Parachute Regt or RM !!!! ?

Discussion in 'Infantry' started by JK_Easy, Jul 30, 2007.

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  1. Im sure this has been made many times before, but im new and dont fully understand these forums 'yet'.

    I have a PRMC January 2008.. this will be my second time. Im also intersted in the Paras, and im completely lost and confused and don't know what to do anymore. I know its up to me what ever i join, but i need some back up on this. Since failing my PRMC i have learnt a lot, wised up and became more determined. I've heard the Paras are just as tough as the RM but i obviously don't know for sure. What sets them apart? I'm intersted in the Paras due to there specialisations etc etc and RM because they already have my full details and theres no hassle if i pass.

    Please help me, and note out in full detail what would be the best idea..

    Thanks alot

    JK.
     
  2. It seems you dont have enough info on either so why not go on the insight weekend with the Para's ask at your local AFCO for details on this but dont commit just because one of them has your details and it will be less time consuming.
     
  3. I know a fair bit about the RM, but not much about the Paras. I will most ring up and find out about the insight course, cheers for that.
     
  4. So what would they be then? Parachuting - funding for which has been cut.

    Bottom line I don't think you have much of a clue at all apart from you want to be in a regiment with a good reputation. If you want a varied career or at least the chance to do a lot and then go into a specialisation whilst being in a regiment with a good reputation then RM is for you (and I'm not a Booty btw). The impression I get is you're more interested in the social cachet of an elite unit than 'specialisations'.
     
  5. You sound as though your still not sure what you want. Concentrate on your upcoming PRMC, dig out and then you can consider your options.
    Pass- prepare to become intimately acquainted with Woodbury,Heartbreak Lane and various other Devon locations..you even get to big time it over the baby sailors at Raleigh.
    Fail-Rock up to your AFCO and try to persuade the recruiter that although you've failed PRMC twice you are a sound investment for HMG.
    That being said, good luck.
    PS
     
  6. Try for the elite. the RAF fire service. All the volleyball you want & a nice shiney helmet
     
  7. JK.[/quote]So what would they be then? Parachuting - funding for which has been cut.[/quote]

    From what I can gather there seems to be a lot of dis-information regarding this. The number of jumps courses was / is affected due to demand on aircraft but courses are still being run and unit level jumps are undertaken. They might not be as often as before but they do exist......honest.

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/TrainingAndAdventure/InPicturesArmyJumpsToItOnExerciseEaglesEye.htm

    It was not uncommon to go 6 months without a lob then get half a dozen in within a short space of time (and I'm talking over 17 yrs ago), seems like things don't change that much.
     
  8. So what would they be then? Parachuting - funding for which has been cut.[/quote]

    From what I can gather there seems to be a lot of dis-information regarding this. The number of jumps courses was / is affected due to demand on aircraft but courses are still being run and unit level jumps are undertaken. They might not be as often as before but they do exist......honest.

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/TrainingAndAdventure/InPicturesArmyJumpsToItOnExerciseEaglesEye.htm

    It was not uncommon to go 6 months without a lob then get half a dozen in within a short space of time (and I'm talking over 17 yrs ago), seems like things don't change that much.[/quote]

    My bold - correct. For instance, i and others from my unit did between 3 and 5 jumps each last weekend.
     
  9. A difference that is often missed is that RM is a Corps not a regiment.

    I know Royals who have never served in a Commando, one who spent his entire time as a signals wing storeman at CTCRM Lympstone.

    The RM do have some specialist possibilities not found routinely in Army regiments however.

    As has been said, do some more research but take all the hyped bull with a large pinch of salt in both cases.
     
  10. Thats a very good point. blokes will share the same cap badge and gobb off massively but they wont actually be infantry.

    school friend joined up and got out recently however he knew f*ck all about inf tactics, he did know stacks about blankets and folding though!

    Plus the Reg go in first anyway, so unless you want to spend your career holding on to the coat tails of the reg I wouldn't join RM..(there you go, there the hyped up bull for you! :D )

    Red
     
  11. You've got to be either: A) Seriously unlucky or B) A complete and utter throbber to get pinged for that kind of job straight out of Lympstone!

    12 blokes from my troop went straight into 40cdo and straight on Optag ready to deploy on Herrick this Sept. Prospects aren't that bad!