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Gathered loads of info from this site, really cracking site. I must say though there is certain things about the Marines that's sort of put me off.

1. Most lads seem to be going to 43 which doesn't sound to good by what I've seen, even though I'm only in Glasgow I wouldn't fancy being behind the wire and not looking likely to deploy anywhere.

2. The SQs I would like AE, HW, I never see myself getting on those courses and possibly end up getting pinged. I would also like AS or LC but again luck of the draw thing.

3. Getting drafted is something I'm not sure about, maybe I'd like a change but what If I love where I am and what I'm doing.

It's not all negative I love the fact you can specialise in different areas if you want to and gain some useful qualifications/certificates for civvy street. Getting the right unit you want with the right SQ sure does seem like the dream job, getting the coveted green lid, and many other reasons.

I'm going Paras now just as it feels a bit more for me personally. Sorry If I've came across as a negative *text deleted* just these reasons have changed my future path is all.
 

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Gathered loads of info from this site, really cracking site. I must say though there is certain things about the Marines that's sort of put me off.

1. Most lads seem to be going to 43 which doesn't sound to good by what I've seen, even though I'm only in Glasgow I wouldn't fancy being behind the wire and not looking likely to deploy anywhere.

2. The SQs I would like AE, HW, I never see myself getting on those courses and possibly end up getting pinged. I would also like AS or LC but again luck of the draw thing.

3. Getting drafted is something I'm not sure about, maybe I'd like a change but what If I love where I am and what I'm doing.

It's not all negative I love the fact you can specialise in different areas if you want to and gain some useful qualifications/certificates for civvy street. Getting the right unit you want with the right SQ sure does seem like the dream job, getting the coveted green lid, and many other reasons.

I'm going Paras now just as it feels a bit more for me personally. Sorry If I've came across as a negative *text deleted* just these reasons have changed my future path is all.
A service life is what you make of it, you could get *text deleted* draftings in the Para’s, only as nothing is going on doesn’t mean you can’t personally develop yourself.

Being at 43 in spare time you can crack on with open uni given it’s a 2 year ping at least if memory serves me right, don’t quote me.

Just think about each choice wisely you might go Para and regret that choice and think hmm maybe commando would have been better, you can’t decide on what people chit chat, as personal experience and expectations always change.

Food for thought, DM some serving lads and you can get a broader aspect. Don’t just read.
 

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I’m at 43 and I’m from Edinburgh and I love it. As said above It is what you make it. Also I know a number of lads here that have put in for HW and AE and got it. Just make sure you put it in your JPA the moment you pass out.

If you want to DM me and pick my brains, you’re more than welcome.
 

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All valid points!

All id say is the waiting lists for the likes of HW and LC are not long at all. Within a year potentially if you speak to the right people. And armoured support are hanging out for lads from what I've heard.

But yer fair one. Your decision
 

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3. Getting drafted is something I'm not sure about, maybe I'd like a change but what If I love where I am and what I'm doing.
Stating the obvious here but the phrase 'service career' implies that service ultimately takes priority over personal choices.

I'm years out of date but there are a few serving Paras on the forum. @Wings might offer an opinion if he spots this.
Meanwhile, best of luck and let us know how you get on.
 

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The ping is a big risk for me, but you can always change SQ and do something different which is a big pull to the Marines for me no other branch of the forces does that I don't think.

A big reason to serve is to go away and hopefully get on ops, if I get 43 would I get that? If I go Paras would I get fed up with doing infantry all the time after while and then wished I went Marines as I could change things? Plenty to think about.
 

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Gathered loads of info from this site, really cracking site. I must say though there is certain things about the Marines that's sort of put me off.

1. Most lads seem to be going to 43 which doesn't sound to good by what I've seen, even though I'm only in Glasgow I wouldn't fancy being behind the wire and not looking likely to deploy anywhere.

2. The SQs I would like AE, HW, I never see myself getting on those courses and possibly end up getting pinged. I would also like AS or LC but again luck of the draw thing.

3. Getting drafted is something I'm not sure about, maybe I'd like a change but what If I love where I am and what I'm doing.

It's not all negative I love the fact you can specialise in different areas if you want to and gain some useful qualifications/certificates for civvy street. Getting the right unit you want with the right SQ sure does seem like the dream job, getting the coveted green lid, and many other reasons.

I'm going Paras now just as it feels a bit more for me personally. Sorry If I've came across as a negative *text deleted* just these reasons have changed my future path is all.
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43 isn’t a bad draft, it’s got some perks and all the lads I worked with had a good foundation of skills and drills. They sometimes deploy too. And you don’t stay there forever. You can change billets 2-4 years.

