Specialist Qualification - getting pinged

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From a brief we had a short while ago, we have a total of around 5100 positions, with manning sitting around 4400.
 

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From a brief we had a short while ago, we have a total of around 5100 positions, with manning sitting around 4400.
Catch 22 situation for the Corps at the moment. From my understanding, gained solely from this forum, as it wasn't around in my day, the standards for PRMC and then RT, were raised when manning was high and I believe, at one stage, the Corps was around 400 overborne.

Having made statements to all and sundry that standards would not be lowered under any circumstances, they now find themselves in the position of more guys leaving than what there are joining.

They'll no doubt announce another review and drop a Commando Unit! Problem solved!

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The corp being overborne in the stats at the time was because ranks leaving, but still serving were included in the statistics as manned strength. Without any distinction between the groups.

Retention and recruitment is a tri service problem, The mandatory changes to the pension scheme without an opt-out has definitely effected ranks wanting promotion, as their isnt the drive for a final salary pension.

When companies are being disbanded to fill other companies, and reserves are being brought in to cover gaps in unit manning, things are not going well. This is a bandaid approach. I think the offer will need to be improved to attract more O/R talent or another deep biting recession.
 

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I've had an absolute world of fun reading through this discussion. Been on the edge of my seat with the back and forth in defence of the Corp.

Just a question, what's the average waiting time for say the SFC specialisation? It's what I wanted to go for after I pass out of RT. Any information would be amazing!
 

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Old but interesting thread. Have the issues brought up in this thread improved since?
 

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Yes I found this an interesting read and would like to know people's opinions a couple years on
 

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I've had an absolute world of fun reading through this discussion. Been on the edge of my seat with the back and forth in defence of the Corp.

Just a question, what's the average waiting time for say the SFC specialisation? It's what I wanted to go for after I pass out of RT. Any information would be amazing
It's not particularly long. I have said to a lot of people before if there is a branch you want to be in it makes sense to get in to it as soon as possible and work towards promotion.
Again every one that gets pinged to be a driver from a commando unit I ask if they had preferences in on jpa and 9 ot of 10 times they say no. People just sit at a commando unit happy they have passed out and before they know it they are a driver or signler.
 

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Yeah MLs, snipers and now recce operators too. I will give you warning on recce stuff, there is nothing glamorous about it. It sounds cool, but be prepared to be cold and wet for long periods of time, and carrying Bergen’s that weigh more than Gemma Collins
 

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Yeah MLs, snipers and now recce operators too. I will give you warning on recce stuff, there is nothing glamorous about it. It sounds cool, but be prepared to be cold and wet for long periods of time, and carrying Bergen’s that weigh more than Gemma Collins
The survival phase on the "behind the lines" programme looked very grim
 

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Yeah MLs, snipers and now recce operators too. I will give you warning on recce stuff, there is nothing glamorous about it. It sounds cool, but be prepared to be cold and wet for long periods of time, and carrying Bergen’s that weigh more than Gemma Collins
Ha ha tbf apparently shes lost 3 stone
 

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Yeah MLs, snipers and now recce operators too. I will give you warning on recce stuff, there is nothing glamorous about it. It sounds cool, but be prepared to be cold and wet for long periods of time, and carrying Bergen’s that weigh more than Gemma Collins

That and carrying your feces with you... And having to urinate/defecate yourself to avoid movement.
 

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That and carrying your feces with you... And having to urinate/defecate yourself to avoid movement.
I was watching an interview with an SAS trooper on op Barras in sierra leone. He was in an OP when his teammate got diahrrea, and he couldn't move as they were quite close to the enemy camp and it ended up splashing on his face and kit. That's what you call unglamorous *text deleted*
 

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I was watching an interview with an SAS trooper on op Barras in sierra leone. He was in an OP when his teammate got diahrrea, and he couldn't move as they were quite close to the enemy camp and it ended up splashing on his face and kit. That's what you call unglamorous *text deleted*
Just adds a bit more flavour and excitement to the boring ration packs being eaten cold on hard routine. Absolute winner, that extra protein.
 

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Say you land a spec you really wanted, can you stay in as long as you want, or is there a maximum length of service
 

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Usually you will stay within your branch yes. Some lads take less desirable branches as stepping stones into branches they want. Have to be careful not to get sucked in though.
 
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Usually you will stay within your branch yes. Some lads take less desirable branches as stepping stones into branches they want. Have to be careful not to get sucked in though.
Thanks. Do you know how how specs work around drafts? Say you’re a mortar man or anti tank bloke and get drafted to CLR would you be shoved in to a more compatible branch
 

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You wouldn’t get drafted to CLR if you were a tankie or a mortarman, simple as. Or not in that role anyway.
 
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