What are the best jobs in the Royal Marines?

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Probably worth stating the RMR no longer routinely specialise. There will be those within the RMR who had previously specialised as either a regular or reservist but my understanding is the choice is now General Duties or SBS(R).

The only likely way a RMR trained rank would undertake other specialisations is through a Full Time Reserve Service contract of sufficient length to enable a regular service course tobe undertaken whilst serving with a regular unit.
 

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Probably worth stating the RMR no longer routinely specialise. There will be those within the RMR who had previously specialised as either a regular or reservist but my understanding is the choice is now General Duties or SBS(R).

The only likely way a RMR trained rank would undertake other specialisations is through a Full Time Reserve Service contract of sufficient length to enable a regular service course tobe undertaken whilst serving with a regular unit.
You have been on the forum for a long time and your definitely the most knowledgeable on here. Are you retired or are you still serving?
 

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You have been on the forum for a long time and your definitely the most knowledgeable on here. Are you retired or are you still serving?
Firstly, my SF buddies have just been deployed to stalk @sharpe for "dissing" me :D :D

Seriously though, not a Bootneck (as the username implies), served 22 years regular Royal Navy service, then became an RN/RM recruiter in 2003. My 40th "Nautical Birthday" is next month. So yes, very old, but still serving in uniform full time. ;)

This forum founded by @GreyWing, kicked off in 2007 and I joined it about three or four months after launch.

Left mainstream recruiting in 2018 to take up a job working under RN Media Communications and Engagement, but am still officially a Careers Adviser according to my job spec. To be honest, there's been so many changes this last year, that everything I state carries the caveat that it should be checked with your careers adviser or local unit.
 

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Firstly, my SF buddies have just been deployed to stalk @sharpe for "dissing" me :D :D

Seriously though, not a Bootneck (as the username implies), served 22 years regular Royal Navy service, then became an RN/RM recruiter in 2003. My 40th "Nautical Birthday" is next month. So yes, very old, but still serving in uniform full time. ;)

This forum founded by @GreyWing, kicked off in 2007 and I joined it about three or four months after launch.

Left mainstream recruiting in 2018 to take up a job working under RN Media Communications and Engagement, but am still officially a Careers Adviser according to my job spec. To be honest, there's been so many changes this last year, that everything I state carries the caveat that it should be checked with your careers adviser or local unit.
Sorry to step on your toes. There are a few specialisations for the reserves but it depends where you are based. You can become a pti, heavy weapons and landing craft but that's about it.
 

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Sorry to step on your toes. There are a few specialisations for the reserves but it depends where you are based. You can become a pti, heavy weapons and landing craft but that's about it.
Not at all, cheers for the heads up.

Just had a flurry of phone messages about this to seek clarification.

My local unit (RMR Merseyside) are now predominently GD, but PTI is possible, if selected. Also Skill at Arms Instructors & Range quals, if required by the unit.

Bristol & London still do 'some' LC & Scotland, likewise AE.

Difficult to tell what falls out from FCF requirements of the RMR, but the general consensus it it could well revert to GD across the board unless a specific SQ is actually needed by a specific unit.
 

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Not at all, cheers for the heads up.

Just had a flurry of phone messages about this to seek clarification.

My local unit (RMR Merseyside) are now predominently GD, but PTI is possible, if selected. Also Skill at Arms Instructors & Range quals, if required by the unit.

Bristol & London still do 'some' LC & Scotland, likewise AE.

Difficult to tell what falls out from FCF requirements of the RMR, but the general consensus it it could well revert to GD across the board unless a specific SQ is actually needed by a specific unit.
It doesn’t help that it’s hard for RMR to organise Continuation training to keep lads up to date.
There’s a chance for some lads with potential to reach out of the GD RMR role, but depends on unit manning and what they need, PTI for example.

Scotland is still mostly AEs though, although I can’t remember when they last had any continuity training.

I’m not sure how it will work with FCF either, perhaps moving to GD for RMR would work better.
 

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Not at all, cheers for the heads up.

Just had a flurry of phone messages about this to seek clarification.

My local unit (RMR Merseyside) are now predominently GD, but PTI is possible, if selected. Also Skill at Arms Instructors & Range quals, if required by the unit.

Bristol & London still do 'some' LC & Scotland, likewise AE.

Difficult to tell what falls out from FCF requirements of the RMR, but the general consensus it it could well revert to GD across the board unless a specific SQ is actually needed by a specific unit.
I am joining RMR Merseyside, spoke on the phone the other day with WO1 Sxxxxxxx and asked about the possibility of 43 Commando (R) he said it's not been done before but it could be a possibility, what are your thoughts on this?
 

