Army vs Marines

#1
I'll rephrase:

I'm at university in my second year, and after going to the careers office upon leaving sixth form, they told me that with my A-levels, if I wanted to join the army, joining as an officer would be the way forward. So I applied, passed my Briefing, and now have my AOSB booked for July. I went on the marines website to get a fitness plan, and spoke with a friend who joined up this year so I could get fit for the army The more I looked at it, the more the marines appealed to me. However, I've gone that far in my army application that it seems like a waste to cancel that and go for the marines at this late stage. I was wondering, if I could keep my place at Sandhurst (should I pass the main board) and pursue the marines if I chose to, or whether applying for the marines would mean I'd have to cancel my army application, and lose my place entirely.
 
#3
Fully explore both options, once you join it will be too late.
 
#5
Im lost
 
#6
university is for the retards who want to be "individuals" wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money learning "media studies".
 
#7
your choices are very chalk and cheese. learn about both as the mentality of both is something that has to chime with what you personally feel.

Having said that, your inclination towards a need for clear boundaries/direction suggests that a more dynamic, " make the best out of a bad/difficult situation" approach as might be often found in the infantry is not for you.

Also your post was a little tricky to clearly/quickly understand, so speaking a different language that involves nod bombs, goffers, oggin, heads, galley and pusser might suit you down to the ground
 
#8
Thanks. And University, studying English literature, will leave me with a wider choice of careers upon leaving the army. It's more sound planning than anything else. And I was typing quickly as I went out the door, sorry if it didn't make sense!! I'm merely weighing up the pro's and cons of both options at the moment, and was wondering if anyone could offer any help really who is already in the armed forces...
 
#9
So you went to uni to study so you can have a better choice when you leave the forces, seems a bit of a weird reason to go to uni. 22 years in may give you better options when you leave.
 
#10
Surely educated OCdts are not a bad thing. I have no doubt that employers will rate you highly with 22 years of experience behind you. So why not 22 years and a degree? You all seem very eager to make undergrads doubt their University decision.
 
#11
private---pile said:
university is for the retards who want to be "individuals" wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money learning "media studies".
Good luck getting on without doctors/architects/engineers then cnut. If you have jack shit useful to say, then p*ss off.

As for joining the marines, have a good hard think about it, and then decide. Theres no rush, especially as your only in your second year of uni anyway, but don't feel you have gone too far to turn back, you still have your options open to you as much as you did before.
 
#12
private---pile said:
university is for the retards who want to be "individuals" wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money learning "media studies".
Good luck getting on without doctors/architects/engineers then cnut. If you have jack sh*t useful to say, then p*ss off.

As for joining the marines, have a good hard think about it, and then decide. Theres no rush, especially as your only in your second year of uni anyway. Also don't feel you have gone too far to turn back, your options are as open to you now as ever before.
 
#13
private---pile said:
university is for the retards who want to be "individuals" wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money learning "media studies".
shhh! dont let it all out of the bag, I still havent told my boss Im an individualistic, revenue munching, retarded media grad. :D


oh wait, Im not
 
#14
why dont you try continuing down the army route so you dont worry about wasting your application and if and when you do pass, just apply to go on the commando course?
 
#15
oblivion592 said:
private---pile said:
university is for the retards who want to be "individuals" wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money learning "media studies".
Good luck getting on without doctors/architects/engineers then cnut. If you have jack sh*t useful to say, then p*ss off.

As for joining the marines, have a good hard think about it, and then decide. Theres no rush, especially as your only in your second year of uni anyway. Also don't feel you have gone too far to turn back, your options are as open to you now as ever before.
pretty simple you numpty....

carry on impoting doctors from africa, india etc

carry on importing german architects

carry on importing the polish to do everything else! use your brain!
 
#16
private---pile said:
oblivion592 said:
private---pile said:
university is for the retards who want to be "individuals" wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money learning "media studies".
Good luck getting on without doctors/architects/engineers then cnut. If you have jack sh*t useful to say, then p*ss off.

As for joining the marines, have a good hard think about it, and then decide. Theres no rush, especially as your only in your second year of uni anyway. Also don't feel you have gone too far to turn back, your options are as open to you now as ever before.
pretty simple you numpty....

carry on impoting doctors from africa, india etc

carry on importing german architects

carry on importing the polish to do everything else! use your brain!
Good point! Saves on training costs and leaves me free to work on my eugenics programme to wipe certain sections of British society off the face of the earth forever. :twisted:
 
#17
private---pile said:
pretty simple you numpty....

carry on impoting doctors from africa, india etc

carry on importing german architects

carry on importing the polish to do everything else! use your brain!
No need for a brain with this plan, maybe we should all move to some sunny country.
 
#18
Scarfey, you probably need to put a bit more thought into this.

"Joining the Army" is not the same as "Joining the Marines". The Royal Marines are an infantry arm (all be they amphibious infantry, so a bit different), like the Parachute Regiment or The Rifles. So, if you want to be an infantry soldier then look at the infantry regiments, including the RM.

There are 100's of different specialisations in the British Army, even for officers, and you do yourself a diservice by not investigating them. You may feel more inclined to be an Int Coprs officer if you want to use your analytical (graduate) skills, for example, alternatively you might get all dewy-eyed and mooney when you see a lorry in which case the RLC is the way forward.

Either way, you need to do some real research and be sure about one thing: if you join the Royal Marines and you don't pass the Commando Tests, that's you finished. Done and dusted: you cannot be a RM officer without a Green Lid and you'll get one, maybe 2 stabs at the tests. If you do get into Sandhurst then you have a degree of choice in your sponsoring arm/Regiment and there is some degree of flexibility. if you decide you want to be a Bootneck after joining Sandhurst you can do the Commando Course but it's only guaranteed you'll get a place if you are going to work within 3 Cdo Bde RM (so only if you are going to be a Cdo gunner/engr/loggie really) and you won't be an infantier - you'll be supporting arm.

Have a plan - don't just make a life decision on wanting to join the military, there's a lot more to it than that.
 
#19
If you do want to go Marines, then you need to learn all about the Navy too, regardless of whether you intend on ever transferring to FPG. This will form part of your interview, and lack of knowledge will count against you just as much as lack of organisation or lack of fitness.
If you can't decide, do some Look At Life courses; see what interests you. Don't just automatically pick the Marines because the beret and TRF are cool and you liked that programme on ITV a while back...
 

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