When I am old enough I plan on joining the royal marines as an officer. Would a platoon commander go on patrols apart from fighting patrols and ambushes? would they go on recce patrols or standing patrols? What about company and battalion commanders? I have heard a lot of people say that they don't fight even in company or battalion attacks. yet their are plenty of battalion commanders who lead the attack in the field with the rest of the men rather than back at an office. take lt. col H jones of 3 para for instance. He lead an attack on goose green in the falklands and got a VC. would they ever fight?