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I am joining RMR Merseyside, spoke on the phone the other day with WO1 Sxxxxxxx and asked about the possibility of 43 Commando (R) he said it's not been done before but it could be a possibility, what are your thoughts on this?
I know the guy you spoke to. Not sure I understand the query fully.

There maybe Full Time Reserve Service contracts serving with 43 Cdo as a reservist for a few months but in all honesty, as it is largely a static force protection unit, most RMR personnel want to serve with 40, 42 or 45 as they can deploy operationally.
 

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I know the guy you spoke to. Not sure I understand the query fully.

There maybe Full Time Reserve Service contracts serving with 43 Cdo as a reservist for a few months but in all honesty, as it is largely a static force protection unit, most RMR personnel want to serve with 40, 42 or 45 as they can deploy operationally.
Yeah cheers for this, I should’ve worded it better sorry, but as you can see by my username I have a certain affinity towards 43 Cdo! If there’s any contracts after I earn the green lid I’ll be jumping at that.

Hopefully we can share a drink or two at HMS Eaglet
 

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What’s the interest in 43 if you don’t mind me asking??
 

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The nuclear deterrent security, similar to why I like the idea of working for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and the more CQB/Uran op training.

It’s possible I have the wrong idea about 43 but to my knowledge that’s what I like most
 

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The nuclear deterrent security, similar to why I like the idea of working for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and the more CQB/Uran op training.

It’s possible I have the wrong idea about 43 but to my knowledge that’s what I like most
If that's what you want to do your 2 options are join full time or join reserves mobilise for a year to a commando unit then transfer to the regulars and request to go to 43 cdo.
The reason they want reserves to mobilise to the commando units is because they always have space for people. 43 has to be 100% manned all the time so it's priority.
 

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If that's what you want to do your 2 options are join full time or join reserves mobilise for a year to a commando unit then transfer to the regulars and request to go to 43 cdo.
The reason they want reserves to mobilise to the commando units is because they always have space for people. 43 has to be 100% manned all the time so it's priority.
Bang on.

Plus as a sprog at 43 the training will be good but the majority of it would be quite boring. The Gucci drafts aren’t always open to new marines.

There is a benefit though, every marine I’ve worked with at a fighting unit that came from there was damn slick with skills and drills.
 

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Cheers for the help lads, I’m using the reserves as a toe dip into the Cdo life see if it’s really for me or not. I’m very excited to get started training regardless!
 

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Cheers for the help lads, I’m using the reserves as a toe dip into the Cdo life see if it’s really for me or not. I’m very excited to get started training regardless!
The reserves aren’t a stepping stone mate, it’s a huge commitment and it has a lot of inconsistencies with regards to regular RM service. If you are young and want it, I’d recommend considering regulars over RMR anyday.
Realistically you are looking at 1-3 years to pass out of RMR recruit training. Depending on back trooping and injuries.
RMR isn’t job experience or a backdoor in, they have their own role to play. Unless your older, with an established career, I always think Regular RM is the better option.
 

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As above I'll also add. Yes its a stepping stone at the moment but if the manning for the marines reaches a suitable level the reserves might not be a stepping stone any more. It only is at the moment because the marines are a bit short. At one point if you hadn't done pre deployment training and a tour if you wanted to go from the reserves to the regulars then you would have to go and do training again. I don't know but just don't want you to have your plan then 2 years time have to go and do training again.
 

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As above I'll also add. Yes its a stepping stone at the moment but if the manning for the marines reaches a suitable level the reserves might not be a stepping stone any more. It only is at the moment because the marines are a bit short. At one point if you hadn't done pre deployment training and a tour if you wanted to go from the reserves to the regulars then you would have to go and do training again. I don't know but just don't want you to have your plan then 2 years time have to go and do training again.
Spot on.

The transfer between reserves to regulars is very much a movable feast which is switched on and off regularly if the last 18 years are anything to go by.

Until quite recently even RMR trained ranks who had served operationally within a fighting unit in Iraq or Afghanistan would be required to commence recruit training day one, week one if they wished to transfer into the regular service.
 

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As above I'll also add. Yes its a stepping stone at the moment but if the manning for the marines reaches a suitable level the reserves might not be a stepping stone any more. It only is at the moment because the marines are a bit short. At one point if you hadn't done pre deployment training and a tour if you wanted to go from the reserves to the regulars then you would have to go and do training again. I don't know but just don't want you to have your plan then 2 years time have to go and do training again.
I wouldn’t mind doing training again day 1 week 1 if I need be if I get another green lid ay? 1 spare *text deleted* cheers tho for the concern ! :)
 
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