Royal Marine Recruiting/Training/Queries In here.

Leeroy59

Newbie
oldseadog said:
Leeroy, although it might seem like a good idea at the time to train and train and train to improve your upper body strength, withour a high protien, high carbs diet to compliment the effort you put in, you will be wasting your time ... and potentially damaging your health while you are at it!

Keep running to build up your lower body strength and stamina, and you can use this to build your upper body strength at the same time by contracting your upper body muscles and making them work in just the same way as if you had to force your way forward through syrup.

Eat plenty of carbs (a bowl of porridge is good for breakfast,) before you set off, and have some high protien chicken, steak and eggs when you have finished.

They do say that there is no gain without pain, and to some extent that's true ... but whatever you do, don't kill yourself! That's the job of your Drill Team!

JFI I'm 6'6" and 17st, and have been for the past 30 years. When I joined the mob I was a 6'6" and 12st beanpole! You see, ther is a way forward for all of us.

Good luck, and keep us informed,

'Aye,

OSD
Thanks for the reply! Some good points you have made. I have been trying to develope a style of healthy eating but i think i have been going about it the wrong way, since i started training i have been very hell-bent on purely eating protein foods and refusing anything else that is put in front of me. But like you said, eating porridge in the morning? Will having a high-amount of carbs at the start of the day (e.g. a bowl of cereal/porridge) benefit me alot better than say a full-english breakfast? (If you can call 2 rashers of bacon, an egg, some beans and fried bread breakfast).

Sorry if i'm treating you like a nutrition expert, i have asked the same types of questions to my gym instructor and the response i got was simply "Snack alot!".

As for my training, with all this worry aside, i'm just going to annihilate myself completely for the next 6 weeks leading up to my PRMC and try my hardest to pass on through the first time i do it.

Thanks again!

Leeroy
 

oldseadog

War Hero
Leeroy,

Train then rest for at least a couple of hours to allow your muscles to 'heal', then train some more.

Eat carbs before you exercise, and then protein afterwards.

Rest for at least 24 hours before you take on any further serious exercise ... then do it all over again.

[align=center]DO NOT OVERDO IT![/align]
[align=center]YOUR BODY COULD BECOME PERMANENTLY DAMAGED IF YOU DO![/align]

Then your chances of becoming a Royal could be seriously compromised.

'Aye

OSD
 

Leeroy59

Newbie
oldseadog said:
Leeroy,

Train then rest for at least a couple of hours to allow your muscles to 'heal', then train some more.

Eat carbs before you exercise, and then protein afterwards.

Rest for at least 24 hours before you take on any further serious exercise ... then do it all over again.

[align=center]DO NOT OVERDO IT![/align]
[align=center]YOUR BODY COULD BECOME PERMANENTLY DAMAGED IF YOU DO![/align]

Then your chances of becoming a Royal could be seriously compromised.

'Aye

OSD
Alright, thanks for the heads up! I spose its better to train properly and take longer and get your PRMC done correctly than to rush and mess yourself up? I'll take as much of what you said into consideration with my training. Thanks a bunch! :D

One last question, however. I have yet to fill out my application form completely and hand it into the careers office, but as far as the medical examination goes, i have heard about friends of mine failing their medicals when joining other forces and have been unable to try a second or third time. So, my question being, if i fail my medical, will it bar me from joining the Royal Marines permanently?

Cheers

Leeroy
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Leeroy59 said:
So, my question being, if i fail my medical, will it bar me from joining the Royal Marines permanently?
How long's a piece of string?

Depends what you fail on- have a read through the "AFCO Form 5" (issued with your application form at the AFCO), it advises you of common ailments which are a bar to entry.

In short you have to be free from any treatment, be it outpatients, physiotherapy or prescribed drugs for a set elapsed period of time.

Certain conditions such as congenital heart disease mean you will never be passed fit for military service, others, such as childhood asthma mean you may be passed fit after a period of time has elapsed since being prescribed medication.

The only person who is qualified to advise you on medical conditions & suitability for service is the Final Examining Medical Officer - other peoples opinions, mine included are worthless.
 

Leeroy59

Newbie
Ninja_Stoker said:
Leeroy59 said:
So, my question being, if i fail my medical, will it bar me from joining the Royal Marines permanently?
How long's a piece of string?

Depends what you fail on- have a read through the "AFCO Form 5" (issued with your application form at the AFCO), it advises you of common ailments which are a bar to entry.

