What's it like as an Officer?

Discussion in 'RM Officer questions' started by Pl4yer_1ne, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Aug 10, 2010
    Good lad. Nothing wrong with having aspirations and to be honest, if one can't ask a question on this forum, where should one ask it? You will perhaps be unsurprised to learn that curiosity about Special Forces is a frequent topic. Have a trawl through the threads using the search facility.
  2. Pl4yer_1ne

    Pl4yer_1ne New Member

    Mar 5, 2016
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    Will do, thanks for the help.
  3. DhobiWanKenobi

    DhobiWanKenobi Royal Marines Commando

    Jan 5, 2011
    In a typical troop...

    Lt - commands the troop, makes the big decisions, gives the orders, etc

    Sgt - works alongside the troop commander, advises him since the Sgt is more experienced, deals with casualties and ammunition

    Cpl - the troop is broken down into 3 sections of 8 men, each led by a Cpl.

    Lcpl - each section is broken down into 2 fire teams, with the Cpl leading one fire team, and the Lcpl leading the other.
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  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

    Jul 10, 2007
    For those thinking of joining as an Officer, beware assuming that the educational threshold is enough. It is merely the start.

    Over 40% of serving Royal Marine Other Ranks are educationally qualified for Officer. One Other Rank Recruit Troop consisted of graduates making-up one third of the troop.

    Approximately 80% of successful RM Officers joined with a degree, but there are far, far more Other Rank graduates than there are Officers in the Royal Marines. In fact we recruit more Other Ranks with degrees each year than we do Officers.

    For those still in school - start to take-on voluntary responsibilities such as joining sports teams & taking-on off the field responsibilities such as helping arrange fixtures and events, transport, collecting subscription fees. Consider taking-up a morning paper-round and stick at it. Consider joining uniformed youth organisations, Duke of Edinburgh award schemes, clubs & societies outside of school, etc. Join the school council, get used to public speaking, volunteer to be a prefect when able to. Start gaining evidence of your leadership potential now. Beware announcing to everyone at school that you are joining the Royal Marines - there will always be naysayers who rejoice in others not achieving their goal.

    Good luck.
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