Not to be confused with the ACF, Marine Cadets (now Royal Marines Cadets) are actually part of the Sea Cadet Corps. Just as the Royal Marines are part of the Royal Navy, Sea Cadet units may open a (Royal) Marine Cadet Detachment. Their training is based around the Royal Marines training with all the fun stuff removed by H&S nazis, meaning that they basically just default to the ACF training manual anyway. Some marine cadets ultimately aspire to a career in the Royal Marines and a future of Naked Rollmat Fighting and questionable drinking games.
So why not just join the ACF?
The main differences between the ACF and RMC are:
- uniform (RMCs are issued Best Blues, which to a cadet and disturbingly some staff (see Walt) means a lot)
- being part of the SCC means access to all boating activities as well as soldiering ones - this does not include beach assaults, even in a green ford fiesta.
- Charity status means they have to fund themselves, but is less affect by MOD and Call Me Dave's shafting of the defence budget.
- The 'Elite' name
- Army cadets smell
The Marine Cadet Section was formed in 1955 by request of the Commandant General Royal Marines. It has since grown to just under 1/3 of Sea Cadet Units having Marine Cadet Detachments.
'Royal' Marines Cadets
In April 2010 the Queen announced that the Marine Cadets would henceforth be entitled to use the Royal prefix. The new title of Royal Marines Cadets has in fact made no differece save for the large amount of money spent on new letterheads, and pandering to the ever inflating egos are certain cadets and AIs.
Nope! Neither cadets nor adult staff wear Commando Berets, unless they have done the course. Shame the same cannot be said for the KMCF. RMC staff who are former Royal Marines Commandos or serviceman who have passed AACC may wear the green lid(and Lympstone do check). Also it is not uncommon to see serving marines wearing their green lid helping out with RMC activities. There's also one chap who is SCC and wears a cherry beret, which confuses me.
All CFAVs (Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer) seem to instantly get branded as Walts. RMC are no different from any other cadet force: most CFAVs are jolly good eggs, however a minority can be classed as oxygen theives or Walts. Any large gathering will be liberally sprinckled with Lowas, Jetboils, Snugpacks, Para Webbing, Para Smocks, and t-shirts that read "God is Airbourne, he Failed the Commando Course", etc, though most companies now ban assault vests and chest webbing.