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RossRobObey

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... and I suppose it probably is but meh;

Everyone says, if you have the chance to join as an Officer - DO IT! Which I am planning on doing.

Now I don't want to sound 'chavy' or too much like Big T (*text deleted*) but when I get into the Marines (see that - thinking positively) I would love to get deployed on operational duties. However I wouldn't want to go, but as an Officers - not be in the thick of it?

I don't know if I'm making sense, but if I was to go in as an Officer and get deployed, am I going to doing as much 'fighting' as if I was to join the normal ranks?

Ross.
 

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You'll be with your troop the entire time. You probably see the same amount of action and danger, if not more as an officer.
 

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A mate of mine who is in 45 commando was talking to me about the role of an officer during contacts, and he said an officer will rarely have to fire his rifle and if he does someone is doing something wrong.

That is what I was told anyway, not too sure how true that is.
 

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Hmm, thanks for the replies.

Can I ask either Ninja or GW if you have any info about this?
 

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Yeah i'm not 100% sure to be honest. You'd be best taking somebody with experiences word than mine.
 

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yea im kinda in the same boat as well.

Deffinetly going for officer!! but just not sure about the combat side of things. do the officers see as much "fighting" or get to do as much "fighting" as the regular troops. Im sure officers have if not more responsibility than the marines as they are the ones who carry out the combat??

From watching Commando on the front line - Bertie Karr seems to be doing alot!!

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Well as an Officer I'm sure you're more likely to command than shoot but the fact you see less danger won't be true especially not for a fair few years. You'll still hear the same bullets whizzing over your head and you'll definately see the same RPGs flying around.
 

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From what I gather, as a young officer up to captain, you will be "on the ground" with your troop & equally likely to be involved in contacts.

The higher up you go, the more removed you become from "hands on" soldiering as you become better employed to direct those on the ground as you have first hand experience of what's involved. That doesn't mean to say you won't come under attack, but you don't generally actually go out looking for trouble.

As you climb the ranks you become more of an asset to those deployed & a high value target to your foes.

It's not like Star Trek where your Commanding Officer, Second in Command & your Principal Medical Officer knowingly go out for a recce in hostile territory, although senior Officers do occasionally end up in a fire-fight, but the results can adversely affect the balance with regard command and control- an example of such was Colonel H Jones VC during the Falklands conflict.
 

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Hi Ross,

Ninja is right, the higher you go up as an officer the more hands off you are expected to become.

But to start with you should expect to be in the thick of things with everyone else.

I know of an incident that happened a few years ago when a top top top UK soldier got killed in an accident and I think a lot of people higher up kind of put a blocker on the top top guys doing active and dangerous activities. I don't know if you can keep these top officers in base when they want to do stuff but I heard that accident shook a lot of things up.

But that case was a bit different as he was a top top officer.

All the best
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Thanks for that Ninja and GW.

I really want to join as an Officer, for obvious reasons - however I don't want to be pulled away from it all, or spend only one or two years hands on.

I'm thinking more to join in the normal ranks, but then there are the obvious disadvantages; less pay, more of a 'extra phys' etc.

Any more thoughts and opinions on this would be great,

Ross.
 

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So from 2Lt to Captain - Would I be involved in the firefights etc - Again, I really don't want to sound like a *text deleted**, but I want to get stuck it and if the opportunity was to arise, I would like too see some rag head on the receiving end of my rounds.

I'm someone who, as much as I like planning stuff, I like to execute the plans just as much. I wouldn't want to join as an Officer, if it meant I was behind everyone all the time - Just in case, you if see what I mean.

Ross.
 

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same here mate!! dont want to sound like a muppet but i dont want to be behind a desk!! i want to be an officer who is out there in the thick of it leading troops!

sorry if i sound a bit of a *text deleted** *text deleted*
 

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A mate of mine said even the Brigadier gets his boots dirty sometimes, It's an officers perogative if he wants to lead from the front up until the ultimate top ranks, which is brilliant because i intend to lead from the front of the front.
 

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If you have the opportunity to join as an officer then you should definitely go for it. Officers have better living conditions, greater responsibility and along with this are paid more. As a troop commander, from 2Lt to Captain you will be very much involved 'on the ground'. By the time you reach Major, around 35 you will probably want to be involved in the planning and logistics of operations rather than the actual execution as it were, although you can expect to be out on the ground as a company commander.
Spot on PAG.

Trust me being on the firing line for many years will take its' toll on you. It also depends how long you intend staying in the Corps, the average individual starts thinking of specialising after a couple of operational tours, if indeed they wish to stay. Dynamics change as you get older, possibly have children, get married & suchlike- you take on responsibilities.

From my experience in the Falklands (uh-oh - Uncle Albert story inbound
) combat has a profound effect on you & very much changes your perception, it's certainly not glamorous. Granted you feel better equipped to deal with it the next time & many get a "buzz" from it, but you can't do it forever, however invincible you may feel when young.

The bottom line is if you can join as an Officer then you should do, however be warned it's a lot more difficult to become one.
 

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Mate do it!

I qualified in every way for a officer, just my age stopped me joining as a officer.

So dont get to my age and regret doing it, work hard and you'll be better off for it.
 
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