What branch i want to be in???

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  1. Hey guys,

    This is a call for help :(

    I am joining the RN in september as an MA(SM), this is one of the careers i wanted to do together with MA attatched to the RM. As i understand it, i would not be able to do this as an MA(SM). Is this true?

    I enjoy doing all the Force Protection training with the RNR and would be wanting to join the RM however my careers advisor told me back in Jan that all RM medics are from the RN. They just do the All Arms Course or transfer across.

    I have got a mate who is joining the RM and i hear him talk about the training they have to do and i get into the way of thinking that is that it would be great to do that, even as an RN MA.

    what would the best thing be for me to do, tell my careers advisor that i want to be put on thesurface fleet list and wait longer to join up (15mths) or continue on the Boat list and try and do the AAC as a submariner???

    You guys always give some good advice so please spread it thick now :D
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Right, a couple of categoric facts:

    The RM's do have their own Commando Medics. You join, pass Commando Training then apply to become a medic- beware this maybe a couple of years after being a GD Marine & is not guaranteed.

    RN Medics can be all-arms trained & work alongside Royal but come from GS (Surface) MAs not MA(SM).

    I suspect the reason you opted to join as MA(SM) was because you wanted to get in quick- a mistake if you want to be something else- you have to serve 4 years on boats first.

    If you're going to change your choice of preference let your AFCO know NOW, so someone else can have your allocated entry date.

    Good luck.
  3. Thank you NS,

    I have been told so many different things about what you can and cant do. I knew someone on here would put me straight.

    Well i think i'm gonna have to have achat and a think with my careers advisor.

    Thank you :)
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    No worries mate. Your careers adviser is right to advise go MA (GS) then try to become all-arms trained as you cannot be certain of being an RM Commando, medic trained.
  5. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    I aint never seen a bootneck medic, yes you can do a FA2's and 1's course but you dont go from Grav to medic working in sick bay etc. Unless things have changed it's all matelot MA's and the very occasional pongo.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You may be right on that one Blobbs, it's purely anecdotal but I understood that due to a shortage of MAs (RN) that the Corps had trained-up Royals doing an MA's job in operations previously, not working in sickbays. Happy to stand corrected if anyone can confirm different.

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    The point was that if he wanted to be an MA wearing a green beret, the only definite way is to join as an MA (RN) first.
  7. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    I dont know which one of us is right mate, but I do agree the surefire way is matelot MA then AACC.
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator


    Just edited the above post with a link- it seems the RM are in fact advertising it as a SQ.
  9. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    well fcuk me with a crocked totem pole....every days a school day :lol:
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator


    Well there's a co-incidence!

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