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When to sign up?

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by RossRobObey, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. RossRobObey

    RossRobObey Member

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    Hey guys,

    I was going to be starting my application within a few weeks, however if that was the case, if all goes to plan, I would pass out when I'm still 17. That would mean, should the rest of my troop get deployed to Afgan (or wherever) I would not be able to go with them.

    I would much rather leave signing up, so that when I pass out, I would be 18 and able to be deployed straight away, should it come to that.

    I would need to start my RT about May/June '09 to make sure I am 18 when I pass out.
    So just really after an idea of when to start my app.? I know I can put things off for a while, but I don't think I'd be able to strech it over a year. Also, how long are PJFT and PRMC's valid for?

    Ross.
     
  2. Duffy1

    Duffy1 New Member

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    Bare in mind mate, you're by no means guaranteed to pass out with *text deleted* original troop. U cud get an injury and have to spend a period of time in hunter. You're best bet is probably to apply as soon as you know you're ready, I wouldn't worry too much about age.
     
  3. AdmiralAwesome

    AdmiralAwesome Active Member

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    If you feel you're up to the standard, I'd just get on with it. As the previous poster said, there's always the chance something could go wrong in training. As for getting deployed, I'd think they'd probably send you to whichever Commando was not scheduled to go overseas. But then... that's just my opinion. Ninja will probably have some better advice.
     
  4. robj

    robj New Member

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    If I were you mate I'd apply now. Theres always the chance that there could be a delay in the application process for whatever reason, or you could find yourself in Hunter Company during training etc etc.
    I was thinking I'd be done with training by November, week 3 of training found out I had a fractured neck of femur, looking at 18 months atleast to get it fixed and back into a troop. Lesson is don't count on passing out of training by a certain date!
     
  5. breeny22

    breeny22 Royal Marines Commando

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    apply now mate I'm 17 and i start training on 5th may,you should apply asap *text deleted* you might get put back in you application at some point.not ofrgrttin it take about 3 month get to training.
     
  6. Ninja_Stoker

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    I'd go along with the advice above. If you pass PRMC it's valid for 12 months maximum, you can stop or pause the process at any stage. Far rather you get the process cracked sooner rather than later so as you can address any problems now rather than be in a last minute rush to join.
     
  7. RossRobObey

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    Well the reason I wanted to make sure I was 18 when I pass out, was so, if all goes to plan, I would be deployed with all the original people I have trained with, for the past 32 weeks...
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

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    Not quite sure where the problem is, the general consensus by most is that you should start the process now, but not actually join until you are going to be at least 18 on pass-out as you wish.

    The reality of training is that not many of the original troop actually pass out together due to people joining your troop through injury/illness & likewise people getting back-trooped from your troop.

    I'm sure the guys in Recruit training now or those that have completed training will confirm that the members of each troop do change throughout training & there's no guarantee you'll pass out with the same lads you joined with.
     
  9. RossRobObey

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    Ok, thanks for that, Ninja. I know a lot of people do come and leave troops, but there are usually around 10-15 left from the original troop, correct?

    On the other hand, say that was correct and I did pass out with some guys from my original troop. What are the chances I would be deployed on ops. with them? Or is it more likely that we will be split up, whether they're from the original troop or not?

    Ross.
     
  10. Ninja_Stoker

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    Ball park figures, but it's quite likely the hypothetical 10 individuals will possibly opt to go in a split between 40, 42 & 45 Commando units, FPGRM and other elements of 3 Cdo Brigade. Whilst many guys over 18 seem to opt to join a unit about to deploy, it's unlikely all will join the same unit.
     
  11. CommandoJ

    CommandoJ New Member

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    mate apply asap, i wish i had done all the paperwork etc... before xmas, but i left it until 08 but now i am waiting on a letter for a confirmation over ''inhaler''.

    but if i were to do it again i would definatley apply now.
     
  12. RossRobObey

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    Ok, I think I will put my app. in asap then, but would any of you suggest putting RT off until I'm 18 (or will be 18 when I pass out) or should I just go in first opportunity.
     
  13. Ashley

    Ashley New Member

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    Go the first chance you get. You shouldn't be hanging around too long between end of RT and your 18th birthday as they want to keep you from getting bored and leaving after spending all that money to train you. So basically you can voulenteer for specialisation or maybe for the RMVT or RMDT.

    Good luck,

    Ash