RM officer career

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  1. Hey guys, I have a question about the RM officer career progression, and RM officers vs Army officers. I know that this is the army forum, but I hope you'll be able to give me some advice!

    I know that RM officers can specialise, which is good, but the one thing that I don't want is to be stuck behind a desk, especially at the beginning of my career. What can officers do after the first year or two, how can they specialise? What variety of opportunities does the RM provide.

    The army has loads of opportunities - with deployments and bases in dozens of countries, the possibilities are endless. As it is a much larger service, the breadth of opportunities available is obviously larger in the army than in the RM. The RM don't have bases and active deployments all over the place! With the RM, possibilities seem much more limited. I guess what I am really asking is how does the career progression of an RM officer, both breadth and 'attainment level', compare with what's available in the army. If there are any serving officers on here, how have you found your years as an officer? What have you done since you joined?

    I want to join the RM, don't get me wrong. If I joined the army, the only option that I would want to take would be the paras. The paras are amazing, we all know that, but I feel that the RM are more for me than the paras. I want my green beret, but I also want to know that I will have a decent amount of options open to me in the future - I'm only 20, I don't really know where I want to be in 10 years, let alone 5! One more thing. What kind of secondment opportunities are available? Could an RM officer serve with a different branch of the forces for a while? Is there any downside to this?

    What are the positives and negatives of joining up as a marine vs army, in terms of what is available at the start and in the future. I'm not one of these people asking which is better out of the paras or the marines, I would be honoured to join up with either of them. I want a long term career with a force, so I want to make the right choice!

    Thanks, guys, I know that this is a massive question!
  2. I don't know if this helps at all from a septic perspective but I am a retired USMC officer, now an academic and faculty adviser to a student organization comprised of approximately 40 students who are at various stages of the USMC officer training programs. Basic idea is they sign up and then go to officer selection training during the summer (hot and humid)so as no to interfere with their academics. They go to a total of 12 weeks training split between 2 summers or a 10 week program if they sign up as upperclassmen and do not have 2 summers left.

    In answer to what I understand to be the thrust of your question, however, I can say that to a man or woman (yes we are coed for non-combat specialties) none of them ever asked the basic questions you are asking in terms of whether to go into another service or the Marines.

    This is not a reflection of their lack of intelligence or anything in that they are all bright students but once they began considering entry into the military they did not need to look beyond the Marines since they were specifically seeking more of an all-encompassing ethos rather than any particular specialty, career pattern etc. Once they enrolled in the program they then began to look at specific career paths etc. but within the scope of what the USMC offers.

    My point is that if you have to ask about the different opportunities etc. in sort of a balance sheet approach, this may be a signal to you that the Marines may not be your cup of tea in the first place. Having served with RMs in various capacities and attended a good deal of their training I tend to think they look at this in a very similar way.

    IMHO, you need to ask the big question--do you want to be a RM officer--period full stop and without worrying about what skills, assignments etc. may follow. Unless you can honestly answer that question with a confident yes, that could be an indicator that another less "cloistered" service may be better suited for you.

    Whatever you choose, I commend you even considering the military in general and wish you good luck.
  3. Try this fecker on for size

  4. Good one-I had read about him elsewhere--I am only a couple years older--maybe... nah, bad idea. :D
  5. RM Officer all the way. Nails.
  6. remember you can join the Army and still do the Commando Cse.
  7. Try asking your question again on Rum Ration
    Rum Ration
    May get a lot more info
  8. My worse half 8) moved from RLC to RM, mainly to look for specialising in various operations to give him more experience for SRR. So far Op Taurus and a few other 'exciting challenges (Helo courses in Scotland and so forth)

    His opinion of RM vs Army are that he had a lot more time to actually 'do something different' in the Army in his personal time(Adventure training etc), where as at present he feels very restricted. However, he is now in the best shape of his life due to the training endured to pass as a RM. As a RM Officer the training is longer also.

    Our household shall be fun soon hopefully if I pass MB.

    Just another opinion.


  9. Maybe you should do some research about the Royal Marines, maybe go into you careers office and tell them your are incredibly interested in becoming an officer in the Royal Marines, seeing as they are deployed all over the world, you will be well travelled when you come out. You'll need the following basics first though

    180 UCAS points
    Five GCSE's A*-C (must include English and Maths)

    Anyway after commissioning as an officer there are shed loads of opportunities out there to name but a few:

    Air-Defence Officer
    Commando Training Instructor
    Helicopter or Fast jet pilot
    Signals Officer
    Special Boat Service
    Weapons Training Officer
  10. That is what I meant by "cloistered" in my previous post. It is not that Marine officers are "narrow" necessarily but the Marines (here or there) can be a demanding "mistress." (not in the human sense of course JustBlonde! :D )