What to do after the Royal Marines?

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by calger14, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. calger14

    calger14 Member

    May 17, 2008
    *text deleted** only just thought about this subject. After my time in the marines, what can i do after? Like most people i prefer not to come out the marines with nothing left for me.
  2. jm1g

    jm1g Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Whatever you want to do. Being a former Royal Marine can put you ahead of the rest when applying for jobs like private security, close protection, things like that. But just because you have been a marine dosen't mean you can't do something totally different like be an accountant or something.
  3. WrapJuice

    WrapJuice Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

    May 14, 2008
    while in training you get a NVQ, not sure on the details on it but it's basically for when you leave you have a qualification that can aid you with getting a job. What we have to do is after coming back from exercise we sometimes have to write notes in our NVQ folders about it. it's a bit boring but worth it should you ever leave.
  4. JamesBL

    JamesBL New Member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Could I do a fitness instructor/personal trainer course whilst I'm in the Marines? I'm hoping to something along those lines when I come out.

    GREGORS Royal Marines Commando

    Apr 30, 2009
    James, when you get the chance to specialise you can specialise as a PTI and you'll get various qualifications enabling you to go onto civvi street as a personal trainer.

    P.S. I'm sure anybody who's looking to get fit fast with mega bucks will much rather employ an ex RM PTI than a civvi personal trainer.
  6. JamesBL

    JamesBL New Member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Cheers mate, and I was wondering, Could you specialise in two jobs? or is it just one?

    Sorry for hijacking the thread lads.

    GREGORS Royal Marines Commando

    Apr 30, 2009
    I believe you can my friend. In the book 'Amongst the Marines' by Steve Preece he first specialises as a clerk (he's made to) and secondly he specialises as a Royal Marines Police officer. I'm not certain as to the length of time you have to spend in one specialisation I should imagine its a year or two or everybody would be changing every 5 minutes.

    Maybe somebody who knows will answer shortly...
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

    Jul 10, 2007
    Unlike equivalent military trades elsewhere, there are a raft of 27 different specialisations available within the Royal Marines, some of the transferable qualifications available are as follows:


    Public Services Level 2 Apprenticeship Includes key skills Application of Number (AoN) and Communication @ Level 1 and Improving own Learning and Working with Others @ Level 2
    British Computer Society Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (ECDL Part 1)
    First Aid at Work HSE Certificate for Hunter Coy personnel
    Problem Solving key skill Level 2 for Hunter Coy personnel
    AoN and Communication Level 2 for Hunter Coy personnel


    Armourers (ARM)

    ARM3/2 Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship (Performing Engineering Operations NVQ Level 2, 5 Key Skills plus C&G 2149 Pt 2)
    ARM1 Engineering Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship ( PEO NVQ Level 3, 5 Key Skills plus C&G 2149 Pt 3)

    Assault Engineers (AE)

    AE3 - C&G 3433/02 General Construction Work(Basic)
    AE2 - C&G 3433/03 Intermediate
    AE1 - C&G 3433/04 Advanced
    BTEC Level 2 Intermediate Cert Relief Operations Skills

    Chefs (K)

    K2 - Catering & Hospitality (kitchen,larder & pastry) NVQ Level 3
    Certificate Intermediate Food Hygiene

    Clerks (C)

    AdQual Level 2 Introductory Award Administrative Management
    C2 Level 3 Certificate in Administrative Management
    C1 - Level 4 Diploma in Administrative Management
    IAM membership dependent on rank and experience

    Communications Technician (CT)

    CT2 BTEC Above High Frequency Telecommunications Advanced Certificate
    SNCOs/WOs - C&G Senior Awards in Intelligence Management

    Drill Leaders (DL)

    C&G 7307 (Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate) Stage 1

    Drivers (D)

    D3 Driving Goods Vehicles Apprenticeship
    D2 Driving Goods Vehicles Advanced Apprenticeship
    D1 CILT Level 3 Certificate in Logistics & Transport
    CILT membership dependent on rank and experience

    Heavy Weapons (HW)

    HW2 BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Training & Operational Management

    Landing Craft (LC)

    LC3 - Level 2 RYA Powerboating
    LC2 RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper (shorebased) and Yachtmaster Offshore
    LC1 - RYA Yachtmater Practical (Power)
    Also available - Diesel Operators Certificate on as required basis

    Metalsmiths (MESM)

    MESM3 Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship
    MESM 1 Engineering Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship

    Military Police (MP)

    MP1 (Attached to SIB) NVQ Level 3/4 Investigations dependent on rank
    Close Protection (CP) NVQ Level 3 available to those involved with CP work

    Physical Training Instructor (PTI)

    PT2 - Coaching, Teaching and Instructing NVQ Level 3
    PT1 & 2 BSC(Hons) Degree in Physical Activity, Exercise & Health, Military Services Personnel Degree
    Numerous coaching awards
    Selected SNCO A1 Assessor

    Platoon Weapons (PW)

    C&G 7307 (Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate) Stage 1

    Royal Marines Air Crewman

    RMAC2 - C&G 5427 Part 1 Certificate
    RMAC1 - C&G 5427 Part 2 Certificate

    Royal Marine Medical Assistant (RMMA)

    All - First Aid at Work HSE Certificate
    C&G Certificate & Diploma in Emergency & Primary Health Care.
    Mne - Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
    Cpl - Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
    NVQ Level 4 Learning & Development and A1 Assessor (DMSTC instructors)
    Specialist awards available for selected ranks.
    Membership of various bodies available dependant on experience and professional training.

