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boogey96

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You are advised to only undertake laser surgery whilst serving in consultation with your unit medical centre. Technically it's self-inflicted 'injury' if you make yourself unfit for work and most people, so far as I'm aware, do it during leave. The same rules apply with regard the type of surgery and unstable or unsuccessful surgery and/or inter-ocular implants could result in medical discharge, so the advice is conduct the research and tread warily.

I have no doubt there will be trained ranks who have had laser surgery in their own time without service medical consultation and no issues but it could go badly wrong if things don't go as planned.


Right so as long as I'm medically fit for service again post surgery its all good?

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I have no doubt there will be trained ranks who have had laser surgery in their own time without service medical consultation and no issues but it could go badly wrong if things don't go as planned.

Disregarding the glossy brochures, before I allowed anyone to incinerate my eyeballs with a laser I'd examine the service provider's clinical success results. And then ask my GP or another health professional for a risk analysis based upon the published results.
 

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What is the Platoon Weapons Instructor position like? Does anyone have any knowledge on this specialization?
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PLATOON WEAPONS INSTRUCTOR (PW)

Role: To provide specific expertise and training on Platoon weapon systems and small arms, including range safety, weapon handling, marksmanship and the delivery of soldiering skills and tactics to recruits and trained marines.

Training PW3 (Machine Gunner) The PW3(MG) is a highly skilled operator of the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) in all its roles. The intensive 3 week course is held at CTCRM and consists of an 8 mile load carry, weapon handling, GPMG(SF), tactics of machine gun employment, live firing, a tactical exercise and firing from a mobile platform.

Upon qualifying, a PW3(MG) will predominately work within 3 Cdo Bde, as a member of a gun team. He will be expected to carry full GPMG(SF) kit with all the associated ammunition, move tactically across rough terrain, setting up a fire support position and enable intimate fire support to the close combat troops on the ground.

A PW3(MG): is a skilled, versatile machine gunner who can operate the weapon system in a variety of roles including from helicopters, vehicles and boats.

PW3 (Sniper): A Royal Marines Sniper offers an invaluable find, fix and strike asset to 3 Cdo Bde. The PW3(S) course is 13 weeks in duration and each student is expected to demonstrate an exceptional standard of observation, marksmanship and field-craft skills. Each individual that volunteers for a PW3(S) Course must pass a 5 day selection.

Snipers are employed primarily in small self-sustainable teams within Cdo Units but are also embedded in the 3 Cdo Bde Surveillance and Recognisance Squadron. Snipers provide long range precision fire onto key priority targets, disrupting enemy command and control by day and night, in all weather conditions and in all phases of conflict.

Additionally PW3(S) are employed as Maritime Snipers in support of boarding operations and counter terrorism/counter-narcotics operations around the globe.

PW2: 16 weeks course – this includes 8-week RMSAA followed by 8-week PW2 Course. The PW2 Course qualifies ranks as a GPMG(SF) Gun Line Commander and Close Quarter Battle Instructor.

PW1: 11 weeks course.

Pre-requisites PW3 (Sniper) only – Sniper selection
Qualifications PW2 - Level 3 Diploma in Defence Range Safety.
Gained PW1 - Level 4 Diploma in Defence Range Safety.
Level 5 BTEC Management Studies.

RN|RM|Platoon Weapons Instruction (for Cpl (OR4) sideways transfer only).

Interestingly, other services undertaking the PW3 course automatically become "instructors". Royal Marines are not instructors until they complete PW2.
 

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PLATOON WEAPONS INSTRUCTOR (PW)

Role: To provide specific expertise and training on Platoon weapon systems and small arms, including range safety, weapon handling, marksmanship and the delivery of soldiering skills and tactics to recruits and trained marines.

Training PW3 (Machine Gunner) The PW3(MG) is a highly skilled operator of the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) in all its roles. The intensive 3 week course is held at CTCRM and consists of an 8 mile load carry, weapon handling, GPMG(SF), tactics of machine gun employment, live firing, a tactical exercise and firing from a mobile platform.

Upon qualifying, a PW3(MG) will predominately work within 3 Cdo Bde, as a member of a gun team. He will be expected to carry full GPMG(SF) kit with all the associated ammunition, move tactically across rough terrain, setting up a fire support position and enable intimate fire support to the close combat troops on the ground.

A PW3(MG): is a skilled, versatile machine gunner who can operate the weapon system in a variety of roles including from helicopters, vehicles and boats.

PW3 (Sniper): A Royal Marines Sniper offers an invaluable find, fix and strike asset to 3 Cdo Bde. The PW3(S) course is 13 weeks in duration and each student is expected to demonstrate an exceptional standard of observation, marksmanship and field-craft skills. Each individual that volunteers for a PW3(S) Course must pass a 5 day selection.

Snipers are employed primarily in small self-sustainable teams within Cdo Units but are also embedded in the 3 Cdo Bde Surveillance and Recognisance Squadron. Snipers provide long range precision fire onto key priority targets, disrupting enemy command and control by day and night, in all weather conditions and in all phases of conflict.

Additionally PW3(S) are employed as Maritime Snipers in support of boarding operations and counter terrorism/counter-narcotics operations around the globe.

PW2: 16 weeks course – this includes 8-week RMSAA followed by 8-week PW2 Course. The PW2 Course qualifies ranks as a GPMG(SF) Gun Line Commander and Close Quarter Battle Instructor.

PW1: 11 weeks course.

Pre-requisites PW3 (Sniper) only – Sniper selection
Qualifications PW2 - Level 3 Diploma in Defence Range Safety.
Gained PW1 - Level 4 Diploma in Defence Range Safety.
Level 5 BTEC Management Studies.

RN|RM|Platoon Weapons Instruction (for Cpl (OR4) sideways transfer only).

Interestingly, other services undertaking the PW3 course automatically become "instructors". Royal Marines are not instructors until they complete PW2.

Excellent. Thank you very much.
 

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A PW3(MG): is a skilled, versatile machine gunner who can operate the weapon system in a variety of roles including from helicopters, vehicles and boats.
I would of thought that would be a job of RM aircrew specialisation?
 

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I would of thought that would be a job of RM aircrew specialisation?
Not necessarily. CHF maybe.

Ship flights, for example out in the Caribbean carrying out drugs interdiction, will sometimes take-up a RM sniper to shoot-out the engine block on a "go fast" drug runner with a .50 calibre shooty thing.
 

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I would of thought that would be a job of RM aircrew specialisation?
I don't know the RM system, but the Helo aircrews that used to taxi the Army around used to consist of a loadie, pilot and navigator. The door gunner used to be Raf Reg!
 

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ooooh okay, interesting! I'm definitely into the PW(MG) sq ;) we shall see!
 

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It does seem like a very interesting spec if you're into teaching and instructing
 

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ooooh okay, interesting! I'm definitely into the PW(MG) sq ;) we shall see!
You may have a change of heart when you've lugged the thing uphill and down dale, complete with your share of the full scale of ammo, including your own kit!

Having said that, it was my favourite weapon!

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You may have a change of heart when you've lugged the thing uphill and down dale, complete with your share of the full scale of ammo, including your own kit!

Having said that, it was my favourite weapon!
I'll try anything once :cool:-nailbiting-
 
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