Loss of action?

I have decided that I’m putting uni off for a few years and am going to join the Royal marines instead.
I would like to try and get in as an officer but does this mean I would see less action?

Also, while I’m here, a few quick questions!

Can you change specialisation in the marines?
Is there an automatic promotion system?
And last but not least, how easy is it to train in parachuting? (I’ve always wanted to do it :colors: )

Get a degree and then join...or see if you can join on a Uni Cadetship and get paid while you're at Uni. If you contact your local careers office - there's one in Guildford - they can give you the info. Ask to speak to an Officers' Career Liaison bod.
That's today's recruiting drive from Naval Recruiting...


Regarding the Uni Cadetship-
Ive looked into this and am going to apply for it also, however the RN only gives out 2 a year! I dont exactly know how they judge who gets it, maybe AIB score? So you got to be the best of the best of the best (I assume). But if you dont get it, I think you automatically get the Uni bursery, which ranges in value depending on type of degree you do i.e. not much for acupuncture but plenty for engineering ;)
The Royal Marines are part of the RN (Much as we hate admitting it), so yes the dosh will come from the same source.
Have a look at the RN Website for careers info and contact your local AFCO, but I would agree with the above posts and recommend the Uni route.
The Societies and clubs at most will have lots of adventure type sports(Mountaineering, sport climbing, skiing, sailing and maybe even a skydiving club) available which will give you some (Civilian) experience in these activities which could show ability for RM. Good luck.


War Hero
Just an update on bursaries & cadetships- the RM's currently aren't offering any, the RN are.

It may well change as both have been available in extremely limited numbers for RMs previously- check with your AFCO well before you're considering starting a degree is the best advice.

You have to remember there's little financial incentive for the RN/RM to pay money for you to get a degree when you are eligible for Officer at the A level stage before you join (5 GCSE's Grade C or better inc. Maths & English + 140 UCAS points at A2 standard) , or at the GCSE stage from within the Corps (5 GCSE's Grade C or better inc. Maths & English) - a degree isn't necessary- so as they say at Tesco- Why Pay More?
Ref all of the above, a bursary is easier to get than a cadetship. I am not 100% about Bursaries for Booties as I am the engineers recruiter. Can find out though as I work in DNR HQ - allbeit for 4 weeks. Back in the office tomorrow.

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