Ive just looked back over this post and frankly i was talking sh*t. i decided i didn't like the marines and should have gotten over it rather than worrying whether id be tough enough for all arms para/commando. Ignore it all.
If you could have hacked the commando course why didnt you, people try and use other excuses for not doing it! You can always do it again in the Engineers with 59, don't expect 9 sqn to be much different!
Not living outside for a career?? Do you think it is any different elsewhere in the Army especially if you do decide to do P Coy, regardless of what you do you will spend the majority of your time living outside when on exercise. If you could piss the commando course join 59 Cdo Sqn Royal Engineers!! You seem to have an image that just the infantry tab piss wet through in winter with very little sleep!! I would question your motives.
RE: "If you could have hacked the commando course why didnt you, people try and use other excuses for not doing it! You can always do it again in the Engineers with 59, don't expect 9 sqn to be much different!
The 'commando course' is the last 6 weeks (exluding king's squad) of RM training, it's during this time you undertake your final exercise and do the commando tests culminating in the 30 miler. It is fookin hard. However, if a RM recruit has reached this stage of training he'll make it, he's done the hard bit. It's the 25 weeks leading up to the course that's the hard part. The mental pressure, the continual fear of beastings and the PT on bottom field destroy you. It's during this time when I was suffering from the flu, yomping across dartmoor psiss wet through in the middle of winter and with 4 hours sleep in the last 3 days that I decided the infantry wasn't for me. I don't doubt I could handle the commando tests but I cant handle the role marines have to do.
With regard to 9 sqn your only passing criteria test on a course that lasts 7 weeks including the pre-para. I dont want infantry I want a trade and not living outside for a career. I just want to prove my fitness on P company. Oh, and jump out of an aircraft!
My mate broke 4 bones in his foot on the 30 miler at about the 8 miles point then fell over at the 20 mile point and fractured his ankle and still finished it, but I suppose that is why he is still in the marines and your not.
the whole purpose of being a marine is to prove your fitness and metal strength, that is why opted to be a piss head in the engineers rather than put my self through all that poo!!
but I found out during training that it is much the same as the marines but they cram it all in to a shorter period of time that's all!!
I think you need to find a different career. If you thought 3 weeks was hard try doing it for 4 and 1/2 years which is minimum service now as I understand so if I was you I would look for something different.
the Army does get easier when you have finished training but it is still groundhog day and very mentally tiring not doing much all day and semi praying for a war so at least you can do something!!
Bit of advice, if you are as gobby as you come across on here it will be a very short career and believe me the P Coy staff will pick up on it straight away. In fact I know of one of them that regularly visits this site!!