R Signals - RM?

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  1. Right, firstly I'd just like to say that I'm a young 'un and have gaping holes in my military knowledge. So there is the quite real chance of me saying something stupid further down this post. Secondly, just in case I come across as one, I'm not a walt, this is a genuine request for info and advice.

    Basically, I will be joining the R Signals in the near future. I plan to get my first posting to 16th Airborne and become Para trained. However, looking through the handy careers book the AFCO gave me it says:
    I've already looked into the para bit, as that's what I plan to do. SAS bit sounds a bit silly for me, and I don't know when I'd have time to fit in writing all those books. However the Commando bit has me totally stumped. I have no idea what that would entail at all. As far as my limited knowledge can gather only the RM are commandos, i.e there is no Army Commando.

    How can you serve in the RM and the R Signals at the same time, bearing in mind that they are from different services. Do you have to complete RM training to serve as part of their Signals unit (not as stupid a question as it sounds, only 50% of the 16th Airborne Sigs are para trained)?

    If anyone could give me some info or a link to a site that would shed some light on the subject that would be very helpful. Unless I'm being a total spiv I can't find any info on it on the R Signals Army website page that lists all of the R Signals units.

    Thank you for your time.
  2. I think I heard a while back that the Army was considering commando training for soldiers - if I find a link about that I'll let you know. Not sure though.

    Also a mate of mine joined the Black Watch (or 3 Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, groan) recently, he said what he wanted to do was join the Paras then eventually go RM. I don't know whether he meant actually transferring to the RM or undertaking Commando training as a Para however.

    I don't want to make any definite statements here as I am not sure of my facts. However I think it's pretty likely that you would do the All Arms Cdo course (RM) and then somehow become "attached" to a certain unit. As I say however I'm not sure about that; have you thought about the "ask a question" feature on the Army website? They might be able to give you a definite answer.

    Oh, and welcome to Rum Ration. :lol:

    edited to "correct" name of regiment
  3. Well witch route are you taking, Officer or Soldier?
  4. Soldier. Like I said on ARRSE, being a student aint my bag.

    Thanks for the info and the link to the article Dunker.
  5. Do not need to have been to Uni to be an Officer, common misconception.

    But with the CDO side of things, in the Signals if you do the All Arms Commando cse then you can be attached to 3 CDO Brigade, but places are very sort after!
  6. Thanks for the info.

    And I know you don't need a degree to become an Officer, but with the extra pay it sounds like having a degree would be a good idea.
  7. No worries! Just know that when I came out of the big B in 2001 I was top of the class, with that you are ment to be able to get your first prefrance and I asked for 3CDO and got the big Foxtrot Oscar.

    Then trying to get onto the All Arms at unit was a bit of a strugle, but I know a few that did, but you will have to wait until you get promoted!
  8. The all arms commando course is mainly for pongos that are needed by the RM such as engineers, artillery and medics but when i was at lympschwitz (only 6 months ago) i used to see loads of different berets and badges even infantry regiments like the RGJ.

    The RM has its own signals branch however i'm sure theres more specialized signals jobs in the army that the RM would need attached to them.

    I can't comment on how easy it is to get a place on the course though.

    The aacc is 9 weeks long plus i think you do a 4 week course with the army beforehand to teach you basic infantry skills.

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