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Interview Advice Needed for some peace of mind..

loki

Newbie
I have my interview tomorrow bright and early, have been reading up and trying to know as much as possible like a good little boy.....

However was having a chat with someone today who i must say increased my concern on the extremely general advice i was given of my expected knowledge.

PRMC i have found heaps of little videos and articles about on the net to compliment my other reading.

However what exactly am i expected to know? And can someone give me an indication of the sight requirements as i have "DOES meet Visual Standard 1, 2, or 3" but understand very little else on that particular form.

Anyone able to give an indication on what exactly i should expect with interview process and medical? It would be greatly appreciated.
 

Toast

MIA
Medical is a peice of cake!!

and as for the interview, they will just ask about your family and your qualities, just be relaxed and act yourself and you'll be fine! after my interview i was adamant that i failed but my afco officer told me that my interview went swimmingly well, thus i start raleigh jan 6th and have my final breif 27th nov (tuesday), so main advice for interview, know basic navy stuff, pay training etc.. and most importantly be yourself, there just interviewing you to see if you would be suitable in the navy


Thanks, Toast
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
As long as you meet visual acuity Standard 3 or better, you're OK as a Commando.

For interview Royal Marines are expected to know a bit about corps history. Example Corps knowledge questions:

1. What is the date of the birth of the Corps?

2. What is the Corps motto?

3. What does it mean?

4. Describe the CORPS cap badge and what do all the elements mean?

5. What happened at Walcheren?

6. Who was Hanna Snell?

7. What was the Corps last major battle honour?

8. Who is the Commandant General of the Royal Marines?

9. There are three Commando Units, what are they called?

10. Where are the Commando Units located?

11. What does The Fleet Protection Group do.

12. Name Five of the specialist (SQ) or Technical qualifications (DQ) that you could be trained for?

13. How long do you have to sign on for when you join the Royal Marines?

14. What is the minimum amount of time you have to serve as a Royal Marine?

15. Where in the world are the Royal Marines currently serving?

16. What is the name of the personal weapon currently used by the Royal Marines?

17. How many weeks training do you undergo to become a Royal Marine?

18. If on completion of training, you are given a trade or branch you do not want, what is the minimum compulsory time you have to serve in that branch.

19. During basic training, how much will earn if you are successful in your application to join the Royal Marines.

20. What are the names of the Royal Navy’s Assault Ships?

21. What is their role in regards to the Royal Marines?

22. What are the roles of HMS OCEAN?

23. Where is the Headquarters of the Royal Marines situated?

24. What does SBS stand for?

25. Can you join the Royal Marines as a Physical Training Instructor or Mountain Leader?

26. Name two sorts of vehicles that are in use in the Royal Marines?

27. List the rank structure to WO1 in the Royal Marines.

28. List the rank structure from 2nd Lieutenant up to the rank of Colonel.

29. Which Commando Unit has recently returned from Afghanistan

30. Which is the next Commando unit to go to Afghanistan

Good luck, relax, be yourself.
 

loki

Newbie
Had the interview this morning and was told that i new more about the navy marines than alot of the people who are interviewed! YAY!
 

chris1985

Newbie
Im thinking of joinging after i finish my business diploma. Obviously during training it can be mentally tough with people shouting at you and generally giving you a hrad time, but what is it like once you have passed?
 

chris1985

Newbie
Also, could anyone tell me what months are the intake months for training? ( I finish college in June 2009, so im looking to hopefully joing at a month after that ).
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Welcome to Rum Ration,

You need to narrow down the field of your question: Officer or Other Rank, RN or RM entry?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
chris1985 said:
Im thinking of joinging after i finish my business diploma. Obviously during training it can be mentally tough with people shouting at you and generally giving you a hrad time, but what is it like once you have passed?

Also, could anyone tell me what months are the intake months for training? ( I finish college in June 2009, so im looking to hopefully joing at a month after that )

Both questions were ment for the royal marines! :)

OK, assuming you mean Royal Marines Other Rank, in answer to the first issue, you only get to hear raised voices if whatever you're doing is not as you have been instructed. Moral is: do as you're told & no-one will shout. Reality maybe different as you may well interpret the instructions differently to the way they were intended, that's your fault, get used to it. If you don't like that concept, don't bother.

Intakes for RM Other Ranks are approximately every other week apart from August. Officers only once per year (September entry) & to achieve this (Officer Entry) you must start the selection process at the very latest, 8 months before your intended entry.

Hope that helps & good luck!
 

chris1985

Newbie
Nice and to the point!:) getting shouted at dont bother me at all, what i ment was, what is the difference from training compared to unit life?
So basically, they have intakes pretty much all the time?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
chris1985 said:
1. what is the difference from training compared to unit life?

2. So basically, they have intakes pretty much all the time?

1. Training is pretend bullets. Operational Unit deployment life isn't.

2:
Ninja_Stoker said:
Intakes for RM Other Ranks are approximately every other week apart from August.

Erm, every other week, apart from August.

Best bet, seriously, is have a look at the Royal Marines website & check out current affairs

Good luck.
 

chris1985

Newbie
er, yeah i gather there is pretend ones compared to real ones when going from training to your unit. What i ment was, once in unit, are you treated the same way as in training? ie - locker inspections most of the time etc etc
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
It's probably best a serving Marine gives you the detail on that, either by posting on here or if call in to your local AFCO - there's usually at least one Commando you can have a chat with.

Obviously when you have completed training the routine is different however standards have to be maintained so you will have routine inspections, parade, weapons & refresher training, exercises & clearly fitness will still be a key part of your routine. It's true to say the intensity & tempo is less formal after Recruit training, however you will still be involved in training serials unless operational.
 

bren498

Midshipman
Heres a question i bet no one can answer i bet very few will be able to answer
Q what was the name and rank of the guy carrying the Flag from his wireless inn the famous Falkland yomp photo and what ship was he on in 1980

A
 

NZ_Bootneck

War Hero
chris1985 said:
er, yeah i gather there is pretend ones compared to real ones when going from training to your unit. What i ment was, once in unit, are you treated the same way as in training? ie - locker inspections most of the time etc etc
Once you have completed training life in a unit is more relaxed, the emphasis is on self discipline ie you're an adult trained rank and you know the required standards and you're expected to adhere to them not have to be told every 5 minutes.
Inspections of accommodation by Company or Troop Commanders would be weekly, but you'd be expected to have a clean bedspace and locker (No festering dhobi in the bottom for example) and your locker may be checked for general tickety booness, but you won't have kit musters etc, unless you've been a right mong.
As long as you're on time, in the right rig and have a pulse (Notebook and pen and 20p for a phone call...oh no that's Boy Scouts) you should be right.
NZB
 
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