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What specialisations do you want to do?

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by TheBaker, May 11, 2008.

  1. TheBaker

    TheBaker Valuable Contributor

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    Anyone going to try out the SBS? :D

    Think I'm going to go for one of the Information Systems or Signals or maybe PTI.

    Also for those in the know, how many specialisations can you do, as many as time allows?

    Also, the Swimmer Canoeist specialisation, is that the SBS?
     
  2. CommandoJ

    CommandoJ Veteran Contributor

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    i am going to be aircrew lad.
     
  3. Woody

    Woody Valuable Contributor

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    Part of me wants to just go for it and go Mountain Leader and the other half of me wants to do something a bit more realistic and that will benefit civi life, like a medic or driver. But we'll see.
     
  4. ZZ

    ZZ Veteran Contributor

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    personally i have always wanted to be a swimmer canoeist, if they are still doing that, and a ML (mountain leader) everything else just doesn't really seem appealing to me apart from being a PTI or a member of a training team at lympston and a driver which will kinda be my second choices.

    was thinking of going into something that allows me to use big explosives (demolision as such) but i have gotten a bit put off with the thought of the amount of explosives i will be carrying compared to others *text deleted*. i would go for sniper as well but loads of people go for it and im not exactly a marksman at shooting.
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Veteran Contributor

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    Yeah Swimmer canoeist is SBS, you will have to pass Special Forces Selection first though. And as for Mountain leader i think you have to take a recon specialization first if you are not an officer,although not too sure.

    Myself i choose Assault Engineer or Reconnaissance Operator but those could change after getting a look at what each specialization actually does.
     
  6. roguesniper

    roguesniper Well-Known Member

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    mountain leader, the only choice for me. to get on the course you have to be a corporal at least and get a letter from you co commending you as a outstanding marine. thats what i read anywho.

    thats what i want to spec as!
     
  7. Point

    Point RM Officer Recruit

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    Was speaking to a corp aircrew man the other day, he was saying the ML course is actually harder than the SF selection funnily enough. He said go for SF if you want time on the ground, MLs seem to complete the course and then head striaght back to their units.
    Thing is you can change every two years or so which is one of the great things about the marines, so play around and do the job you really *text deleted* do then think about whats going to benefit you in the long run.
     
  8. roguesniper

    roguesniper Well-Known Member

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    yeah i heard that to which makes me think why arnt they counted as sf. they go through a similar training programe
     
  9. akerfish

    akerfish In RT

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    either want to do pti or swimmer canoeist. i think there are specialisations in the sbs other than swimmer canoeist. not sure tho, will have to look it up.
     
  10. Deleted

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    I would like to be a pilot, but if I don't manage to do that (not sure on eyesight guidelines), have a crack to be an SBS officer, or Mountain Leader
     
  11. ZZ

    ZZ Veteran Contributor

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    aww yeah i forgot about that. i would bloody love to be a pilot, would be amazing. 300 miles an hour + or whatever average speed they go at would be one hell of a bloody rush.
     
  12. GaryA

    GaryA Veteran Contributor

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    SBS , Mountain leader, Sniper or small morter
     
  13. Deleted

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    Yeah I'd like to be a fast jet pilot but don't really think I'd like the RAF as you wouldn't be getting up to much apart from sitting on your *text deleted* all day, at least in RM you'd have a bit of variety, and there's a lot of other things to do if you don't quite cut it as a pilot, which would be great. Also it's only like the superb pilots who get to go into fast jet training.
     
  14. Ninja_Stoker

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    Most specialisations are: RM Other Ranks VA3, Colour Perception 4

    Except

    Aircrew VA1*text deleted* Colour Perception 1
    Snipers VA1*text deleted* Colour Perception 3
    Landing Craft VA1*text deleted* Colour Perception 2
    Swimmer Canoeists VA3*text deleted* Colour Perception 3

    *text deleted* Contact lenses not permitted.


    Visual Acuity & Colour Perception Standards HERE
     
  15. TheBaker

    TheBaker Valuable Contributor

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    I asked the Marine when I was at the AFCO about being a pilot, he says there's only about 3 of them and they're all corporals. :mad:

    But I guess if you really want to be a pilot, join the airforce.
     
  16. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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    Personally like the look of Assault Engineer and Recon Operator although joining RMR Bristol so may well end up specialising in Javelin or another HW system.

    So does that mean you can specialise in these if you've had your eyes lazed?
     
  17. Mnemic5

    Mnemic5 Royal Marines Commando

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    Mountain leader, much against the advice from my corporal freind in 539, he said if u *text deleted* do that stuff then your best of going special forces,
    So who knows
     
  18. Deleted

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    Nah don't *text deleted* Join the Air Force, it just seems too boring. Any way sorry for moving the thing away from the topic.
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

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    The advice is a little out of date as all future RM pilots will be Officers.

    There are only a slack-handfull of RM fast jet pilots, the majority are rotary wing at present.

    Grading takes place at Plymouth on a light piston aircraft and those that are successful join in service candidates such as Royal Marine Officers at the Defence Elementary Flying Training School (DEFTS) at RAF Barkston Heath to complete EFT on the Firefly. The RN has up to 60 places a year at DEFTS and aims to select around 10 a year in to the fast jet pipeline with the rest being selected for rotary wing training.

    On completion up to 16 RN students a year are streamed to the Sea King Mk *text deleted* a Commando Support Helicopter which operates in the Commando Helicopter Force as part of the Joint Helicopter Command, 12 are streamed to the Merlin OCU and 9 to Lynx OCU.

    Commando Aircrewmen currently carry out some light fixed wing familiarisation flying before going to 705 Sqn at Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) to do an intensive navigation course on the Squirrel. Successful students move on to a secondary roles and simulator package at either Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose or Yeovilton. On completion they commence Sea King Commando OCU with their Pilot counterparts.

    RM Pilots take a slightly different route after DHFS going to the School of Army Aviation at Middle Wallop staying on the Squirrel and completing Army Operational Training Phase before converting to the Lynx on 847 NAS at RNAS Yeovilton. Merlin and Lynx Mk 8 pilots join up with their observer counterparts conducting mostly joint training building the crew concept.

    Commando pilots convert to the Sea King *text deleted* at RNAS Yeovilton and go onto learn to operate the aircraft in the SH role maintaining a focus on the amphibious environment. Initially completing groundschool and simulator training at RNAS Culdrose they are trained in NVG operations from an early stage and complete mountain flying detachments and an embarked phase to gain deck landing qualifications. The course is capped by a deployed exercise where the pilots put everything together in the field.
     
  20. ZZ

    ZZ Veteran Contributor

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    guys dont get me wrong im not joining the air force *text deleted* and i dont expect if your a marine you dont have to join the air force to be a pilot, just take their pilot training. and i expect those 3 RM's still go out on the ground a lot with the rest of the lads.