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Specialisations - Pinging and Signals

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by 05/02/2020, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Corvo50

    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    Well using myself as a example, I got pinged for the Sigs SQ, I have managed to get myself a recommend for promotion after 1yr in the branch and I’m now awaiting a DL course.

    you have to say up your options, if you want to be a Sniper or ML then the competition is going to be more fierce as it’s a job everyone wants to do. If you get pinged and don’t mind the SQ your in, make that known to you chain of command because most people who get pinged just drip and it can make the environment toxic. If your boss see’s you as the guy that doesn’t whinge and cracks on then it’s a easy decision for him about who should gain promotion and better details.
     
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    @Corvo50 that’s really helpful thanks. Sorry for all the questions, but is there any chance that when getting pinged you end up stuck in that DSS, or is it reasonably likely you’ll manage to transfer to your desired SQ? As if there’s a chance you’ll get stuck it seems very risky to deliberately go for a DSS to better your chances of a more desired SQ. Or is it like everything else which is more of a right time right place sort of thing?
     
  3. Corvo50

    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    If you do get pinged then you can use your DSS rights to go to the top of the waiting list of you desired SQ. you must serve 2yrs in the SQ you have been pinged for and then you will go onto your new SQ at a 3’ level.

    so a example would be: pinged for Stores and finished the Stores course in March 2020

    you apply for Mortars by using your DSS rights. You will be loaded onto the next available Heavy weapon mortar 3’s course after you have served 2yrs. So any time after March 2022.
     
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    05/02/2020 Member

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    @Corvo50 thats great to know, really appreciate your help as that’s cleared it up a lot. Could you possibly clarify what you mean 3’s level/Heavy Weapon Mortar 3’s?
     
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  5. Corvo50

    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    3’s - Marine
    2’s - Corporal
    1’s - Sergeant
     
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  6. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    An excellent thread. Awareness of career development and the importance of being pro-active is as important in a service career as it is in a civilian one.

    Nobody else will manage your career for you as well as you can do it yourself.
     
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    @Chelonian completely agree. I’d like to thank everyone again who has contributed, it’s cleared a lot of things up and been very helpful.
     
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  8. Apex

    Apex Former RM Commando

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    Don’t put the cart before the horse young man.
    Training is just the bit where your taught to think like a Bootneck. Once your at CTCRM you are going to be one confused kiddy for the first few weeks. Just as every other bloke who's ever joined the Corp has been. It's the norm. Do not worry about it. The Teams will help you get your head round all them nasty things like Making beds, ironing shirts, climbing the 30 foot ropes, doing a full regain wearing FFO, etc, etc.

    It's in the Units where you really learn to think fast and think carefully on your feet because things can and do happen sometimes very quickly and the ability to be able to ADAPT AND IMPROVISE at very short notice is the number one requirement you will need as a Bootneck gentlemen. I have really enjoyed reading all of this, great to see the Corps thriving and attracting quality young men.
     
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    @Apex I don't doubt that at all, and I really appreciate the heads up. If I make it that far I'll make sure to do exactly that. Thanks for the advice about being in Units, I'll be sure to keep that in mind in all goes to plan.