Advice Regarding Cross-Service Commission

#1
Hi there. I'm currently a serving soldier in the Army and have been put forward as a potential officer. I'm currently looking at career options here and was curious if it was possible for me to try for a commission in the Royal Marines? Basically, is a serving soldier able to attempt AIB and the RM Potential Officer Course?

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#2
Hi Ares,

Welcome to RR.

You can indeed apply for RM Officer or RM other rank selection whilst still serving in the Army, however in my experience the Army frequently states to the serving soldier that he must leave first. This is in fact incorrect, as RAF personnel may apply to transfer whilst still serving, as indeed may RN personnel (subject to manning clearance) but often at Regiment/Corps level the individual unit will not entertain it, due to manning shortages.

The obvious gamble if you leave & fail to pass selection you're out of a job. If your unit will not give you permission whilst serving contact your Local AFCO before you submit notice to leave the Army & speak directly to an RN/RM Careers Adviser.

Good luck.




Hope this isn't a wind-up & your user name isn't an anagram!
 

wet_blobby

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#3
Ares, in my day, (not as current as ninja) it wasn't unusual to have pongos join up as recruits be it rupert or nod. what usually happened was they did selection and if accepted they would do a paper exersise, I.E leave the army monday, join the marines tuesday.

It also used to happen in reverse when the lads would join the SAS, they'd do selection, be selected then leave one and join the other having to "adopt" an army Regt at the same time. Happened to a friend of mine that a bloke called mitch wrote a book about.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#4
In the ideal world WB's experiences would still be fully applicable & possibly are when it comes to UKSF stuff (Not particularly clued-up on those aspects.)

By way of comparison, I'm aware of a guy that had to actually leave the Corps (RM) as they would not allow him to transfer "in-service" to a specific RN specialisation. Having said that it is rather unusual to have someone leave the RM & join the other services, other than SF, it's usually the reverse in my experience.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#6
Absolutely Blobbs, entirely understood. I think the SF stuff probably still stands to be honest, but we're all (each arm of the services) so busy squabbling over manpower at the moment that the average unfortunate individual is seldom allowed to transfer without fear of losing their initial job if they fail some aspect of selection for a different arm of the services.
 

wet_blobby

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#7
'Tis a sad state of affairs, mate of mine in Bravo Coy was an ex army signaller who had arrived via colchester for dropping a DL on the parade square at Lympstone (how fcuking cool was that!) and is now (was) Aussie SAS.........ten points for guessing his nickname, considering he was an aussie.
 

wet_blobby

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#9
Gotta be a bite but it was "dinger"......sorry should have mentioned his second name, you'd of got it first time.

That's me having to do halloween with screaming kids everywhere, distracts you to the point of sacrifice.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#10
D'oh!

Should've got that one.

Had a good one tonight: Little lad (about 5 or 6) knocks on my door, with his Mum behind: "Trick or treat?" he says.

"Erm, Ooooh, I'll have a treat please" Says I.

"No, you're meant to give me the treat!" He yells.

"Oh, sorry" I uttered as the door gently closed on them both.

Don't you just love it when that happens, eh? Bless.
 

wave_dodger

MIA
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#13
Ares, one of my Sgts (RSigs) is doing similar but with the light blue (I know I have tried and tried but she won't listen) - going to the interview/boards is not an issue, MCM Div however are being quite difficult about ensuring she is out of the Army by a wide margin before she starts in the RAF. Quite why they are being so difficult god only knows.

Now she has passed her selection, she is currently waiting for her exit date and then entry to Cranwell. Its all a complete pain because as she leaves her entitlement to a MQ is in dispute, which is what I am currently fighting.

We seem to enjoy making it difficult for ourselves.
 
#14
sorry to hi-jack this thread, but if u get in as a commando in the RM, and you have 5 gcse's incld english & maths, can u join at any time as an officer or do u still need the A-Levels? obviously this could be risky aswell if u didnt pass officer training u wud be out of a job...?
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#15
Good question, well put.

In short, Jlong, you only need 5 GCSE's , grade C upwards, including maths & English, to apply for a Corps Commission. (A Levels not required to become Officer from within the service).

But, & it's a big BUT, despite the fact you may have completed other rank Commando course, you have to do the complete (Young Officer) Commando Course, if under 26 & if you fail, you cannot revert to Other Rank, you become unemployed.

By far the best way to become a Commando Officer is to get the A levels & join as an Officer.
 

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