RM officers start training as a commissioned officer (second lieutenant). They are awarded a second pip on completion of training.I see he is sporting a pip on his shoulder, I was always under the impression that he had tossed it in part way through the course, prior to being commissioned.
He came to SEE weeks after. We had a fair few RM tels techs in training. . They said please wear a normal jumper without the RM on. They said FO....anyway it turned out all RM got Wed to Tues off, bucksee. They were good.And also had the balls to admit that it wasn't for him/up to it,and left.
It did lead to some amusing exchanges with a couple of RM junior officers attached to 1 PARA (not enough RM Tp Comd vacancies):
nothing new under the sun