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Djcuk

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Im just wondering with all this pinging business, if you choose something that you dont want to do, do that for a year (such as driver) do you then get to choose the specialisation you actually want to do after or would you have to be (in this case a driver) for your time in the royal marines. Because i wouldnt mind driving trucks for a year if it then meant i could be part of a rifle unit after.
 

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They used to allow this. It was called DSS rights. However with FCF changing everything and a lot of specs becoming secondary specialist quals(SSQs), I’m unsure if they are still offering DSS rights. It seems they are pinging lads straight from training now to do jobs such as a general duties driver. Then they go on to a fighting unit after. The whole thing of FCF SSQ system was to take away the ping, but it hasn’t and it’s really disappointing. I’m very lucky in that I have not been pinged (yet) in 3 years and I have managed to get an SSQ under my belt too and I’m heading back to a fighting troop. I wouldn’t volunteer to take a gash ping if you can avoid it.
 

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As above has said it's all changing becuse of fcf. You won't chose your primary specialisation now until you become a corporal. The idea is to have lots of multi skilled marines. So you will do things like driving and combat communicator. They are just short courses but you will remain general duties until you do your junior command course to become a corporal and then you will chose a primary specialisation. So if you do get posted to become a driver you can still get on the other courses like combat communicator, combat bretchers course as a driver.
 

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I would add, that it may well develop (highly likely) that each job that needs a warm body in it will come with "attached" qualifications - so for instance a signals guy will also be required to have the driver role in his skill set, a rifleman in a rifle section may need to be a Breacher - and the company, in turn, will have "x" amount of guys with the breach/ signals / driver qualifications as an example no company will need 120 combat breaching trained ranks - as not enough courses or money exists to complete this - it will not be a free for all where you can do the courses that appeal to you as an individual.
 

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Are you unlikely to get the chance to do a course unrelated to the unit you’re in? For example if you get CLR as your first draft would it be difficult to get something like combat marksman or combat GMG as it’s more use for fighting units then CLR.
 

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I don't think a firm answer can be given by anybody at this stage, but my post above would certainly be a likely course once FCF is in place so are unrelated courses likely - I would doubt it, and that is down to cost, manning, course availability to name but a few reasons, however, it is not beyond things to get courses if your available and there are places free.!
 

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I believe courses are allocated to those who require it in their role. So the new Vanguard Strike Companies and I assume most fighting companies will have Combat Comms (Troop RO), a breacher or two, marksmen (sharpshooter) and potentially recce operators to name a few.

It wont be a case of ooooh I fancy blowing doors in I'll go Combat Breacher next week Sgt Major. However, keep volunteering for the courses as they come through and you're bound to get lucky at some point.

Its still all in its infancy so like said above, we'll have to wait and see
 
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