Royal Marine officer specialisations

#1
Hi, I'm currently studying a degree and will be joining the royal marines as an officer when i complete this. I'm just wondering if anyone has a list of what marine officers are aloud to specialise in, as all the lists I've seen have not divided between what an officer can specialise in and a regular commando (i know officers are still commandos but you know what i mean).

Many thanks for any replies.
 
#4
Hi, I'm currently studying a degree and will be joining the royal marines as an officer when i complete this. I'm just wondering if anyone has a list of what marine officers are aloud to specialise in, as all the lists I've seen have not divided between what an officer can specialise in and a regular commando (i know officers are still commandos but you know what i mean).

Many thanks for any replies.
This, Mr Blair, is why you should not have sent every child to university.
 
#6
Sorry this was written early in the morning after an 11 hour shift and I was also writing part of my essay before-hand so if there were any mistakes in spelling forgive me if I dont take it to heart haha. And im also used to a spell-check programme picking up on lower case I's and changing them so I still wouldnt have picked up on them if im completely honest.

And ofcourse the AIB have never even heard of me, I mis-spoke earlier when I said "i will be joining" I mean that I will be applying for them and hopefully then joining.

Anyway could anyone please reply the OP if possible. Thanks.
 
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Ninja_Stoker

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#7
According to the latest (2018) RM Careers publication (available from your AFCO), Direct Entry RM Officer specs have reduced from seven to three. Pilot is no longer one of them.

RM Other Ranks can specialise in the following:

Armoured Support (AS), Armourer (ARM), Assault Engineer (AE), Clerk (C), Combat Intelligence (CI), Driver (D), Drill Instructor (DI), General Duties (GD), Heavy Weapons (Air Defence) (HW(AD), Heavy Weapons (Anti-Tank) (HW(ATK)), Heavy Weapons (Mortars) (HW(MOR)), Landing Craft (LC), Metalsmith (MESM), Mountain Leader (ML), Physical Training Instructor (PTI), Platoon Weapons (Machine Gunner) (PW(MG)), Platoon Weapons (Sniper) (PW(S)), Royal Marines Aircrewman (RMAC), Royal Marines Communications Technician (RMCT), Royal Marines Information Systems (RMIS), Royal Marines Medical Assistant (RMMA), Royal Marines Police (RMP), Signaller (S), Special Forces Communicator (SFC), Stores Accountant (SA), Telecommunications Technician (TT), Vehicle Mechanic (VM).

Many who aspire to become RM Officers don't realise that they'll be Troop Commanders in their first year or two. Thereafter their career path and role differs a fair bit from Other Ranks.
 
#8
Thanks for your reply, I never realised that RM Officers had such a short list of specs. I will contact my AFCO for more details on this. I have to ask would you ever suggest someone to take the commando route rather than the Officer route if that feels like it is more suited to them i.e. myself.
Just everyone around me has said to take the Officer route, mostly from an uneducated view which is why I'd like to ask people who actually know what theyre talking about.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#13
Thanks for your reply, I never realised that RM Officers had such a short list of specs. I will contact my AFCO for more details on this. I have to ask would you ever suggest someone to take the commando route rather than the Officer route if that feels like it is more suited to them i.e. myself.
Just everyone around me has said to take the Officer route, mostly from an uneducated view which is why I'd like to ask people who actually know what theyre talking about.
Have a look through this, it puts things into perspective: https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads...-answers-would-be-greatly-appreciated.112245/
 
#16
Sorry this was written early in the morning after an 11 hour shift and I was also writing part of my essay before-hand so if there were any mistakes in spelling forgive me if I dont take it to heart haha. And im also used to a spell-check programme picking up on lower case I's and changing them so I still wouldnt have picked up on them if im completely honest.

And ofcourse the AIB have never even heard of me, I mis-spoke earlier when I said "i will be joining" I mean that I will be applying for them and hopefully then joining.

Anyway could anyone please reply the OP if possible. Thanks.
Lets hope the Royal Marines have signed up to the Working Time Directive then, don't want you getting tired :)
 
#18
Not according to the RM produced career publication. RM Pilot is no longer listed.
Mwah ha ha.

I'm going to tell our tame bootneck WAFU he's not in the Corps anymore...

[grown up voice]
I imagine it's because to become a pilot in the RM you stop being career managed by the RM and come under the FAA. Probably.
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Ninja_Stoker

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#19
Mwah ha ha.

I'm going to tell our tame bootneck WAFU he's not in the Corps anymore...

[grown up voice]
I imagine it's because to become a pilot in the RM you stop being career managed by the RM and come under the FAA. Probably.
[/grown up voice]


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I suspect that could well be the case...or in future, those RM Officers wishing to become pilots will actually transfer to the RN & become RN Commandos. It is a path already trodden by RM
OR Intelligence specs upon commission.

The Corps has other similar anomalies - there's a SNCO qualified Nurse, for example, who will probably have to recat to RN as it's not an RM spec.

Interestingly, the Corps has been tight-lipped about it and if it is a step-change, not announced it other than by simply changing the RM Officer specs in their career publication.
 

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