In short you have to be free from any treatment, be it outpatients, physiotherapy or prescribed drugs for a set elapsed period of time.

Certain conditions such as congenital heart disease mean you will never be passed fit for military service, others, such as childhood asthma mean you may be passed fit after a period of time has elapsed since being prescribed medication.

The only person who is qualified to advise you on medical conditions & suitability for service is the Final Examining Medical Officer - other peoples opinions, mine included are worthless.
Aight, Thanks again for the input! Much appreciated.

I consulted the "AFCO form" like you said, and thankfully was able to locate the bit of info i needed.

Cheers

Leeroy
 

Geordie88

Badgeman
I've got a few general queries:

Can you get conventional qualifications in the RM? GCSEs, A levels etc.

And does every RM Commando get his wings?

And finally, I'm -3.00 short sighted, does that mean my specialisations are limited to Cook, GD and Clerk?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Geordie88 said:
I've got a few general queries:

Can you get conventional qualifications in the RM? GCSEs, A levels etc.

And does every RM Commando get his wings?

And finally, I'm -3.00 short sighted, does that mean my specialisations are limited to Cook, GD and Clerk?
Hello, welcome! A few general answers:

1) Yes
2) No, but you can
3) No-speak to your AFCO
 

Geordie88

Badgeman
Ninja_Stoker said:
Geordie88 said:
I've got a few general queries:

Can you get conventional qualifications in the RM? GCSEs, A levels etc.

And does every RM Commando get his wings?

And finally, I'm -3.00 short sighted, does that mean my specialisations are limited to Cook, GD and Clerk?
Hello, welcome! A few general answers:

1) Yes
2) No, but you can
3) No-speak to your AFCO
1) Cheers
2) Cheers
3) Cheers
 

Arran

Midshipman
Hi, Basically im a former ashmatic, only had it mild as a kid and havent actually had a problem since i was like 11, but the problem was my mum used to get me prescriptions as a worst case scenario and the four years ends March 08, now I have been told before that its 4 years from the last prescription and theres no way round it :(

My question is how much of the application process can i get done before this date to speed things up. I would have thought i could do the initial apllication and apptitute test but things wil be halted when i hit the medical. I basically want to get in ASAP.

I have been about 5 months, I dont have problems with training which is the worst thing as i think i will be very capable a few months down the line but will have to wait by the looks of it, any help will be appreciated...
 

oldseadog

War Hero
Arran,

Rein it in a bit, and be patient! If you are knocked back at this stage, what then? It will be 'on record', and that could make it that bit more difficult for you later on.

You say that you want to "get in ASAP." To achieve that, don't you think that it would be better to wait until your 'time elapsed' has passed?

You seem to be quite young and impatient to get on with everything ... right now! However, let's face it, it's only another 10 months until March '08! What's that out of a lifetime?

Between now and then, don't knock yourself out by trying to prove to yourself that you are capable of doing the 12 in full kit, 50 push-ups on each hand, 50 squats with 50lbs (sorry, I'm an oldie now, and don't do kilomities!), a couple of hundred burpees, then go for a shower, followed by breakfast, after which you start the days training!

They just don't make 'em like they did back in my day! :rambo:

OK, OK, OK Who's that with the old violin, playing 'Hearts & Flowers' in the background? :threaten:

Best of luck, my young friend. Keep us informed of whichever way you decide to go. :thumright:

OSD
 

Arran

Midshipman
Well yeah im kinda impatient, im 19, its mainly cos i really want this and cant wait for the oppourunity.

P.S. Anyone got any good links for the Marine training regime over the 6 months detailing stages and tests etc? Will help me to prepare better :)
 

Geordie88

Badgeman
Arran said:
Well yeah im kinda impatient, im 19, its mainly cos i really want this and cant wait for the oppourunity.

P.S. Anyone got any good links for the Marine training regime over the 6 months detailing stages and tests etc? Will help me to prepare better :)
Have a chat with a careers adviser - mine sorted me out with a fitness regime devised by a Bootneck Warrant Officer who did loads of ridiculously athletic things, it's working a treat.
 

oldseadog

War Hero
Geordie88 said:
Arran said:
Well yeah im kinda impatient, im 19, its mainly cos i really want this and cant wait for the oppourunity.