    Signals (S)

    S3 - Communications Technologies (Practitioner) NVQ L2
    S2 - Communications Technologies (Professional) NVQ L3
    S1 - C&G Licentiateship after 3 years as S1 SNCO. Selected JNCO/SNCO – A1 Assessor
    YofS - HND Communications Engineering Management

    Stores Accountant (SA)

    SA1 CILT Level 3 Higher Certificate in Logistics & Tpt
    RQMS CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma in L & T
    CILT membership available dependent on rank and experience

    Artificer/ Telecommunications Technician (AT/TT)

    TT2 EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology
    TT1 Engineering Maintenance NVQ Level 3 & 120 HE credits towards BSc in Electronics Systems Engineering
    AT BSc in Electronic Systems Engineering & C&G Licentiateship (Electronics)

    Artificer/Vehicle Mechanic (*text deleted*/VM)

    VM3/2 Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship
    VM1 Engineering Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship
    *text deleted* - BTEC Higher National Diploma (Automotive Engineering)

    Initial YO Training

    BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Professional Management Studies.
    Pathway then open to Level 7 and Masters in Business Administration
    City & Guilds Senior Award Licentiateship in Leadership (LCGI)
  9. rossyd

    rossyd Guest

    Say you get a qualification in liek the heavy weapons or assault engineer course, who will want to employ somebody who can blow a tank to shreads or blow a bridge up?
  10. MBBMX

    MBBMX New Member

    May 3, 2009
    That isn't what they look at. Specializations are relevant to what you either want to do, or are requested/emplored to do as specialization in the Corps. Once you come out, your merits won't be based on what you can do in warfare, rather your determination and state of mind, which would be highly sought after in certain trades, such as security.
  11. JamesBL

    JamesBL New Member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Cheers mate
  12. herbie21

    herbie21 New Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Retire! :blink1:
  13. calger14

    calger14 Member

    May 17, 2008
    Could i become a careers advisor?
    And also whats the longest i can be a marine for?
  14. ajw1212

    ajw1212 Member

    Jul 13, 2009
    I'm pretty sure you still have to be in active service to be a careers adviser. All the guys I've met at my AFCO seem to be. A RM corporal I spoke to said he was serving as an advisor for a year after ten years service then going back to his specialisation. Maybe Ninja could confirm though?
  15. critchmufc

    critchmufc Guest

    you get pinged for most specialisations without choice

    our drill leader got pinged for signals in hes first specialisation, he was telling us you dont get a choice for the big specialisations unless your *text deleted* good.


  16. foggers

    foggers Active Member

    Nov 21, 2008
    If I have the honour of joining the Royal Marines, I shall write a load of crappy books when I have left. Works for Andy McNab and Chris Ryan.
  17. mrman

    mrman Member

    Jul 28, 2009
    even if you do 22 years and come out as a rsm or there abouts you dont have to go into security. i know a guy who became a gardener afterwards- just because youve been a marine dosnt mean you have to become a mercenary/private security contractor! all the forces seem to be pushing management nvqs etc at the miniute.

    even if you went in at 24 and did 22 years thats still only 46 when you come out which is 20 odd years of work left.

    slight tangent but why dosnt the armourer trade offer the artificer role-both the army and the navy equivilent offer it, and both the TT and VM list it??

    also neither andy mcnabb or chris ryan have written anything since they're respective accounts of bravo two zero! its all written by others with their names on it!
  18. Camz

    Camz Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    I dont know about everyone else but i plan on getting a degree afterwards. I did a year of university and decided i couldnt do another 4 years of studying right after school.
    I'm hoping a stint in the marines will help install a work ethic, like someone has said, even if you do your full term your still only going to be in your 40s when you leave, plenty of time to do a degree and get a job.

    Also on the specialisation front, dont worry about getting a less than desirable one first off, youll have the chance to respec later on, for instance once your a cpl you can become a PTI/DL etc, or if you think your hardnuts try for SF.

    Ive lived abroad in the middle east for alot of my life, and i had at least 10 mates whos dads were royal marines, and are out here teaching the local forces how to do things etc. Although you could tell the ones that were SBS as they were loaded due to getting big payouts for teaching things like demolition etc.
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

    Jul 10, 2007
    Assault Engineer has a construction element as well as demolitions, however demolitions experts are employed in the oil industry for seismic surveys, mineral extraction companies- mining, quarrying, civil engineering projects, contracted civilian landmine-clearance projects worldwide etc.

    Likewise the global defence industries such as British Aerospace in UK, Boeing, Aerospatiale etc all require weapons experts for research & development projects

    A fair few GD Marines work in the Close Protection industry worldwide - often as advisers, training, instructing or operationally.

    Yep, you need to have reached SNCO & served a minimum of 12 years then pass the selection board & training course.

    You can be a Marine 1st class for 18 years or until age 40 if you wish.
  20. HHHNNN

    HHHNNN Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    I heard of a marine that went in with relatively little qualifications, got a degree through the education credits scheme and them became a Lawyer.:idea:

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