Awesome!. the probably 2 hardest ones to get into...reach high mate reach high
me, have to go through all the stuff of actually getting there first but, if (big if) I make it,(walt mode on) Recce op sound's good too, maybe apply for the SFSG then (walt mode off)....I don't like cold water enough to want to try and dive in it. ops:
Lots of guys here want to do what i fancied. I hope to go for the BPT (Brigade Patrol troop/recce force) then go for Mountain Leaders or Swimmer Canoeist. I heared from my AFCO that, like the Para's have the Pathfinders...the Royal Marines have the BPT. So they are pretty tough to get in to anyways hehehe
Im another one for recce op. If that all works out than ML or Special Forces. I hear that ML training is regarded by some as being harder that SAS/SBS training:
Mountain Leaders are an elite cadre of Royal Marines who are experts in long range reconnaissance, arctic warfare and mountain climbing. As the The Mountain Leader Training Cadre (MLTC), their primary peacetime role is to teach their techniques to other Commando Troops and share their expertise with other military units. During wartime, the Mountain Leaders are able to provide an additional recce capability for 3 Commando Brigade, integrating with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) Brigade Patrol Troop to form the Brigade Patrol Group.
Mountain Leaders are not strictly-speaking Special Forces, even though their standards of selection and training are considered by some to be as hard, if not harder, than UKSF units. Mountain Leaders are under the control of 3 Commando Brigade, not UKSF.
Mountain Leaders History
The unit's history can be traced back to the Cliff Assault Wing formed in the 1950s later to become the Cliff Assault Troop. These so-called 'Cliff Leaders' were tasked with leading the Commando units up cliffs and operating in arctic conditions. The appropriate skills techniques were developed and perfected and then passed on the rest of the RM. The Cliff Assault Troop was renamed as the Reconnaissance Leader Troop in 1965 until 1970 when it was renamed again to the Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre. The M&AWC helped prepare 3 Commando Brigade for its cold war role, protecting NATO's northern flank. Were war to break out, the M&AWC would provide long range arctic reconnaissance to 3 CDO BDE, operating on foot and on skis.
When Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, the M&AWC reconfigured from training to a war footing, raising patrols for 3 CDO BDE. Following the main amphibious landings on May 21st, 4-man patrols were inserted onto the islands where they carried out recce missions, augmenting the SAS and SBS patrols already operating. Their war was not limited to reconnaissance, however. 10 days after the main landings, the M&AWC engaged in a fierce firefight with Argentine Special Forces at Top Malo House.
The 90s onwards
The Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) was raised in the early nineties to fill the need of a permanent medium recce force for 3 CDO BDE. Mountain Leader NCOs were used to command these patrols, which eventually became known as the Brigade Patrol Troop. Other MLs remained in the training role, in the form of The Mountain Leader Training Cadre (MLTC).
Mountain Leader Training
The Mountain Leaders course is one of the hardest in the British military, as indicated by its 20% pass rate. To gain the Mountain Leaders (ML2) specialty, a Royal Marine must go through an eight-month training course, starting with a week-long selection. An extensive and challenging training regime follows which features:
free climbing (without ropes)
resistance to interrogation (RTI) training
arctic navigation A special reconnaissance unit within 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, the Brigade Reconnaissance Force's Brigade Patrol Troop will insert ahead of an amphibious landing or other RM operation to gather intelligence on the surrounding area.
This relatively new force replaces the reconnaissance role previously performed by the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre, a Royal Marines special forces unit. The Cadre trained the rest of the Marines in all aspects of mountain climbing and arctic warfare, a role now performed by the Mountain Leaders.
In late 2006, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, deployed to Afghanistan where BRF patrols came into regular contact with Taliban forces.
The Marines of the Brigade Patrol Troop are comparable in role and proficiency to the Para's Pathfinder Platoon and whilst not technically special forces, are certainly an elite within an elite. In addition to full Royal Marines training, the Marines of the BPT are also parachute trained.
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Once qualified, a Mountain Leader (ML2) will usually be integrated into the Commandos, often into the Reconnaissance Troops.
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And abit about 3 Commando Brigade Reconnaissance Force/Patrol Troop: