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Would it be impossible?

Discussion in 'Royal Marines Band' started by Logi, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. Logi

    Logi Well-Known Member

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    I've always liked music and was pretty good at flute whilst doing gcse's got an A in my performance and have always wanted to get back into it, I'm sick of doing rubbish jobs I hate like waitressing and cleaning, I have fancied being a nurse for a while but with husband joining the marines not going to be around anywhere long enough to go to uni, since watching him pass out and watching the drill I have been so fascinated with the royal marines band, what they do what they stand for and I can not stop thinking about it, however my husband has just passed out and we have a 3 year old, I'm guessing these two factors would make it impossible for me to have anything to do with the band as I wouldn't be the same place as my husband and then with our child aswell??
     
  2. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Nothing is impossible. Impossible is an opinion.


    That being said, I could imagine it might get difficult but there are facilities and options available to 2 service parents, what they are, I am not entirely sure. I do not have kids, but I am sure a similar question was asked, and I think @Ninja_Stoker had an official answer?

    I am not too sure on the Band Service, I know they are absolutely drill ninjas and smash the ceremony side of things, as for non-ceremony roles I am not sure, last I read/heard they were stretcher bearers medics? I feel quite ignorant that I know so little about them?
     
  3. Logi

    Logi Well-Known Member

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    Yes I know they take on a medic role which is another reason that i can't seem to forget about it as like a said I wanted to do nursing but moving about with different units would of made that difficult, the whole thing the more I look into it the more taken I am with it I've mentioned it to my hubby but don't think he realises I'm serious he just thinks I'm sad wanting to be a bandy haha, but I really can't see how it would work :/ @Ninja_Stoker do you have any advice? I would have to get fit enough and brush up on my music again but I'm seriously thinking about it in the next year or so once my hubby is settled
     
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  4. wellmemedmyboy

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    Why not? I wish you luck and hope you do it!
    Get your kid in RM cadets right away and then you are a bootneck family :cool:;)
     
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  5. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    As @ThreadpigeonsAlpha states it's not impossible, but it would be hard. Although the initial training is carried out at CTC, the music side of things is done in Portsmouth and lasts for a couple of years at least. Whilst there maybe the odd draft in that area for your OH, they are in the main for SNCOs and Officers, although I could be wrong.

    After training, there are currently 6 bands, 3 of which are based in the Portsmouth area, one at CTC, one at Plymouth and one in Scotland; so the chances of spending a lot of time separated are high, especially when you factor in your husband's deployments.

    Way down the line, OH could be a PW/DL based at CTC taking a Troop through RT and you could be in the Band leading them onto the parade ground at a KS pass out!

    Impossible? No.

    Hard? Definitely!

    Alan
     
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

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    For married couples in the Armed Forces with dependent children, the service will endeavour not to deploy both simultaneously. Beyond that, childcare is the responsibility of the parents.

    Royal Marines Commandos below sergeant, in the main, are going to be based in Lympstone, Taunton, Plymouth, Chiverton, Faslane & Arbroath.

    Royal Marines Musicians will spend 2 years, 8 months trainng in Portsmouth (15 weeks in Lympstone), after which they will join a band in Portsmouth, Fareham, Torpoint, Lympstone or Rosyth.

    Musicians, besides the core working day, often work weekends and evenings.

    As a family, you are looking primarily at who will be looking after children day to day and where the child(ren) will live. On top of this, it is highly likely, as parents, one or other of you, or both, will spend most of your free time commuting between your family home at weekends.

    It would be difficult, without a doubt. One thing you could consider, if you want to pursue a military career, is that musicians can join up to age 32 and 11 months, possibly this may make things more viable later in life, particularly if your partner takes on the role of primary carer.
     
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  7. Chelonian

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    Options to consider:

    Whatever career path you eventually take, you can already start 'foundation' training that will be relevant to an eventual career choice.

    Nothing to stop you developing your musician skills at home now. In fact, your little 'un is a captive audience who will no doubt applaud even the direst performance! :)

    As regards nursing and medical qualifications, perhaps take a look at access and foundation courses that may be available on a basis that takes into account your parental responsibilities.

