Son's Pass Out

Jaycee

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Pass Out

Last week I went down to watch my son Pass Out as a Royal Marine - it was a very emotional day and one of my proudest moments.

I was so excited as we walked into CTC from the Kings Squad carpark. It was the culmination of all those hard weeks of training for my son, the endless phone calls as he went through so many highs and lows. No more worry about him jacking it in, getting injured, failing an exercise, being backtrooped, the pride and relief for me, was overwhelming.

After refreshments in the Saville Room we were shown into the Falklands Hall where the Company Sgt Major gave an amusing introduction to each member of the Training Team. Then the curtains drew back and there to resounding applause, stood the Kings Squad in their lovats. They came forward individually, to much cheering from family and friends to receive their beret's and more amusing comments from the Sgt Major, I won't mention what was said about my son but suffice to say the team obviously knew him well *text deleted*. The lads then left the stage to change into their Blues and we were shown a brief video of training.

Thankfully it was a lovely day and we were led outside to the Parade Square to await the lads. Everyone had cameras and video recorders (although it is recorded officially and you can buy the DVD).
Then the sound of marching music and the RM band led the Kings Squad onto the square. It was so emotional seeing the boys escorted in, resplendant in their Blues, the very first time you had seen them wearing it. They gave an excellent drill demonstration and then the Kings Badge and Commando Medal were presented.

Then the words they had all waited so long for "Royal Marines to your duties". To the band playing a Life on the Ocean Wave, they marched off the parade ground led by the RM band to march round camp. The tannoy announced to the camp that the Kings Squad was about to march through and everyone who was able to, came out to clap them. Then back to the Saville room for a buffet lunch and to await your boy, the photographer had all the photos ordered by the boys - parents take plenty of money haha, because without fail it seemed to be us collecting and paying for these *text deleted*.

Then the lads still in their Blues slowly bimbled in - how long does it take to remove your white cap and put on your green beret?? It was the first time you get to see your lad up close, hug him and tell him face to face how proud you are. Time now to eat, have a drink, take more photos and chat with your boy, his mates and the training team. The alcohol flowed (for some *text deleted*) and the afternoon raced by, we were fortunate to be able to watch Sports Day on the Bottom Field from the balcony too. Then time for goodbyes to all their mates and off to collect the mountain of belongings they seem to have accumulated during their time down there. It took forever to get through camp, it felt like they knew everyone and were constantly stopped and congratulated.

It was a fantastic, amazing day, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. How it must have felt for those 46 lads passing out is probably hard for them to put into words. I know every single family/friend looked so proud of their boy, rightly so, they have gone through so much and are now a member of the amazing RM family.


Some pics of the day

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Good luck to your son, wherever he ends up.

It's a shame that not all recruits get as much support as you seem to offer.

Thank you.
 

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cheers for the post, and the photos.
might sound odd but i'm so glad the blues uniform doesn't have those white plinth helemets the band have to wear
 

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brilliant post! i was welling up reading that, as i don't see my dad too often as he lives in Africa. Just hope he's got the passion that you have for your son.

Can't thank you enough!
 

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Great post!

I can understand when Marines say its the proudest day of there lives, to finally earn that green beret!
 

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Excellent news Jaycee, hearty congratulations to your son & indeed the family - again it is absolutely essential that potential Marines realise the vital support that is needed from their family in order to succeed.

Your families will share the emotions of the rollercoaster ride that is Recruit Training & potential Royal Marines are strongly advised to involve their family in the recruiting process and try to gain their support, rather than shun them.

By way of contrast, and in no way as rigorous as Commando training, my Dad thought I was a fool leaving what he saw as a well paid, secure job to join the Navy. He was the proudest Dad alive come the passing out parade, prouder still after the Falklands & still proud to this day.
 

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Without a doubt, every single one of the 300+ guests were immensly proud of their son/brother/friend etc. There was an awful lot of dabbing of eyes with hankies going on.

Lads, no matter what reaction you get when you first inform your family/friends you wish to join the RM, the immense pride they feel on your achievement at passing out as a Royal Marine is evident for all to see. Hold that thought in your minds as you go through training, no matter how rough it is at times. There is light at the end of the tunnel and one day you too will be marching onto the parade square as the Kings Squad.
 

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Without a doubt, every single one of the 300+ guests were immensly proud of their son/brother/friend etc. There was an awful lot of dabbing of eyes with hankies going on.

Lads, no matter what reaction you get when you first inform your family/friends you wish to join the RM, the immense pride they feel on your achievement at passing out as a Royal Marine is evident for all to see. Hold that thought in your minds as you go through training, no matter how rough it is at times. There is light at the end of the tunnel and one day you too will be marching onto the parade square as the Kings Squad.
Fancy coming to mine too, as of yet got no one.
 

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Great post, I can imagine a small fraction of what you are feeling.

How many people can you invite? There are some complications with my family.....
 

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Ahh what an awesome post!, Really cant wait for the day my parents say there so proud of me for passing out!..

Thanks for posting, Really motivated me!.
 

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Quality post Joycee, thanks for sharing the experience. Very inspiring and i hope i can get my parents admiration in the same way!
 

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wow... if i make it to the end of training and pass out my poor aul ma's *text deleted* be in bits! - she emotional over everything so my da is going to have to put up with her tears and jibbering all day long! just a question.... how many can a fella invite to his pass out? immediate family only? or if they want can they bring a cheering sections with matching tshirts?
 

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The number of guests you can invite depends on the number of lads in Kings Squad. This was a very large Squad, 46 in total, consequently they were only allowed 8 guests, and only 5 supposedly could watch the beret presentation in the Falklands Hall. The remainder plus a Troop in Foundation watched via video link in the Saville Room. With smaller Kings Squads you can invite far more guests - some having more than 20 *text deleted* - you do have to pay for all your guest's buffet lunch, but its only about £4 a head.
 

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Fancy coming to mine too, as of yet got no one.
Ill come 2 urs *text deleted*, If anyone wants to come 2 mine in like 2 years if all goes well, you can *text deleted*. Thats if its not a large troop.
 

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ahh i can imagine that day, it would be so great i hope your very proud of what your son has done and what he is going to be doing
 

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i was almost welling up reading that! What a day that must have been.
 

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Thanks for that, good luck to your son. I will be trying my very hardest to try and complete what your son has. Congrats
 

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I'm saving and printing off this entry for the hard times if you don't mind - I want nothing more than to make my Mom as proud as you were on that day.

Congrats to your son!
 
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