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Rob Wallace

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So,

I am torn between RM and Para....

I am seriously leaning towards RM, purely because i am told that marines quite often do parachute training.

1. So whats the protocol with this, do you have to be brilliant during Officer Training... or do you just apply?.

Any insight would much appreciated.

2. Also on a secondary note... i just read on the Army Rumour service that apparently Royal Marines are given their specialisations instead of getting a choice?

Any insight.....

Thanks Again

Rob
 

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For your interest I believe that the last major air assault was performed by Royal Marines in Iraq 2003, they were first into combat in the Al Faw peninsular.
 

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For your interest I believe that the last major air assault was performed by Royal Marines in Iraq 2003, they were first into combat in the Al Faw peninsular.

Thanks Mate,

Cheers for that bit of info. RM is looking like its the way
 

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RM FTW!

The RMs are placed where the corps needs them, however you are able to say what you would like to do, and i believe if you are given a placement you are unhappy with or did not want generally the rule of thumb is that the next one you get will be one you applied for. That is what i have been told at any rate.

As for getting your wings i believe as long as you show a good aptitude and put yourself forward you are allowed to go for the course.

Hope that helps.
 

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You can go either way, as a Para officer you can do the All Arms Commando Course, and as a RM Officer you can do your P Company. Also about the last air asusalt by Royal Marine sin 2003, i think if you read 3 Para, there is one battle where they helicopter into direct combat.

At the end of the day everyone id going to be biased, i for one want to be a Para officer, but most on this site will say RM.
 
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Some of the above is absolute rubbish.
An RM Officer can easily get his wings if he does a job which requires it such as a MAOT (Mobile Air Ops Team). Because we are RM Officers we can pretty much apply to do the Para Course provided your OC will give you the time to do it. You do not have to do P Company, you just turn up and do the jumps. Due to the fact that we are a specialised infantry unit we can get jumps courses relatively easy.
It is rare to get told that you are going to do a specialisation, I have never heard of it happening. You choose your spec when you want to as a Capt.

If a Para wants his Green Beret he has to do the full All Arms Commando Course, and even then, he can only wear his Green lid whilst serving with 3 Commmando Brigade. An RM Officer can wear his wings with his Commando Flashs for the rest of his career.
Don't forget if you go into Sandhurst and it doesn't work out so well, you may well not even become a Para Officer.
Green Beret, Commando Flashs and Jumps wings.... The way forward!
 

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Seems i got my facts wrong. I thought everyone had to do P Coy to get their wings.
 

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Thanks for the input,

At the moment i am seriously thinking Royal Marine, I actually just seem to associate myself with the marines more. I have no idea why, the only person in my family to have any military experience was in the army.

I would definately want to do the parachute course.
 

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From what I understand is, having already undertaken the commando course which counts are 'arduous', they will not have to do the test week (also arduous) but only the jumps.

Though a Para doing the commando course would do the whole thing I think.
 

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dont *text deleted* sound like a knobber but non commissioned royal marines still get to choose there specialisation right?
 
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Yes, but you must choose it within about two years after leaving Lympstone or you run the risk of being told you are going on a spec course. The Corps needs Chefs and Signallers which are generally less popular options but you only have to do these jobs for a little while before getting an option of your choice. The lesson is that you must manage your career from the day you leave Lympstone.
 
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