Were You Nervous

ste preece

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Guys: I recall the very first day when I entered the RN/RM Careers office when I said to the RN Careers officer: "I want to join the Royal Marines."

"You want to what?" The Officer replied. "Join, the Royal Marines."

"Er yes." "I want to join the Royal Marines." I answered confidently. "I've wanted to join the Marines since I was a kid, its my ambition and now I want to fulfill it."

Hmm. Grunted the RN Officer. "Do you think you've got what it takes to be a Royal Marine Commando."

"Yes I have and I'm positive about that."

Now I didn't say these exact words, but what I did say was very similar at the time.

However, I recall what the RN Officer wrote on a sheet of paper with my name on it. It said:

"From what he says he will have few problems with basic training!"

I find that quite amusing these years on. *text deleted*.


So...What was it like for you?

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Steve
 

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I was nervous when I went in, as I dont exactly look like the normal commando, but the careers officer assured me that all would be good with my phys etc. I got really excited when I left, thought, ''Im living the dream!!''
 

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I was fine when I first spoke to someone about joining, but it was mainly because my next door neighbour, who works at the AFCO, had set up the interview for me so I didn't have to walk up to someone on reception and say "Hi, I want to be a Marine please".

When i first met my ACLO though i was glad i was wearing brown boxers. He's massive and proper scary so in the first interview i had with him i went to pieces. Bad times.
 

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I was exactly the same, nervous as hell.

The building the Bristol AFCO is in is a complete bitch, I had no idea even what floor it was on let alone which door it was (no signs/notices anywhere). I knocked on random doors and was directed up and down floors about 3 times before I found it.

Once I was in it was fine, at least now I know exactly where to go !
 

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Im certainly nervous.I havent even phoned and applied yet!!
I guess its mainly due to not being totally sure if its what I want to do and also still feeling embarrassed about going back after my previous efforts with the army......
Plus,Im really struggling on starting to get my fitness up.
 

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Nervous

Guys: Expect to be nervous. Its only natural. I think I was a little cockey when I entered the recruitment office. However, I was nervous back then, but I thought hey this is it. My first step towards being a Royal Marine Commando.


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Steve
 

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I was a little nervous, but not much. I had been to the careers office several times before just asking about the army and marines and the guys there are funny which helps.
 

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When i went to my Armed froces office, i wasnt really too nervous, but i was eager because i wanted to get stuck into the selection process, i aslo found the corporal gave alot of useful information aswell, he inspired me a bit aswell, he said he was in the marines for 9 years and is a heavy weapons anti tank specialist.
 
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i was nervous as hell! but the combination of the careers officer being a top bloke, and him telling me i "you like you should be in the corps" calmed my nerves a bit, but once id got the all the ins and out i was sure i wanted to sign up as soon as possible, i didnt even think about the pay! *text deleted* twas a good day.
 

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Everyone gets nervous not matter what they say *text deleted* it's just part of being human

As for the pay i never really think of getting payed I want to do it because I'm born to do it.Just something to enjoy in life and getting payed is just a little extra bonus really Getting payed for doing something you love! thats a life worth living.
 

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I think I had to stop to use every service station toilet on the way to the AFCO..... Great to get stuck in though, you wait so long and always good to get the ball rolling, the first step to becoming a bootneck!
 

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i was nervos ish but when a guy came in after me and said "id like to apply for the SAS" all nerves went
 

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i was nervos ish but when a guy came in after me and said "id like to apply for the SAS" all nerves went
How old was that guy?, surelyeveryone knows you cant apply for the SAS *text deleted*
 
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first off i wanted to join the para's until a couple of months ago and when i stepped into the southend AFCO my hearing just seemed to go and i ended up making the officers repeat themselves over and over again my nerves got the best of me. I bet they was thinking of giving me a hearing test there and then *text deleted*. So when i start my RM application i hope i wont act in the same way.
 

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I have been wanting to join up with the forces for ages n went into the australian army offices( having lived in perth for a few years) to join the aussie commandos, i was nervous but remembered what a friend of mine said whom was a major in the aus army " the folks in the offices are only in there cause they cant do their jobs properly in their regiments" so from then on I just looked at them as having hard ass attitudes but nothing to back it up with. dont know what its like back in england but will certainly find out once im back n signin on for the marines in june. countin down the days
 

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I think I had to stop to use every service station toilet on the way to the AFCO.....
Mate, that happens to me everyday.

It's probably an age thing with me though....

... but remembered what a friend of mine said whom was a major in the aus army " the folks in the offices are only in there cause they cant do their jobs properly in their regiments" so from then on I just looked at them as having hard ass attitudes but nothing to back it up with. ...
With regard people working in the Careers Office, generally in UK you'll find the majority have 20+ years front line first-hand experience, so it's not so much a case of not being able to do the job, more a case of already got the teeshirt & fancied a change.
 

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when i said can i have an application form for the royal marines, i didn't really think about being nervous at that time, as it was just picking up an application form. BUT when i got to the psychometrics and all that jazz, boy was i bricking it.

were only human.
 

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I was a bit nervous at first but the woman in the Glasgow office is super bubbly and friendly and the army sergeant thats always there (even though the army office is a fair bit up the street and not joined in an way) does nothing but crack jokes the whole time and just float about the place...if you dont smile and feel welcome in that AFCO you must have something wrong with you.
 
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