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Why did the RM used to use the USMC fitness test as the basic entry bar?

Discussion in 'Royal Marines History and Knowledge' started by Stroll147, May 20, 2020.

  1. Stroll147

    Stroll147 Active Member

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    Just a query as I was watching a documentary and just wondered, for at least officers, why the RM used to use the USMC Basic Fitness test to assess new officers (and maybe recruits I'm not too sure) when they got to Lymphstone?

    Any info appreciated, Thanks!
     
  2. The guide

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

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    Put simply, we don,t for either RMO or OR recruits.
     
  3. Stroll147

    Stroll147 Active Member

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    Yes I am aware we no longer do... I wasn't asking if we do nowadays, I was asking if anyone knows as to why during the late 80s we did?
     
  4. The guide

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

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    We never used the full USMC direct version either, it was only a basis and no more than that.! for the gym tests, and not PRMC as it became. which has gone through several versions/forms of assessment.
     
  5. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    Why does it matter?
     
  6. Stroll147

    Stroll147 Active Member

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    Do you know why they choose to do this? I always assumed it would be more likely the USMC copying the RM fitness testing..
     
  7. The guide

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

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    Not a clue !, but to be honest it is somewhat of a pointless fact nearly 40 years later, it's like asking why you put your NBC suit in your poncho roll..and if you don't know what i,m on about..that is exactly my point.!..useless info
     
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  8. Stroll147

    Stroll147 Active Member

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    It doesn't matter a single bit as it was over 30 years ago, I was just more interested as to why they did this so just a general query but sorry for asking:)
     
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  9. Stroll147

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    I'm sorry for the inquiry, just found it interesting and was hoping someone would know more on the topic as it had me confused but nevermind.:)
     
  10. The guide

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

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    You would have to find a bod who was around then and knew the ins and out of any policy decision making at that time..and they are few and far between to be fair.! Corps History is good but it has to be relevant or serve a purpose really--VC,s , Battles, a formation of the corps thats all the guys on here will need history-wise and all they should focus on really..the aim is to pass training at the end of the day, and to be fair to you there has been a spate of "very" random questions...not yours I hasten to add.!!:D..and with the other traffic on the board it,s easy to think why did they ask that.!!
     
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  11. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    That was around in my era. I can remember doing it, but as for the reasons why, I haven't got a clue and quite frankly I don't really care. I had more important things to worry about, such as mentioned by @The guide.

    Alan
     
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