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So what it’s a luck of the draw? I have seen lads get SQs without Pings and their 1st preference. The paras barely have an SQs and you will be stuck being an infantryman for 4 years or so in the same section.

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Getting drafted is part of being in the military. You suck it up and you deal with it. If your lucky with an SQ and have a decent chain of command you can stay at a unit you like for quite some time. I know lads that were 45 for 6-8 years.

Join the paras all you want but you will be stuck in the same section, doing the same infantry job for years, it soon gets boring. There’s barely an SQs in the paras, and hardly anyone is getting jumps for your wings. You will be called a “penguin” and be on “sprog routine” until you get them, which could take a long time.
You will only deploy to Kenya, if that maybe the USA. The Corps offers a much better and varied career for travelling.
 

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43 isn’t a bad draft, it’s got some perks and all the lads I worked with had a good foundation of skills and drills. They sometimes deploy too. And you don’t stay there forever. You can change billets 2-4 years.

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So what it’s a luck of the draw? I have seen lads get SQs without Pings and their 1st preference. The paras barely have an SQs and you will be stuck being an infantryman for 4 years or so in the same section.

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Getting drafted is part of being in the military. You suck it up and you deal with it. If your lucky with an SQ and have a decent chain of command you can stay at a unit you like for quite some time. I know lads that were 45 for 6-8 years.

Join the paras all you want but you will be stuck in the same section, doing the same infantry job for years, it soon gets boring. There’s barely an SQs in the paras, and hardly anyone is getting jumps for your wings. You will be called a “penguin” and be on “sprog routine” until you get them, which could take a long time.
You will only deploy to Kenya, if that maybe the USA. The Corps offers a much better and varied career for travelling.
Very detailed response cheers, If I got bored I'd try out for 1 para or maybe even pathfinders but again its all infantry, which I can't see myself enjoying for my whole career.
 

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Very detailed response cheers, If I got bored I'd try out for 1 para or maybe even pathfinders but again its all infantry, which I can't see myself enjoying for my whole career.
The ping can easily be avoided, the courses you have said your interested in do not have huge waiting lists at all. The day you pass training put in for a SQ and stick to it. The fact you might give pathfinders or SFSG a go if you get bored of infantry life says to me that you need to have a think about what you actually want.
 

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I've been back and forth between the Marines and Paras. Although from what I've learned in this thread and talking to other lads. The points I've made aren't really bad 43 doesn't actually sound bad at all if i'm honest. The ping can be avoided and if I do get pinged crack on and possibly promote faster or maybe be at the top of the list in 2 years time for an SQ I want.

All the being said does the Marines suit me more, actually I think it does.
 

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I've been back and forth between the Marines and Paras. Although from what I've learned in this thread and talking to other lads. The points I've made aren't really bad 43 doesn't actually sound bad at all if i'm honest. The ping can be avoided and if I do get pinged crack on and possibly promote faster or maybe be at the top of the list in 2 years time for an SQ I want.

All the being said does the Marines suit me more, actually I think it does.
43 isn’t bad at all, lots of range time with the C8, behind the wire = extra cash. Your on a rotation system so you can plan your holidays in advance and get cheaper flights which means more spending money. The ping is 2yrs then your at the top of the SQ waiting list you desire, or as you say promote faster if you stick to your ping SQ.

From what I can tell the paras are career managed by higher command so they don’t have to think for them self’s. Where as the Marines expect you to tell them what you want to do in your career so essentially big boys rules.
 

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43 isn’t bad at all, lots of range time with the C8, behind the wire = extra cash. Your on a rotation system so you can plan your holidays in advance and get cheaper flights which means more spending money. The ping is 2yrs then your at the top of the SQ waiting list you desire, or as you say promote faster if you stick to your ping SQ.

From what I can tell the paras are career managed by higher command so they don’t have to think for them self’s. Where as the Marines expect you to tell them what you want to do in your career so essentially big boys rules.
Marines it is. :D
 

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Jump courses are now every 2 months so its not long. There are 'specializations' you can do so its not just infantry rifleman maybe not as diverse as Marines. I dont know I dont look into the Marines courses.
I wouldnt apply for either unless your hearts set on 1 100% you wouldnt make either if your not wanting it all the way.
 

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I’m at 43 and I’m from Edinburgh and I love it. As said above It is what you make it. Also I know a number of lads here that have put in for HW and AE and got it. Just make sure you put it in your JPA the moment you pass out.

If you want to DM me and pick my brains, you’re more than welcome.
My son is at 43 an he seems happy there also :)
 
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