To All Potential RM Officers

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I am a Commissioned RM Officer (Capt) who is currently employed in the Recruiting Company based down at Lympstone. In my current job I am heavily involved with recruitment for the Royal Marines and have been referred to this site by someone.

I am basically offering myself as a point of contact for anyone who is interested in joining the RM as an Officer. If you have any specific questions about training or being a Troop Commander I am happy to answer them, ultimately it is part of my job and I would rather you get the correct information from myself in order to help you make educated decisions about joining the Corps. It is all completely informal so don't worry about asking questions you think might be stupid. Anything that gets messaged to me will be not be passed onto anyone else. On the other site, I have been asked a number of questions which several of you have. Please use the forum so I can get accurate information to more people.

Best of luck with your applications.
 

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Welcome aboard Sir !

I 'm sure you'll be snowed under with questions shortly.

Rich.
 

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Welcome and I'm sure the guys will be grateful of any help you can give them.

Please guys just to remind everyone, Officer questions only and as much as possible please post in this forum to prevent The Officer from duplicating his answers.
 

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Welcome Aboard matey!.. Great forum we have here!, But ill be sure to go check urs out soon too..

Nice to be able to ask questions to a marine.. Always helps!.

Sam
 

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Hi Sir!

I live in South Africa but hold British citizenship. I'm moving to England permanently in August in order to study my masters degree (physiotherapy). I'd like to apply for the potential officers course once I have graduated (I'll be in the country for about 2 years before I apply). What I'd like to know is,is how do you go about getting a waiver to join up as an officer? As I understand that you need to be resident in the UK for 5 years in order to apply.

PS: I do have a few mates in the corps already,I'm told that might help.

thanks for your Time!
 

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Hi Sir!

I live in South Africa but hold British citizenship. I'm moving to England permanently in August in order to study my masters degree (physiotherapy). I'd like to apply for the potential officers course once I have graduated (I'll be in the country for about 2 years before I apply). What I'd like to know is,is how do you go about getting a waiver to join up as an officer? As I understand that you need to be resident in the UK for 5 years in order to apply.

PS: I do have a few mates in the corps already,I'm told that might help.

thanks for your Time!

Whilst you're waiting for a definitive reply from 'RM Recruiting Officer', you need to identify whether you are a South African, British, Dual British/SA or whether you are British from all times since birth, but living in SA.

The best bet is get in touch with the Overseas Desk at London AFCO by email at nr-london-ca3g@rncareers.mod.uk for definitive advice on whether you maybe eligible for a residency waiver.

As you're probably aware there is the issue of the SA Mercenary Act & further specific advice for South African nationals is already on the sticky section here. (Apologies if you've already seen the stickies advice section.)

Hope that helps.

Good luck.
 

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This may sound like a stupid question, I know RT for officers is longer than for commandos however when do you get presented the Green Beret if you are an officer is it after the 9 months or after the 15 1/2 months?


Jim
 

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Evening sir!

I would like to know whether you could give me an indication of the level of fitness new RMYO are expected to be in come September 1st?
 
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Fellas,
I'll try and keep this quick as I'm chin-strapped from work and being on the other site.
1. Thanks to Ninja Stoker, couldn't have offered any better advice myself ref. S.African application.
2. Officers get their Green Berets on completion of the Commando course which is about 8 months into training, that information is on the website. You have the green lid for the rest of training.
3. Phys by Sep 1st. The fitter you are, the better impression you will make on day one. That said, make sure you see enough of your mates/girlfriend before you join because you won't get any weekends at the start of training. I would be in the best shape you can be, just make sure you have no injuries.
Thanks fellas, and I appreciate the comments from Grey wing, my inbox is toppers from both this site and the other!
 

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Ninja I've been both a British and South African (dual) citizen at all times since birth.if thats any help.

again thanx for the help its much appreciated
 
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Fellas, If you do private message me and so far 13 have done, please can you follow Greywing's advice and place it on the forum unless it is very personal. I can't reply to you all individually as I am spending so much time on this site. I want to keep helping you guys so don't see each other off!
Please keep the questions short as well, it's nice to understand a bit about you but it's often irrelevant, just get to the point.
Apologies if I am being blunt but you guys might as well get used to it. We don't have time to piss about in the Corps. If something needs to be said, I'll say it.
Best of luck with your applications lads.
 

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Ninja I've been both a British and South African (dual) citizen at all times since birth.if thats any help.

again thanx for the help its much appreciated


Your best bet is to contact the Overseas Desk at London AFCO by email: nr-london-ca3g@rncareers.mod.uk for specific advice on your current residency requirement.

The fact you are a Dual National may mean you are liable for national service in South Africa & you will need proof that this is not the case or that you have completed your commitment. But, the Overseas Desk is the place to contact.

Good luck.
 
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Sir,

1. If you fail the POC are you allowed to re-route to the PRMC?

2. How does having served in any other foreign forces (Greek national service) affect your application?

Thank you,

Sotiris.
 
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If you fail POC or AIB you can attend the PRMC, many do and are successful Marines.
If you are a Commonwealth citizen you can join, contact the Overseas desk above for more information.
 

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Thanks for the info RMRO, it really has been helpful.

I've been told that as a marine you have to do general duties for about 18 months before takning up a specialisation or trade. Typically, how long would it take a YO before he could specialise?

Thanks for the help!
 
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It depends on the Appointer's requirements, he's the individual that places you in your jobs as a Captain. I have finished Phase 2 training and my Troop Command in an Operational unit and am now doing my first full job as a Captain. I will specialise in the next two-three years. Basically, you can usually specialise about 3yrs after you finish Phase 1 training at Lympstone.
 

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Sir,

I'm going to be applying for the RMR in August/September and have a couple of quick questions about the RMR POC.

1) How does the POC work for RMR Potential Officers? Is it held at the weekend like the Unit Selection weekend or do they have to attend the regular POC?

2)If they attend the regular POC are they not at an advantage given that they have to have completed RMR Phase 1 training before they can begin officer selection? Or is this adjusted for by the team that runs the POC?

3)Last one - if you get selected then how does RMR officer training work? Regular recruit training lasts 32 weeks (if you arent backtrooped or injured) and on average it takes a year-18months for a reservist to earn their green lid. Regular YO training on the other hand lasts 15 months - is this reflected in the RMR officer training? I know that you have to complete the TA PTC but surely that is no comparison for a regular YOs training!

Thanks,

Matt
 
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To be honest mate, I have very little knowledge about RMR Commissioning. You will probably have to go to an RMR Centre and speak to someone specifically involved in the RMR. Sorry I cannot be more helpful mate. Let me know how you get on and if I can be of any further use.
Best of luck.
 
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