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Not too sure if i've named this the right way or what, but I had a question. Since the marines will become closer to their special forces counterparts and further away from a general infantry role, do you think this will effect RT in any significant way, and is this just a fancy term for budget cuts. If i made any errors on this i apologise.
 

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I've heard there will be changes to training to mirror what is changing in the corps yes. I would argue this is the best time to join the corps since Afghan with the changes they have planned. Although, we'll have to see if what's been promised is followed through
 

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Over the last 50 years or so, the length of RT has changed regularly from 36 weeks down to as low as 26 weeks and a few places in between. It reflects the role of the Corps at that time and the weapons and tactics needed for it to take its place at the forefront of any operations/conflicts. I have no doubt it will continue to do so.

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Thank you for the responses, can training time change while your actually in training or will it change gradually.
 

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Thank you for the responses, can training time change while your actually in training or will it change gradually.
From memory, any changes start with a new Troop on Day 1, Week 1.

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Yes- Underwater knife fighting takes place in week two. By week four aspiring knife fighters need to be able to operate with a pixilated face.
 

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Over the last 50 years or so, the length of RT has changed regularly from 36 weeks down to as low as 26 weeks and a few places in between. It reflects the role of the Corps at that time and the weapons and tactics needed for it to take its place at the forefront of any operations/conflicts. I have no doubt it will continue to do so.

Alan
Out of interest, when was it 26 weeks and what for?
 

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Yes- Underwater knife fighting takes place in week two. By week four aspiring knife fighters need to be able to operate with a pixilated face.
Still better than week 34 for medics - Wiggle the ankle , feign concern -yawn-and guess the injury-doctor- - module!!:D
 

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@The guide Is that before or after the 'Just issue them two packs of paracetamol regardless of symptoms' module?:D
That module is right at the end, i mean right there you are providing the ultimate in medical care , only the most capable and highly trained medics can give out paracetamol.!..oh..and the NAAFI of course.!:(
 

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Out of interest, when was it 26 weeks and what for?
Sometime around the early to mid 70s and possibly because not a lot was happening in the world at that time. Aden, Borneo and Sarawak had finished and Northern Island was just starting. 1968 was the only year since WW2 that there were no conflicts that the UK were officially involved in. :cool:

Previously recruits spent 16 weeks at The Depot Deal, before moving to Portsmouth for two weeks seamanship training and then onto ITC as Lympstone was known then, for the last 20 weeks before passing out, a total of 9 months.

When more facilities were built at CTC the amount of time spent at Deal reduced down to around 6 weeks, primarily because CTC did not have a swimming pool until the late 70s.

Junior Marines, those who joined at 16, spent around 12 months in training.

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1968 was the only year since WW2 that there were no conflicts that the UK were officially involved in. :cool:

interesting that England won the World Cup that year.
 

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*text deleted* ‘m Scottish so what do I know. Didn’t have my glasses on when I looked it up. Can’t even say if was the year Celtic won. Must just ring a bell as it’s the year my husband was born
 

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*text deleted* ‘m Scottish so what do I know. Didn’t have my glasses on when I looked it up. Can’t even say if was the year Celtic won. Must just ring a bell as it’s the year my husband was born
Any Scot would know that England's first international after winning the world cup was against Scotland and England lost. Scotland then claimed that were the unofficial world champions! :D:D

Celtic won the European Cup in 1967!

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That module is right at the end, i mean right there you are providing the ultimate in medical care , only the most capable and highly trained medics can give out paracetamol.!..oh..and the NAAFI of course.!:(

I loved the primary care module, I felt like a method actor. My favourite role was “Man with rash”. I also loved that our duty bod (Our mutual friend) Forget how to march and perfected the art of talking in the squad. Keogh was a very special place.
 

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Due to ‘cost-cutting’ Signals training is to be combined with Survival training.:cool:

Carrier pigeons being re-introduced for added security as they cannot by hacked. Should there be a comms failure you can at least eat the pigeon.;)
 

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Any Scot would know that England's first international after winning the world cup was against Scotland and England lost. Scotland then claimed that were the unofficial world champions! :D:D

Celtic won the European Cup in 1967!

Alan
Not a Scots female and I wasn’t born then.
 
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Too many people think that Royal is becoming SF. They ain’t. This rebrand is been picked up by the press and twisted. Special Purpose Task Groups are not new. Basically this sort of role sat far more in the Special Forces arena. So Royal will be able to help take pressure of the SF community by mopping up your their time consuming tier 2 type jobs. Thus giving them more time and manpower to go kick doors in. 42’s Kilo Coy are the SALT experts – small, highly-specialised teams who Support, Augment, Liaise and Train either other UK units, Allied forces, or front-line operations. This is a role that both Hereford, Poole and later 21/23 SAS carried out. No need now. Royal can train indigenous forces, conduct maritime interdiction and boarding at sea ops, amphibious close target reconnaissance and river line assaults. This was once solely jobs for SBS. But these is all massively important for the corps, pretty exciting times ahead that should liven up this post Afghan period.


Due to ‘cost-cutting’ Signals training is to be combined with Survival training.:cool:

Carrier pigeons being re-introduced for added security as they cannot by hacked. Should there be a comms failure you can at least eat the pigeon.;)

I’m sure being old school SBS Rover a pigeon won’t be the last bird you’ll eat!
 
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