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MTache

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Hi there, was wondering if anyone can help me out with a few questions regarding RMR Mersey and Bristol.

Currently applying for Mersey detachment however i work in Bristol so depending on lockdown and Rona will depend on which detachment i train at for the 15 months.

1.In terms of quantity, is there a limit as to how many candidates can join a troop and if so is anyone able to provide an update on Mersey or Bristol intakes currently? (I.e if there is spaces still)

2.Probably has been asked a few times also but is there any updates as to when the training would start for either, i was told at an open event that they have staggered schedules in the north and south but assuming they have both been postponed?

3.When considering applications is it more of a first come (Who meets the entry requirements) basis or who's best qualified and ready for the job/training?

4. Any major differences between Mersey and Bristol, i've visited Merseys location and been on site. Seems really well equipped. Bristols detachment i've ran past multiple times on daily jogs but never really managed to have a look inside. (Note this isn't really a factor for me more just curiosity, i have no doubt the training will be to a equal standard)

Thank you in advance for any response, and thank you for the wealth of knowledge already on this forum.
 

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1) there may well be a limit however this has never been reached. Troops of up to 50 lads have been known. They soon get whittled down and it’s very much a numbers game.

2) Bristol did use to start their training around April time and it looks like training evolutions have been happening - though don’t quote me. Best bet is to call the HQs.

3) Applications - if you meet the requirements you will be put forward to do the next stage of the application, pass that - you go on to the next stage and on and on until you pass your commando tests. This question is more appropriate as a trained rank looking for deployment - that’s a first come first serve (with the quals needed) and if your face fits - in my opinion.

4) I’ve never visited Mersey - different dets have different facilities. Eg Cardiff was limited but now has a state of the art facilities including 30ft ropes. From memory Mersey is quite a new facility, where as Bristol Det is in a building from the 1800s. That said it has the facilities needed. The only difference - which might be different now is training locations. Bristol historically used Woodbury and areas in the South West. Whereas Mersey train(ed) in their neck of the woods -name escapes me.

it’s important to remember that all units/dets have the skills/facilities to gets lads through training *if* the “lad” have the right mindset and commitment.

another consideration not covered is the SQ of the unit. Mersey specialise in Mortars and Bristol Heavy Weapons (Tk). Both units will have a door into LC
 

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Appreciate the quick response, and for covering all my questions and some.

1. I know applications have been up 80% in the forces so wasn't sure if this would directly affect the intake for RMR as i suppose it's a different type of commitment time wise for training.

2. Yeah i had a chat with the recruiters line but sadly they couldn't give me any dates and just said it up in the air at the moment. Will keep an eye on here though and potentially call in a month or so.

3. Understandably, as you said in Q1 the training is a filter in itself. One of my goals would be ships force protection/boarding operations, in terms of getting the right quals for such a role in 42 would this require anything specific?

4. Mersey seemed really up to date in terms of facilities. They had a 30ft wall, rope hang and some other assault course sections from what i can remember. Currently for my personal circumstance the detachment i can get into will play a part in where i move to after lockdown.

100%

I haven't really looked into specialisations as of yet, i guess i'll take what i can get. Having said that i didn't know this so today has been a school day as they say.
The focus for me has more been the training itself and what i can do now to get ready for it should i pass the application process. Any tips would be appreciated?
 
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2.Probably has been asked a few times also but is there any updates as to when the training would start for either, i was told at an open event that they have staggered schedules in the north and south but assuming they have both been postponed?
As far as I’m aware Bristol RMR’s training always commenced around April. This year it was delayed until September (a little earlier if you include RROP). I’ve recently spoken to Bristol RMR regarding this and they’ve mentioned that next year’s troop will start at the same time as this year’s, with RROP likely to commence around July/August.

I’m not aware of what other facilities Bristol RMR have, although from memory I do know that they have ropes set up for performing climbs and regains, as well as a small gym frame for pull ups/squats etc.
 

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1) there may well be a limit however this has never been reached. Troops of up to 50 lads have been known. They soon get whittled down and it’s very much a numbers game.

2) Bristol did use to start their training around April time and it looks like training evolutions have been happening - though don’t quote me. Best bet is to call the HQs.

3) Applications - if you meet the requirements you will be put forward to do the next stage of the application, pass that - you go on to the next stage and on and on until you pass your commando tests. This question is more appropriate as a trained rank looking for deployment - that’s a first come first serve (with the quals needed) and if your face fits - in my opinion.

