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Whats Life like as a Royal Marine once you have a specialisation?

Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by Leon439, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Leon439

    Leon439 New Member

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    As a general duties Marine I could imagine that you would be doing a lot of training, going on exercises, learning new combat skills etc. But say after 2 years you get pinged to be a Clerk, would your main focus be carrying out the duties of a Clerk and not focusing as much on practicing your skills as a Marine, or would you be a Marine first and go on all the exercises/training as General Duties Marines and then you would fit in the Clerk specialisation when you can as a second priority?
     
  2. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    You will mostly (and mainly) focused on Clerk work in the HQ or where ever you are assigned to , if you are actually a clerk attached to a company you may get out more , most units will run a exercise where the supports guys actually "grav" (work as a GD marine) every so often , but these might only be once or twice a year , you are expected however to complete your mandated training serials , so Combat Fitness Tests , Ranges , First Aid and so on as often as the GD lads , if you go to a branch quite soon in your career , when it,s time to do your Cpl,s course (known as Juniors) you will often do a pre-course and sometimes eve a pre-pre course as well so you get up to speed.
     
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  3. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    You would be lucky! You get pinged after 9 months, despite what you read. That’s the reality.

    You won’t always get pinged, if you are mega lucky.

    And it depends, as a clerk you will deal with clerk stuff, but you will still jump into the green stuff if you are at Company Level. Your a Marine first then Clerk second.

    And as a GD it’s mostly, inspections, rounds of accommodations, getting treated like a child, then occasionally doing some poorly plannedexercises with zero morale and zero fun.

    Or spend most of your day sat at company lines waiting for the hierarchy to go through their emails and deal with their crap before anyone can actually go and do anything. The Corps Ian mostly about sitting around while Officers check emails, and everyone else runs around checking and sending emails before anyone can actually go and do anything. Heaven forbid the lads actually go and do something productive until the emails have been checked!
     
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  4. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    You’ll get really good at doing the same exercise over and over.

    Insertion yomp , harbour , take hard cover , harbour and final attack. For extra fun swap training area.
     
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  5. Chelonian

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    The Para version of this sounds similar except for the added excitement of sitting on the floor of a mahoosive, draughty hangar for many hours waiting for the wind speed at the DZ to drop.
    Naturally, by the time the wind speed was safe the aircraft would then become unserviceable. :)
     
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  6. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    If we all vote Corbyn we could just can the whole thing in and be coppers instead
     
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  7. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    I'd not recommend that. The police are just as fubar'd as the military.
     
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  8. Corona

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    I dont want to hijack a thread but is it often that Marines will join the police upon leaving the armed forces?
     
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  9. ave!

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    I know 4 lads who have done it
     
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  10. Johnny_Anonie

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    I’m a cop.

    I left the Army & joined the police. It was pretty seamless & I have no regrets.

    My military background & experiences certainly did provide me with some excellent examples of the core competencies. Although I also was also very conscious to demonstrate myself as more than just “Ex Forces”.

    Plod expect you to demonstrate sound common sense, good communication skills, an ability to work under your own initiative and as part of a team.

    Personal qualities, which include integrity, honesty and determination. Obviously a lot of these qualities are mirrored in HM Forces. You just have to translate them.

    I know one guy on my patch who was an Ex Royal. But I also know a bloke who was formerly cabin crew for EasyJet!!

    It’s down to the individual.
     
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  11. Johnny_Anonie

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    Very true.
     
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  12. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    I personally know of six lads who have gone into the CivPol or onto Special Branch so it's certainly not unheard of.
     
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  13. Rover

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    I can see no excuse for Troop/Company exercises to be planned and run by the SNCO's/JNCO's. This would help develop Planning and Preparation skills and also allow everyone to exercise their initiative. -banghead-

    As an example; Exercise planned and run by a Troop Sergeant for a Company.
    The scenario being that in a country to the north it was known that a Terrorist Organisation was holding a major meeting to include other well known 'targets'.:cool:

    Company members had to make their own way to a pre-designated RV within the hostile country, nothing military to be worn. Once at the RV contact had to be made with the local Resistance who would lead them to an ' arms cache', providing the means to conduct an ambush on the 'targets'. o_O

    Should they be stopped by the local Police the cover story being they were Boy Scouts on a map reading exercise.t he local Police also being in on the exercise.:);):cool:

    On completion of the ambush they then had to RV with the Resistance to return the weapons. After which make their way in small groups to RV with friendly forces and return to base.

    The debrief on return was hilarious. The Resistance agent was female which caused much initial confusion.:eek::) One group stopped by the Police and looking rather older than your average Boy Scouts, had the Police Constables doing their best to keep straight faces. :):)

    In all it would seem to have been an enjoyable week with new skills learnt, agent RV being one. :cool::):)

    INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE being to the fore.

    Perhaps something that is lacking in senior ranks it would seem?:(
     
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  14. sy_lume

    sy_lume Royal Marines Commando

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    *text deleted*; clerks isn't a ping anymore
     
  15. Johnny_Anonie

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    All,

    I don’t wish to commandeer the thread, that being said I’ve noted that leaving the corps with a view to joining the cops is quite a popular plan.
    If anyone has any questions feel free to drop me a PM. I’ve no regrets in becoming a police officer.
    All I will say is- it’s great to have ambitions. But never lose that work ethic. If you want a role in Counter Terrorism, Firearms or another specialist role do not expect to walk into one the second you finish probation. Just as young marines don’t head to Poole at the earliest opportunity, new officers don’t become CTSFOs the day after their probation ends. Military Operational experiences or not you need to become extremely proficient in the art of policing.

    A previous military career will undoubtedly help you but no dispensation will be given to you. You have to work for it.
    I use my past experiences as a Soldier but I do not rely on them.

    Ex Royal Marine Commando or not you’ll still be dealing with assaults, domestics, thefts, criminal damage, MISPERs and Mental Health jobs for a good number of years.

    For now, if you are in the mob. Enjoy it and do what ever courses land in your lap. No knowledge is bad.
     
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  16. sharpe

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    Just to add to the above there is also an option to join atomic energy police. They are authorised firearms officers from the start and are routinely armed. Not a home office force so pay and conditions would need to be confirmed and there is, I believe no option to transfer to a home office police force. Mixed views on the role but no domestic disputes, neighbours falling out, drunken idiots on a Friday night!
     
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  17. Chelonian

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    In my imagination they have a cap badge which is straight out of 1960's TV show Thunderbirds. :)
     
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  18. sharpe

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    I’m saying nothing, when I joined my 1st force it was still Dixon of dock green tunics, big lid and a wooden truncheon.
     
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  19. Johnny_Anonie

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    CNC!

    The RAF Regt of the Police. -vomit-
     
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  20. sharpe

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    Haha I wondered how long it would take I served in 2 “proper” police forces and honesty would happily have swapped a load of the rubbish I dealt with over the years for donning the aviators and rocking around with my mp5!
     
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