All arms commando course

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  1. Hey there, i begin my career with the RN in April, as i have applied to be a Naval airman survival equiptment specialist.

    Is there the chance of submiting myself to the all arms commando course after completion of my phase 2 training?

    Is transition to the Royal Marines common within the royal navy? would a rating retain his rank etc etc?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated,

    Thank you
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You are advised to join as a Royal Marine if you wish to become a Commando.

    If you wish to become a NA(SE) Royal Navy Commando via the All Arms Commando Course (AACC) then for your trade, you would most likely have to join one of the Jungly squadrons working in support of 3 Cdo Brigade in order to be spared/authorised to undergo the AACC. You need to be aware it's by no means guaranteed & the cost has to be justified before you may attend.

    Once you join in one particular RN trade, you cannot usually change branches (to RM Commando for example) & generally have to leave & then re-apply to join. Typically this will take 6 months or more & can cost you in excess of £8K in lost income.
  3. Im sorry but in experience this does not ring true. I know that they do not like people swapping trades. BUT RM seems to be the exception. I know several people who have been on the PRMCC whilst still in the navy, and those who have passed have gone straight over.
  4. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Via training at CTCRM presumably.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Regardless of personal experience, and my minimal recruiting experience, the original poster was asking about AACC, not necessarily transferring to the Royal Marines itself. (Many joiners think that there are only the Royal Marines versions of Commandos & often state Marine, when they actually mean Commando):

    Transferring to the Royal Marines "in service" depends on many factors, not least manning clearance, Divisional Officers recommends & if phase two RN training has been completed- the Return of Service caveat being completed. There is no guarantee whatsoever & often AACC is the more viable option because if you fail commando training you still have employment in your source branch trade.

    From an AFCO perspective if someone wants to be a Royal Marines Commando, the only assured route is by joining as a Royal Marines Commando. The fact that some may have come across the odd individual that has achieved an "in-service " transfer previously does not mean that anyone should advise that it is an assured route -it most certainly isn't.

    The following declaration is signed when you join:

    Form S3049 RN
    Revised DNR Sept 06 Part 5 - Declaration by Candidate Continued

    I certify that:

    a) The Careers Adviser has informed me of the various branches and specialisations that I can enter and that once I have entered there is no possibility of changing my mind and try to transfer to a different branch. However, I understand that the service may transfer me to any branch that assumes the functions of the branch which I first entered. I am content with my branch of choice and have chosen to enter as:

    [align=center]YOUR BRANCH[/align]

    b) The terms and conditions of service in this rank have been explained to me and I understand them. I have not been persuaded to join by any other offer

    Candidate’s Signature Date

    Signature Witness 1 Rank

    Should you leave the RN then rejoin as a Royal Marine, you no longer have the option to submit PVR & must complete Commando Training (32 weeks minimum), then 2.5 years return of service before you can submit 12 months notice.

    Once you PVR from the RN, there's often a caveat attached stating that you may not re-apply for "x" amount of months. (Sometimes it's two years or more).
  6. I agree AACC is usually the better option. Worked out ok for me

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