 3 Cdo Bde are filled by RM.

    As such, if you want a green lid I'd suggest you join the RM.
     
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  6. sy_lume

    sy_lume Royal Marines Commando

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    Or you could join the Reme and know you will be an armourer/VM instead of getting pinged for something else
     
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  7. Gendum

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    Honestly between ‘pointy stuff’ and the technical stuff I don’t prefere one over the other they both interest me
     
  8. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    At your stated age of 17 the world really is your lobster. May I ask what particularly draws you to being an armourer?
     
  9. Wings

    Wings Parachute Regiment

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    Go Army you can do both Army commando course and the All arms p company
     
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  10. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    If the job is more important in the long term go for the job mate
     
  11. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Let’s not get all bitter.....
    Only if there is a billet.

    I would argue do the Corps first, then transfer to another branch of the Forces.

    It’s the only surefire way to end up with a green lid.
     
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  12. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    There was a green lid REME guy on my Para course. He was attached to 45, as part of Brigade Air Squadron. Everyone knew when he was arriving or leaving as he used to run his car on Avgas! He considered it a perk of the job. Pusser may have had other ideas!

    Alan
     
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  13. Ninja_Stoker

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    That brings a wry smile - avgas is pretty much high octane paraffin and has none of the fuel additives required for cylinder lubrication in piston engines - consequently it burns hot and dirty. This knackers the valve guides, valve stems & can cause the cylinder rings to score the barrels.

    Bargain.
     
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  14. Corvo50

    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    A para recruiting people to the army on a Royal Marines forum *sits back and smirks* :D
     
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    Can, but won't.
     
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  16. dodgyknees

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    Back in the real world...

    The whole point of going on P Coy and / or AACC is to serve in support of the respective Bdes (3 Cdo Bde or 16 AA Bde), not to collect badges so you can look like a cub scout. You have no credibility whatsoever if you go on the course, get a badge and then fail to serve with the Bde.

    A green lid or wings are not an end in themselves, they show that you are capable of operating at the lowest level in support of airborne or amphibious forces. You must then build on that basic knowledge level to become competent in your own field to provide the best possible support to troops operating in these environments, not swan off to get another badge.

    Anyhow, rant over.
     
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  17. Wings

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    Well I see a lot of people daily with both never heard anyone say they are badge collectors once.
    Sit and smirk how you like I am not trying to recruit anybody. Ill help every potential Para I can as we dont have a forum and doubt we ever will. It was a suggestion that I have seen people do. Some people do the courses for the experience like French commando or jumping different nationalities
     
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  18. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Mate it wasn’t a dig. Calm the beans.

    The problem is, even if you want to do something for the experience, the military has to justify it.
    The lads with both aren’t badge collectors, they are just lucky enough to be in the position to have done both, because the Military deemed it necessary.

    It’s not a case of doing all the courses you want, then it becomes about badge collecting.



    Oh and remind me again when the last time the Paras jumped.... the Second World War?
    Was it not the RAF Regiment that jumped into Seirra Leonne...?

    :D:cool:
     
  19. Chelonian

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    Back in the day many blokes did foreign jumps courses. French, German and US were the most common. We were permitted to wear one set of foreign wings above the right chest pocket of our smocks.

    To be honest, the jumps course was usually squeezed into the brief interlude between the end of a joint ex and the major brawl after the PU.

    French wings look just like an ornament for a Christmas tree. Which is what my own has been used for since about 1980.
     
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  20. Wings

    Wings Parachute Regiment

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    Christ how many times ive heard the Rifles or the PWRR say this to us as an insult is astonishing
     
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