    The above options are perhaps feasible now and could lay a foundation that will be of practical use when your husband eventually gets a draft that will give you 'stability of geographic home location' to pursue your own career dreams.

    I'm simply throwing some ideas into the mix for consideration. Good luck.
     
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  8. Bry-hes

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    WIN!!
     
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  9. Logi

    Logi Well-Known Member

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    I have already started looking up music teachers in helensburgh for when I move there with him in the next month, would probably be more suitable when he's down south as well as most seem to be there but like I say just looking into it trying to work out if it would be possible maybe when the little one isn't so little, don't suppose they do reserves do they??
     
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  10. Ninja_Stoker

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    There aren't RM Reservists who are RM Musicians but there are RN Regular & Reserve Nurses as alluded by @Chelonian. Regular service Naval Nurses serving in the Navy tend to be based in Portsmouth or Plymouth in the main & seldom get drafted to sea.
     
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  11. Logi

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    I have thought about the reserve nurses before only in a quick passing thought, it's just since seeing the band in person, I always watch videos on facebook and you tube all the time anyway but but really been looking at them now plus the training at the beginning would be good to challenge myself however probably is going to be to hard with having a serving husband and children :/ reserves maybe something worth looking into then so I can still be a nurse on a part time bases and still be at home Hindi the reserves work @Ninja_Stoker ?
     
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  12. Logi

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    Is it correct that I would have to join As general duties then specialise as a nurse? Would the navy put me through the qualifications and training for it? Never saw myself having anything to do with the military before but since my husband has and seeing how proud everyone is I just want to actually do something with my life plus I'm so jealous he is going to get to go see the world and I'm stuck at home cleaning toilets and serving burgers at McDonald's :/
     
  13. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

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    As far as I was aware, when I looked into reserve Nursing, you had to be registered first anyway?
    Don't take that as gospel though. I think that might just be RAF paramedic reservists.


    Is there any other options you would like to try within the reserves? The RAF Reserves have options too, and the Army, special constables? go forth and research! Be a sponge, soak up as much information as possible, There's always options.
     
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    To add from what @ThreadpigeonsAlpha says above, if ya cant find online anything you want to do or its unclear. If they guys on here cant help perhaps you could call or visit a local AFCO and have a chat with them.. I assume they will know of all the roles available and you can chat with people clued up on all branches that way.
     
  15. old-lynx-mech

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    Why stop there a full blown teaching career is possible. Its a portable qualification that you can take with you wherever the OH goes and what with all the twists and turns that life brings it would be wise to have your own career.
    Good luck with your choice(s):)
     
  16. The guide

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    wait out ..and join the actual :eek:Marines this year maybe..!...:mad:..

    Bandies do a basic med courses (first aid) they don't do a medics role per,see..which is just on a 1 year course with the new defence medic course in place. ..they may assist in Aid posts and act a ambulance drivers..and also perfrom the CBRN assistant role...

    Their basic military courseat CTC is no push over either..more than a few females drop out from the intake.!!

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  17. Logi

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    Hmmmm could do both be a music teacher and join th
    Haha I don't think I could hack the full marines course the 15 week for the bandys would be tough enough!
     
  18. Logi

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    @old-lynx-mech I could be a music teacher and join the reserves haha :)
     
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  19. Ninja_Stoker

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    Only the regular service recruit student nurses as it is a full time course that takes about 3 years 2.5 months, three years of which is through Birmingham Uni. Student Nurses need 300 UCAS points.

    The RNR take on qualified nurses who continue to work in the NHS but part time in the Navy.

    The main difference with regular service Naval Nurses is they are less likely to work in geriatric or paediatric nursing.

    For the RM Band Service, no formal qualifications are required but to get through audition, you need to be about Grade 5 ability or better. If you play flute, you'll most likely be tutored on a secondary orchestral instrument (usually strings) from scratch to grade 8 in 2 years 8 months.
     
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  20. Marlis

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    Good luck logi, it's important to have some ideas and dreams for yourself - children grow up quicker than you imagine!
     
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