4) I’ve never visited Mersey - different dets have different facilities. Eg Cardiff was limited but now has a state of the art facilities including 30ft ropes. From memory Mersey is quite a new facility, where as Bristol Det is in a building from the 1800s. That said it has the facilities needed. The only difference - which might be different now is training locations. Bristol historically used Woodbury and areas in the South West. Whereas Mersey train(ed) in their neck of the woods -name escapes me.

it’s important to remember that all units/dets have the skills/facilities to gets lads through training *if* the “lad” have the right mindset and commitment.

another consideration not covered is the SQ of the unit. Mersey specialise in Mortars and Bristol Heavy Weapons (Tk). Both units will have a door into LC
Do you know what Tynes specialisation is?
 

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Aside from wandering about town in a freezing blizzard while wearing a t-shirt and muttering about southern softies? :)

Just kidding. Hopefully an adult will give a sensible answer.
Slightly exaggerated, if it's a freezing blizzard we might wear a long sleeved shirt ;)
 

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I’m not aware of what other facilities Bristol RMR have, although from memory I do know that they have ropes set up for performing climbs and regains, as well as a small gym frame for pull ups/squats etc
Awesome cheers bud.
As for Bristol i'm sure they put Clifton Downs Hills to good use haha
 

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@CarrotOrStick

Wondered if you could please answer a few question about the RMR:

-What is the current joining and training process like given covid-19?
-On average how long is the training process and how frequent is the RFCC?
-What does a weekend exercise look like?
-What was your path to RMR Officer like?

Thanks!
 

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As far as I’m aware Bristol RMR’s training always commenced around April. This year it was delayed until September (a little earlier if you include RROP). I’ve recently spoken to Bristol RMR regarding this and they’ve mentioned that next year’s troop will start at the same time as this year’s, with RROP likely to commence around July/August.

I’m not aware of what other facilities Bristol RMR have, although from memory I do know that they have ropes set up for performing climbs and regains, as well as a small gym frame for pull ups/squats etc.
I’m soon to have my vPJFT as part of my application to RMR Bristol (Lympstone det). Would this mean I’m likely to be waiting until July/August 2021 for the next intake ?
 

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@CarrotOrStick

Wondered if you could please answer a few question about the RMR:

-What is the current joining and training process like given covid-19?
-On average how long is the training process and how frequent is the RFCC?
-What does a weekend exercise look like?
-What was your path to RMR Officer like?

Thanks!

1. I’m not sure. But less Face to Face and more virtual interviews etc.

2. RFCC is once a year. Training process takes approximately a year but can take longer with back trooping/injuries.

3. Weekend Ex you rock up to your Det, they transport you to the relevant training area, you do said weekend, then travel back to the Det on the Sunday and head home from the Det. Some weekends might be programme as a long weekend.

4. I’m not sure of the official path but from what I gather; Pass RMR Recruit training, enquire about Officer, sit Admiralty board, hopefully pass then join a batch for Officer weekend training while fulfilling admin roles for the Det.
 

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@CarrotOrStick

Wondered if you could please answer a few question about the RMR:

-What is the current joining and training process like given covid-19?
-On average how long is the training process and how frequent is the RFCC?
-What does a weekend exercise look like?
-What was your path to RMR Officer like?

Thanks!

1. Joining process is in the hands of the AFCO's not the Units. As you will be aware the VPJFT can be conducted remotely so that is going on as usual. In terms of RROP, this is operating before each troop begins and to give you an example, three were run for the most recent troop that began training this year.

2. Training process is 18 months now and RFCC frequency is twice annually. Be aware the RFCC is now the final part of training (gone are the days of Phase 2 Marines / Recruits). There are also options to integrate with regular troops. Do not be overthinking the end of the pipeline at this stage, the unit will work with you to ensure you get as far as you are capable of going.

3. TPA covers it nicely.

4. RMR YO Pipeline normally looks like this... RMR Recruit training -> (highly encouraged / expected) Mobilisation to Regular Corps -> Unit Board -> POC -> AIB -> Commission.

As TPA mentions, the role of an RMR Officer can be quite administrative but there is scope to make of it what you will. Important to note, the RMR Officer pool is mainly comprised of ex-regulars (usually 1 RMR Corps Commission per year) and predominantly offers unique skillsets to both the Corps and wider Defence.
 
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