Paras or marines

Marines or paras?


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#22
Be different.

Join the Foreign Legion and find out what military life is like at the bottom of the heap first. Become a Para there and get loads more jumps in. Be based in one of Corsica's premier tourist resorts. March further, faster and carrying more kit. Learn another language. Go on Ops. Go on Ops again. Go on several short rotational tours to various exotic places. Do several specialist training courses. Learn to drink. Learn to do much phys after drinking. Etc., etc, etc.

After five years come out and (if you still want to) then go for a Commission in the RM or the Parachute Regt.
I reckon that could be (though not necessarily) soul destroying to someone who wants to be an officer in the British military - the modus operandi of the FFL and the British Army are worlds apart. I've only worked once with 2e REP in Corsica and with several 2e REP after leaving the Army and spoke to a few who had been ex British military before joining. They all agreed that very little free thinking was allowed.

I do agree about more ops, parachuting, learning a version of French, and of course Corsica. But not 'march further, faster and carrying more kit'
 

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#24
Alternatively, skip the middle man and go straight for 21 or 23 SASR.
 
#25
You've come on a website asking people what you should do for a career ?
Join neither, both units are groaning at the seams with decisive motivated chaps and dont need a dithering fanny like you .
Hope that helped?
I'm just a kid who wanted some input from regs and vets for a career I'll be pursuing in 5 years
 
#28
I reckon that could be (though not necessarily) soul destroying to someone who wants to be an officer in the British military - the modus operandi of the FFL and the British Army are worlds apart. I've only worked once with 2e REP in Corsica and with several 2e REP after leaving the Army and spoke to a few who had been ex British military before joining. They all agreed that very little free thinking was allowed.

I do agree about more ops, parachuting, learning a version of French, and of course Corsica. But not 'march further, faster and carrying more kit'
You can think freely as much as you want, you just can't put any of it into practice, :) . Realistically at least not until you make "Sergent" (roughly equivalent to UK Corporal/Sergeant), which is possible within five years if you are good; or if you become a specialist such as medic, radio telegraphist, etc. As regards the marching - I had it on good authority from both former Paras and Marines post-Falklands.
 
#30
Should I join the Paras or Marines as an officer. I'm exactly 50/50 split between the two and can't decide between airborne or amphibious. I love a good challenge, and I definitely want to be the best of the best. The ultimate end goal is SAS selection, so maybe one would help better than the other. Thanks!
They you go
49 Para is your best bet
 
#31
You can think freely as much as you want, you just can't put any of it into practice, :) . Realistically at least not until you make "Sergent" (roughly equivalent to UK Corporal/Sergeant), which is possible within five years if you are good; or if you become a specialist such as medic, radio telegraphist, etc. As regards the marching - I had it on good authority from both former Paras and Marines post-Falklands.
Send me the names of the British Paras. I will publicly shame them :-D

I've no problem with people wanting to join 2e REP - follow your dream.

But the Navy....
 
#33
Be different.

Join the Foreign Legion and find out what military life is like at the bottom of the heap first. Become a Para there and get loads more jumps in. Be based in one of Corsica's premier tourist resorts. March further, faster and carrying more kit. Learn another language. Go on Ops. Go on Ops again. Go on several short rotational tours to various exotic places. Do several specialist training courses. Learn to drink. Learn to do much phys after drinking. Etc., etc, etc.

After five years come out and (if you still want to) then go for a Commission in the RM or the Parachute Regt.
What are the regular fitness tests in the FFL then ?

And we'll decide which is harder.
 
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