Well going along the line of how your question is being answered, i went there on 4 occasions to help pull dead fuel tankers off RoRo ships, did 2 COT demos there and did a 1 week Powerboat course, which was good but had to wear bloody drysuits all week when it was roasting but apart from that, cant help you.
Jaydee, I spent 16 years in Marchwood as a Navigator/Mariner then went into ARTD (Recruit training) and now I am in Army HQ, so I should be able to help you out here............Ser........Requirements..............Remarks1 Career Entry Requirement GTI Min 50.Colour Perception min CP2 (Holmes Wright Lantern Test).Giving CP1MAQ - GCSE Maths grade A* to D.2 Requirement for Class 3 Pass Class 3 course (10M/CG01).Complete Mariner Log Book entries3 Requirement for Class 2 Minimum 24 months employment experience at Class 3.Complete Mariner Log Book entries Pass Class 2 course (10M/CG02).4 Requirement for Class 1 Minimum of 24 months employment experience at Class 2.Complete Mariner Log Book entries (to be defined).Substantive Cpl for 12 months.Pass Class 1 course (10M/CG03).5 Requirement for promotion to SSgt Substantive Sgt for 12 months.Complete RCL Commanders Course.Sorry if this comes out all wrong as I am typing from DII
Once at the regiment, what are the deployments like?, to where?, Onboard what? How long/often?
Occasionally a sunshine tour will come up in Belize, the Med or other sunny clime, but these are rare, you'll probably find that most of your early career will be spent maintaining kit in Marchwood or chugging around the solent between Southampton and Portsmouth. If you get in quick you might get to go to Cyprus and do a 3 month stint as a decky on the last RCL out there, don't know how long we will keep hold of that though, you could just as easily end up in Scotland for a few months. In the past the regiment has deployed vessels in support of hurricane relief efforts in Haiti and also to Tristen Da Cuna to support the reconstruction of a jetty, so there are some interesting trips that crop up occasionally. Trips away can vary in length generally no longer than 6 months (such as a stint in the Falklands) or 4 months cruising the med Looky here or 5 days hanging around the isle of white.
What are the promotion prospects? and civilian qualification gained?
If you are already qualified as an MCA commercial Skipper, you shouldn't have issues with any of the trade courses, and if you are any good then promotion every few years shouldn't be impossible, trouble is promotion isn't just based on how well you can drive a boat.
Tristan De Cunha, that was an awesome trip, one of my best and one of my last before I left the Regt, loved belize (before Rosies was burnt down), lived in Cyprus. I've only been away from the trade 5 years and I bet its all changed now. And as for promotion as Bovril says, its not all about driving, its a small trade and very incestuous, just watch your back and I'm sure you'll have a great time there.