Specialisations

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  1. LRL

    LRL Well-Known Member

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    Out of curiosity what SQ's currently have the highest waiting list and which have the lowest?
     
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  2. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    I am going to guess:

    Highest:
    HW (Anti Tanks)
    PW
    AEs

    Lowest:
    Sigs
    Drives
    Clerks
     
  3. BoxSwallow

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    I would guess Stores Accountant would be in there as well
     
  4. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Hmm maybe. I have heard lads use it for quick promotion.
     
  5. BoxSwallow

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    Ah yeah true. Would the same not be said for Clerk though?
     
  6. C30

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    Is this the case with all of the less popular specializations?

    Do you have any idea of the reasons for Sigs being less popular? I know it isn't everyone's cup of but there must be some factors that put people off?
     
  7. BoxSwallow

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    Maybe all the extra weight you have to carry -nailbiting-
     
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  8. C30

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    If weight was the issue though I think I'd rather carry a small radio pack on my back than a Javelin;)

    Would be a different story when you come to using the Javelin though haha.
     
  9. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    Using a bowman 354 in anger rarely has the sa!e affect as a high explosive missile.
     
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  11. C30

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    Fair one, would be interesting to know the specifics of what a signaller is required to carry other than the obvious radio and batteries with standard kit.

    Yeah that is what I was eluding to in my previous post, but there must be something more that puts people off the Signaller spec... other than wanting to use bigger weapons in a different spec?
     
  12. BoxSwallow

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    Now I obviously don't know and have no experience to back this up so just going by this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowman_(communications_system)#Equipment

    There's the Personal Role Radio which are issued to everyone in an 8 man infantry section (not forgetting the spare batteries ;))
    Then the manpack versions of the ADR+ the UK/PRC355 (5w Manpack) and the UK/PRC356 (16w ground-role manpack) which enables Own Station Position Reports to be broadcast without the presence of an associated computer.

    Like I said this would be just a guess at some stuff you might have to carry and I'm sure you'd have to familiar with a whole host of other systems/signalling techniques (maybe another languages?) this might give a bit of a clue: http://www.army.mod.uk/signals/24931.aspx
    I'm sure someone else with a lot more first person knowledge will come along to correct me but some stuff to have a look at I suppose :)
     
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  13. C

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    Caveat: I'm not serving nor have I yet, just an educated guess

    Possibly a signaller may be more focused on helping the troop boss or stripey communicate with the hierarchy during a contact rather than getting stuck in as much as the other lads, in the same way as a troop commander focuses more on best organising their troop for maximum effectiveness over necessarily firing their personal weapon. Plus there's carrying the extra weight
     
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  14. arny01

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    Anyone got any info on current waiting lists for LC? My lads considering putting in for PW, AE and LC. Going off what I've seen on here, the first 2 seem slightly unlikely?
     
  15. Ninja_Stoker

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    LC is one of those Marmite specs, by all accounts. We seem to go through peaks and troughs. There was a lot of 'disgruntlement' when 1 Assault Group and 539 moved from Poole to Plymouth and vacancies increased. Now the dust has settled a bit, there seems to be less discontent and people seem to be leaving less, making it again one of the more 'sought after' specs.

    Serving afloat with an ASRM on a warship is initially the make and break of many in the branch due to the alien environment of working Navy part-of-ship details. Coping with the seemingly nonsensical idiosyncrasies peculiar to the Navy, many Royals find it frustrating until they take-in and become accepting of the bigger picture. Those who grow familiar with it, relish it, those who don't, preferring to adopt an 'us and them' perspective, tend to recat or leave.
     
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  16. Chelonian

    Chelonian Well-Known Member

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    As an aside, over about one week during that move most evenings saw a couple of LCVPs anchored off Goodrington Sands, a broad, gently shelving beach in Tor Bay. Presumably a convenient location to overnight en-route to Plymouth. There was no evidence of disgruntlement in the crews at the beachside Inn on the Quay. :)
     
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  17. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando

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    Neither when they were in Guernsey covering safety on a powerboat race week!:)

    Nowadays LC have some really Gucci kit to play with, plus they can put all sorts of creature comforts in their bergan, as the only time they have to lift it, is on and off the craft!

    Alan
     
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  18. Shane543

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    Just a quick question, I haven't applied for the marines yet so should I worry about what specialisations I should choose? I have no idea what I'd *text deleted* do as I'd rather see more about them and then be able to decide.
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    You should be aware of specialisations available but do not need to declare any preference at this stage.
     
  20. Shane543

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    Ah okay, thanks for the help! :)
     
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