Changing career options - Navy engineering to marines?

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  1. Hey all, apologies if this has been asked before, I passed my aptitude test today and was offered my place in the Navy as a marine engineer. Though I've been thinking about it over the past month and asked about the marines today. I told my recruiter and he enquired about my fitness levels (Which aren't great) but I am torn as I want my engineering qualifications but feel that the marine life would suit me better.

    My concern is will I mess up my Royal Navy application if I decide to go for the marines and fail?

    Many thanks, it's a confusing time.
  2. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    Why do you believe that marine life would suit you better? You have already indicated that you are not a Sport Billy.
  3. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Perhaps he plays a hoofin' triangle... :wink:
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  4. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    I was thinking more a hoofing Call of Duty to be honest.
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  5. The life appeals a bit more. It's true that I wasn't sporty, silly mistake. Much sportier now, it's just a case of having to build up from scratch which is going well.
  6. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    A pretty non-specific answer Taff, but good luck anyway.
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You are at liberty to change which branch of the service you join, but as you've already appreciated, it's perhaps best not to state you want to join the Royal Machines and then declare your fitness is inadequate.

    The jobs are very different, the only similarity being the word 'marine' and the fact there are opportunities to specialise as an assault engineer or vehicle mechanic within the Corps.

    If you switch from Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer), then apply for Royal Marine but then fail selection, then later wish to revert to your original branch of preference, you won't be the first.

    That said, if you're worried about failing to pass selection for the Royal Marines through lack of preparation, one's 'spidey senses' suggest it may save time all around if you go with your original career aspiration and stop thinking about making a half-arsed attempt.

    Either way, good luck but for goodness sake, adopt a "can do" attitude rather than an "if all else fails" outlook.
  8. Thanks all, appreciate the help. Will do more research into what engineering roles are available in the Royal Marines!
  9. If you go bootie vehicle mechanic you can wear a dress with extra pockets :)
  10. What appeals to you about being a Royal Marine, TaffyJ?
  11. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    The same reasons as you perhaps, Sol..?
  12. The OP will be fine, it only took eight post before he realised he was thinking about joining the Royal Marines, not the USMC.:grin:
  13. Before fully ripping into you, it would be useful for us to know what sort of level your current fitness is at, what sort of time can you bang in a mile and a half for instance?

    If you don't know the answer to that because you've never tried, you are definitely not fit enough to join the RM.
  14. Probably the same as everyone else. A pretty beret.
  15. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You are probably correct, most adequately prepared individuals focus on passing selection rather than worry about what's left if they fail before they even try.
  16. slightly off topic but do the RM do all the Vehicle mechanic work for the Navy or is that a secondary trade you can do as a matelot?
  17. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    That bit in bold mate. I'm afraid you don't have the mindset. Stick with your RN application.
  18. Amazingly there isn't a huge requirement for cars and trucks at sea.

    I assume stuff like fire engines at air stations and white fleet is all maintained by civvies. If Jack deploys somewhere that he needs a landy, you can be pretty sure some friendly REME or RM VM will be close by to sort things out when he breaks it.

    Having said that, it wouldn't surprise me if there is some obscure draft in Brunei or somewhere for a Leading Stoker who has to look after a fiesta or something.
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  19. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    ETME's can do motor mechanic's course. Several have been employed in that capacity in Afghanistan I believe. There was a massive oversubscription to the course I believe a few years back. A couple of our stokers wanted to get on, but couldn't.
  20. I believe the CHF fleet here, Astras through osh kosh, have a few bootie VMs and possibly a couple of matelots. There are matelots there but I don't know who they are or what they do.

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