P.S. Anyone got any good links for the Marine training regime over the 6 months detailing stages and tests etc? Will help me to prepare better :)
Have a chat with a careers adviser - mine sorted me out with a fitness regime devised by a Bootneck Warrant Officer who did loads of ridiculously athletic things, it's working a treat.
Geordie,

Good advice ... Arran, are you listenig?

OSD
 
Here's a question you may not have been asked before:

I'm 18, waiting to finish my A-Levels at the end of June. From there, it is my intention to get a job for six months and continue my training. Currently I can run a 3-miler in just over 20 minutes. After that I'm travelling in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia etc for six months. Evidently, rgus six months will involve lots of booze, bad food etc, probably with very little proper exercise (gym, running etc.)

My question is how long will it take, roughly, to return to (or surpass) my current level of fitness after six months of drunken debauchery? A guess would be handy, so I can know how much time to leave for the application process. It would be back to my current routine, which is either a run or an hour in the gym five days out of seven.
 

oldseadog

War Hero
AdmiralAwesome said:
Here's a question you may not have been asked before:

I'm 18, waiting to finish my A-Levels at the end of June. From there, it is my intention to get a job for six months and continue my training. Currently I can run a 3-miler in just over 20 minutes. After that I'm travelling in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia etc for six months. Evidently, rgus six months will involve lots of booze, bad food etc, probably with very little proper exercise (gym, running etc.)

My question is how long will it take, roughly, to return to (or surpass) my current level of fitness after six months of drunken debauchery? A guess would be handy, so I can know how much time to leave for the application process. It would be back to my current routine, which is either a run or an hour in the gym five days out of seven.
Drunken Debauchery!!! You are half way there already! Ever thought about taking a Commission with the Royals?

The time it will take depends to regain your present fitness levels depends on many things, not least your metabolic make-up! How long is a piece of string?

After six months of that kind of living, I would advise taking it easy and weaning yourself back to fitness s-l-o-w-l-y!

Keep us informed - but not too much detail!

In the meantime ... enjoy yourself and don't pick up too many nasties!

OSD
 

Lillelj

Midshipman
Hi.

Well i passed the test the other day, went to the optometrist this morning and no problems there. This wednesday coming up i have got the interview. Now i am normally a pretty confident guy, but i really really hate having to sit and sell myself, or 'blow my own horn' as it were. Its just one of those things, makes me feel uncomfortable and is not in my personality.

I am just taking it one stage at a time and this happens to be next on the agenda.

Anyone got any vital hints and/or tips on how to get through an interviewers grilling with flying colours??

Thanks
Lillelj :thumright:
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Hello LLJ,

Dress appropriately for a job interview (shirt/tie recommended), arrive 10 mins early. If you're going to late-ring the AFCO to let them know BEFORE you are. (Afterwards they'll have already worked that one out)

Your interview will last about 45 mins to 1 hour. They will ask:
Home Background (You & Your Family)
Education to date
Work record to date
Hobbies/Interests (Including fitness)
Motivation- ie: have you researched your job.

Research your job:

Here's a list of some, not all, sample potential RM Commando questions, you maybe asked.


1 When were the Royal Marines Founded? (Corps birthday)
2 Which units make up 3 Commando Brigade & where are they based
3 Describe the individual items on the beret badge & what they represent
4 What is the Corps motto
5 Name a RM Victoria Cross holder
6 Name the 4 commando tests
7 What is the personal weapon of the Royal Marines
8 What happens if you get injured in training
9 What happened at Walcheren
10 Who was Hannah Snell
11 Who is the Corps Commandant
12 Where have the Royal Marines recently served operationally
13 Which Commando unit has just returned from Afghanistan
14 What amphibious ships could you expect to serve on in the Royal Marines
15 How long is Commando training
16 how long do you have to complete the Pre Joining Fitness Test (2.4Km treadmill run)
17 PRMC- what does it stand for and entail
18 Where do you undergo basic training
19 What will you earn
20 How soon can you leave if you don't like it
21 How long is your contract for

Etc.,

Try:
Military Fitness & Training
Although unofficial, there's some very good fitness training advice on this site for prospective RM recruits too.

Good luck mate!
 

Lillelj

Midshipman
Wow, thanks ninja, much appreciated. :)

Its quite allot actually. I will need to do a bit more in depth research this weekend.

Thanks again for info and link.

*edit: One thing though, the link wont seem to load?
 

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