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Morning all,

I'm extremely tempted to convert from the reserves into the regulars but there are a few things holding me back at the minute. Regardless, I have a few queries which if someone could advise me with, it would be really appreciated:

1. Is a PRMC(R) pass a like for like with a regular PRMC meaning if the reserve one is passed, I wouldn't have to do another one with the regulars and I could go straight into RT?

2. I've recently bought a house with my girlfriend and she's concerned about living arrangements once RT is complete. I appreciate it's a long way off, but it's still a big discussion point before deciding. Do marines live on site and remain at their specific unit, or do some own their personal ones too?

3. Sounds very niave, but how involved do Officers get? I've always preferred the idea of OR but I think that's mainly down to the lack of knowledge to what the Officers actually do. I completely appreciate it's not about the money, but going into OR RT would mean a huge salary cut that I'm unsure would be feasible for us as a couple, whereas the Officer salary would be far more manageable. I'm just weighing up my options really.

Any advise would be great. Just want to determine if the idea of the regs could be achievable or whether I just crack on with the reserves as originally planned. Thanks in advance
 

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Once you've completed RMR training (including phase 2 after you've got your lid) you can sign up for a Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) stint at a commando unit for up to 24 months. This might be a better option if you're unsure.

I think there is the opportunity to go full time from RMR, but it very much depends on your experience and specialisation - I strongly doubt you'd be able to go regs without a decent chunk of experience in the RMR. Ninja can advise on this I'm sure.

You're looking at 2 years minimum until you're fully deployable with the RMR anyway. This is assuming you don't get injured and doesn't count the time it takes to get through the application process - which could be 9 months to a year depending on when you apply and any medical delays.
 

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Appreciate the response mate - I think the FTRS could be a really good shout actually, best of both worlds. I went to my AFCO yesterday to talk it through and they said a similar thing. Thanks a lot.
 

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Morning all,

I'm extremely tempted to convert from the reserves into the regulars but there are a few things holding me back at the minute. Regardless, I have a few queries which if someone could advise me with, it would be really appreciated:

1. Is a PRMC(R) pass a like for like with a regular PRMC meaning if the reserve one is passed, I wouldn't have to do another one with the regulars and I could go straight into RT?

As far as I am aware an PRMC(R) doesn’t count and you will have to go on a PRMC, you may want to check with ninja for confirmation.

2. I've recently bought a house with my girlfriend and she's concerned about living arrangements once RT is complete. I appreciate it's a long way off, but it's still a big discussion point before deciding. Do marines live on site and remain at their specific unit, or do some own their personal ones too?

You live in camp unless you are within a set distance of the camp (30miles I think) and can be an outlier and travel in. You will be given a locker to store your gear. And won’t have a room. If you are a fair distance away from home you get a “get you home allowance”.

3. Sounds very niave, but how involved do Officers get? I've always preferred the idea of OR but I think that's mainly down to the lack of knowledge to what the Officers actually do. I completely appreciate it's not about the money, but going into OR RT would mean a huge salary cut that I'm unsure would be feasible for us as a couple, whereas the Officer salary would be far more manageable. I'm just weighing up my options really.

Officers are hands on, but in a different way. More shooty stuff as a troop boss and less so as you move up. More management, paperwork, dealing with the media, politics and tactics. If the salary is a problem it might be best sticking with RMR. The officers selection is more intense than OR, RT is longer and you have quicker times for the Commando course.

Any advise would be great. Just want to determine if the idea of the regs could be achievable or whether I just crack on with the reserves as originally planned. Thanks in advance

See my bold.
 

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Appreciate the response mate - I think the FTRS could be a really good shout actually, best of both worlds. I went to my AFCO yesterday to talk it through and they said a similar thing. Thanks a lot.

FTRS contracts are hard to come by now. But the possibility is there.
 

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Thanks a lot for the input TPA, everything you've said echoes what the careers officer advised. Officer route is out of the question now anyway since this years batch would have been my last opportunity due to my age and the deadline for applications is in the next few days and I need more time to consider things. So it's a case of OR regs vs reserves now - I'll crack on with the reserves regardless until I can actually make up my mind!
 

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Just to confirm the above, a PRMC(R) pass is not accepted in lieu of a regular service PRMC.

Similarly, so far as I'm aware, a trained rank RMR Other Rank, although they can deploy operationally as a RM trained rank in a regular service unit and undertake FTRS contracts within the Corps, must undergo recruit training from scratch if they wish to join the regular service.
 

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I've been in holding troop at RMR Bristol since september. I passed my PRMC(R) in December. Not long after I decided I wanted a career in the regs and was able to switch my application over very easily. I am going into recruit training on the 29th Jan. My AFCO was very surprised at how easy it was for me to switch over. I may have been lucky or current staffing reauirements may have helped my case (or both).

I don't have to retake PRMC as Bristol recruits take their PRMC at CTCRM and it is pretty much identical to regular PRMC and as such is regarded as having the same authenticity.

At the momemt FTRS is really being pushed and as it stands RMR trained ranks are being given the opportunity to undertake FTRS with the option to transfer to regs at the end of 2 years and without the need to go through recruit training a second time. If they choose not to stay with the regs, on return to RMR they will be given opportunity for advancement up in rank.
 

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That's good to hear. RMR London do PRMC(R) down at Lympstone too, so hopefully the same still stands for us.

Currently FTRS opportunities are being advertised in two of the commando units and the new London SgtMajor seems very keen for blokes to get involved as much as they can.

All the best with training pal.
 

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Not any more. I'll get the stats later, but applications are falling in numbers at present.

Has that change been quite rapid then? It doesn’t seem that long ago that the RMs were full to capacity!

And any ideas what’s caused this? Natutal outflow or something else?
 

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