Which Commando Unit

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How does one go about deciding which Commando Unit to apply for after training.

Do they, for example, have different roles - cold weather, jungle, etc?

Do you maybe get to know what each is doing for a number of years ahead, in order to make a choice?

Or is it pot luck?
 

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I think at the moment 42 is pretty full and they don't need many more people so 40,45 and FPG are probably going to be the only options and even then it'll depend on how many spaces they have.
 

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I think at the moment 42 is pretty full and they don't need many more people so 40,45 and FPG are probably going to be the only options and even then it'll depend on how many spaces they have.

FPGRM is apparently needing more people, as their task is growing with drug raids etc. So I think there's probably a slightly higher likelihood of getting posted there.
 

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How does one go about deciding which Commando Unit to apply for after training.

Do they, for example, have different roles - cold weather, jungle, etc?

Do you maybe get to know what each is doing for a number of years ahead, in order to make a choice?

Or is it pot luck?

You get asked to put your top 5 requests in order of most desired. It is in their interest to keep you happy, but they are also *text deleted* put you where they need you.

45 is typically seen as the cold weather specialists as they were always posted on NATO's northern flank, so did alot lot more arctic warfare training.

I personally want 40 as I live a stones throw away and know a few Marines that do or have worked there.
 

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Win the Kings Badge and you get what you want
 

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Hi Old Man, they are asked for 4 choices in order of preference. Corps manning requirements determine where they will be sent though. When my son passed out approx 40 lads were sent to either 40 or FPG as 42 & 45 were virtually full and ready to deploy imminently, only a handful went either of those. The ones going to a Commando unit are usually sent to Leckonfield first to get all their driving licences.

All the units do the same training be it Cold Weather, Jungle etc, any one of them have to be ready to deploy anywhere at short notice.

They are given an indication of possible foreign training exercises for the units but everything is changeable, the only given at the moment seems to be Afghan.

Good luck to your son.

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Jay
 

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Thanks Jay et al,

Was already aware of the general rules of drafting - state your preference - subject to the needs of the service etc.

It's also apparent that all 3 commandos will see service in Afghanistan at some time or other.

But assuming ones preference was for a commando, how does one make the choice.

Is it for example, by selecting the one with their base nearest to home, or are there other considerations.

During my time in the RN, I could opt for a particular ship, knowing some of its itinerary, or I could state a preference for serving in a particular part of the world - the Far East or the Carribean for example.

Interesting bit about the driving there Jay. Do all RMCs learn to drive as a matter of course or is it again, down to the needs of the service?
 
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how long do you serve in a unit for?

becuase i couldnt spend more than a year in FPG
 

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Dont know but my friend has only been there a few months and is already doing his landing craft course...
 

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I think at the moment everyone who passes RT is trained as a driver, I think this is because there is a shortage of people to drive the vikings. I may be wrong though.
 

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Leckonfield doesn't train you to drive Vikings, that is specialised training done at Bovington if you join the Armoured Support Coy. Leckonfield trains up to & including HGV. Not all recruits get the driving course it depends on numbers, those going on to a Commando unit are generally getting sent there at the moment.

Old Man, you just pick the unit you like the sound of I think, alot seem to pick 42 & 40 because they are in the south and for the nightlife *text deleted*. In the last 9 months alot picked 42 & 45 because they were the next units deploying to Afghan. Late on in training you are given a talk about specialisations and units I guess most choose then.

Alot do get sent to FPG, whilst it may be boring "behind the wire" they do get some good foreign trips and good leave periods to compensate for the boredom.
 

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Is there a dog section in the FPG? As i would actually be quite interested in that.
 

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yeah i thought about that a few years ago but i dont want to join the army.
 
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wrong attitude to have danny mate! your *text deleted* be told to do ALOT of things you dont like and youll do them for how long they want like it or not.
If you think you cudnt spend more than a year doing something theyl want you to do seriously re-consider.

to be fair, im sure everyone thinks this about fpg, thats why many people choose a commando unit
 
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