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Hi, i am thinking of joining the RMR while i am at uni, i am at uni at Buckinghamshire uni in High Wycombe. I just have a few questions;

Where is my nearest station that i will go to?

Also could some one explain the training process to me?

At one point was going to join the TA Royal Welch but when they sent me away on training weekends they messed up both times by not sending my information down meaning i wasn't allowed to take part in anything for insurance reasons and i wasn't even meant to be standing in the base it's self, on the second time they nearly never even took me home. So after deciding the army couldn't organise a piss up in a bewery i am putting my faith in the Royal Marines and hope to join the full timers after finnishing uni. :blush:
 

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That's pretty much exactly what i'll be doing mate.

There is a thread on uni here: http://www.prmc.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1083

Training I believe is split up to weekends. You must attend every Wednesday? or Monday can't remember which day it is for phys. Several weekends a month.

best bet is check out www.royalmarines.mod.uk and head to the RMR section, all the info is nicely split up there and there are map locations of the RMR detachments around the UK.

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Hello mate,

From High Wycombe (if i'm thinking of the right place) I'd probably say that Henley was your best bed for a place to go, which is attached to London. Unfortunately or fortunately for you, the selection weekend was this weekend so the next one will probably be in or around Sept 08. Don't quote me on that.

Training (in henley) before passing selection is holding troop every tuesday night about 2 months prior to selection, then its every tuesday night with approx 1 or 2 weekends per month on exercise.

If you want any more info just ask.

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So for the RMR you dont have to do the full 6 months then do the week night and weekends etc? If not how long does the training take to pass as a Reserve and get your beret?, it it the same length of time spread over or 6 months of 1 weeknight and weekends each week for a certain period?

Also after you have done it for a few years say could you transfer to full time or would you have to do the full 6 months training? Cheers!
 

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Hello mate,

Training should take between 12 and 18 months, thats every tuesday/wednesday night depending on where you went and approx one/two weekends a month. Plus you have a two week exercise at the end of each phase of training. technically the whole thing should take 12 months provided you're not back trooped or injured. There are unit holidays during that time - Easter, Summer and Christmas.

If you wanted to do it for a few years and then go full time, I believe you can do that and don't have to re do the 32 week training. Once you've got the green lid you've got it! Not sure if you can do proper full time, but you can certainly sign up for 2 years. Could be wrong though.

Hope that helps.

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Yeh the predicament im in is that I *text deleted* be a Marine more than anything but amd torn bewteen doing that and doing an apprentiship so i can get a trade, id rather do the marine life but I suppose its just that cold feet of what to do after and if i get and injured and am out im back to square one sort of thing ya know. So I was just wondering if I could technically do both. I just thought of a few more qurstions if anyone has the time to please...

1. Do they do the full commando tests as in the normal RM Selection, I would assume they do.

2. Do you have to do a PRMC beforehand to? (I would Assume So).

3. If you can transfer from Reserve to Full time down the line would you join a RM Unit and be able to do what everyone else does and not be penalised for being a former reserve? Becuase if there were technicalities about being able to get in and what u can and cant do, it may be a pain...

4. How are the Reserves seen by the normal Full Time Marines, are they as respected as any other or seen as weekend Warriors?... Im sure they wouldbe respected as they are a Marine, but just general questions...
 

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Yeah I know what you mean, there is a 17 year old lad in our Det who is doing exactly what you're talking about, he's doing an apprentiship in plumbing whilst doing the RMR training, he seems to be getting on fine. I think the key thing to remember is that you will have to put a lot of commitment in and you need to make sure the guy you're doing it with is okay with you having time off etc.

As for the questions -

Yes its the same commando tasks with the same timings etc

You don't do a PRMC, you do a selection weekend at the Unit hq (london for instance). You pretty much do the same sort of stuff, the only thing I can see you miss out on is the Assault course.

Not 100% sure on the answer to qu3, I'd say that there wouldn't be any difficulties in doing what it is you want to do, don't forget you can specialise in the RMR so you may have already made your choice.

As far as what the regs think, every reg I've met that has seen what the RMR guys have to go through is impressed at what we do and how much commitment we have to make. Also, the majority of them openly admit they probably couldn't go through what we are. Also, its been noted that when RMR get deployed and fight next to regs, there is no visible difference in the men. So whilst you might get some stick about it, it'll be friendly banter as at the end of the day you're both trained to the same standard!

Cheers

Matt
 

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Hmmm sounds good, cheers for the info, im *text deleted* have to have a think about what to do as i prolly wont find out if i got the apprentiship till like the end of march so I will have to decide pretty soon, Im pretty unsure what the best thing to do would be, I hate decisions like this :D, Im 20 now so i need to make a career path and go with it, either way ill give it 110% an want to be in the marines so I have just got to decide which way to go about it, als ofind out if the apprentiship would let me go etc...
 

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I got my information pack through the post today. If it is true that i have missed the selection weekend untill September i am gutted as i really wanted to get the ball rolling, oh well i will just ring up the Henley unit later on today to find out when i can start! :D

Any on this site from Henley unit?

Jay
 

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Yeah I am, best bet is to phone the London HQ as no one is in the Henley unit full time. Training is on Tuesday nights so if you're close by it might be an idea to rock up and get shown around.

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Well the nearest one to me is Lympstone Commando where they do the main training for the marines, which is like 35 minutes away, may be worth popping in and seeing how things work etc.
 
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