Why Choose the Royal Marines?

Discussion in 'The Corps' started by bjid, Feb 2, 2011.

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  1. infantry regiments do pretty much the same job these days and I was wondering why young men join the royal marines opposed to the armies infantry regiments?

    Is it solely because of the elite nature that come with wearing that green beret or some other reason perhaps?
  2. Cos they are part of the RN!! simples
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    There is certainly an element of elitism involved as when asked at interview, most potential Royal Marines state as much or quote the " "99.9% Need not apply" as inspirational. Funnily enough the Corps don't particularly like that bit of advertising as they reckon it puts people off as they think it's unachievable - in fact, it has not been used in advertising for over 5 years but most people know the phrase. (There are still posters & stickers kicking around but they are over 5 years old!)

    The single advantage of the Corps over their Army equivalents is that besides the "Commando" tag (which can be earned by RN, Army & RAF personnel also) is the fact you can be parachute trained (if the job requires it), or sub-specialise in any one of 27 different trades (ranging from pilot to sniper, from assault engineer to medic etc., etc) which earn a range of qualifications directly transferable to the civilian jobs market.

    ultimately it's the choice of the individual, but to gauge the calibre of the Royal Marines there are over 100,000 soldiers & about 3,000 Royal Marines & yet 40% of special forces personnel are Royal Marines.
  4. The cachet of the Green Beret and Commando shoulder flashes are nice, as is the time spent drilling into you that you're a God and that all other men and women are simply alive to service your needs.
    The superior lingere and LBD (Little Black Dress.) wearing skills are an added bonus.

    If you have to ask I suggest you join the RAF Reg.
  5. Did you know they are one of the "big 3" mate?? The best advice you could give to a young man. Go and join the RAF RegT my son ;-)
  6. Everyday's a school day! So RAF Reg, RMP and RLC it is for any true blue young thruster.:evil3: Sign on the dotted and the World's your lobster.
  7. An LBD combined with CFM shoes would be an added bonus of course:grin:
  8. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Paras are Infantry as well but people still want to join them. It's simple really, if you want to serve with the best, join the best, be it Airborne or Commando. No one dresses in drag or rolls around naked as well as Royal and no-one does a Mexican bum **** like 7 RHA, bums like 3 Para mortars or is as deviant as 1 Para guns.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  9. Sixty two years young still walking/climbing the hills. Couple of years back before it became defunct through internal bickering I used to take part in a annual long distance yomp of 34mls last time finished in nine hours approaching sixty I thought not to bad.

    I have Royal to thank for all those endless yomps over mountain and bog which years later the Espirit de Corp is still with me. Something about having earned the green beret and also the para wings that still pushes you on when walking the mountains and forests alone in the moonlight. Hence the reason the other half bought me a windup torch for Christmas! My yank ex bootneck mate once asked if he could for once "God Damn It finish a walk in the daylight".

    Knee area is FUBAR at the moment and leading a ten miler in just over a weeks time. All sensible remedies please send on the back of a postage stamp
  10. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Kick the fat knacker out from behind the steering wheel and drive the jack wagon. :-D
  11. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Has no one mentioned all bootnecks are essence? Hence 99.9% etc.


    Oh well, if you're rats join the pongos, if you're delusional join the RAF, if you wanna be Ron Jeremy's inspiration join the Corps, you dont even have to know how to spell.:notworthy:
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

  13. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Awesome link Ninja,

    Booties are like porn stars.....lots aspire, few achieve and they bang hard.....:heart::laughing2::)
  14. Sorted (no charge)...
  15. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Awesome..... Any imput?:pottytrain2:

    If you want to join the Army, do so. If you want to join the Navy, do so.

    No one is judging anyone, it aint a willy waving competition. Do what you want. No job is a breeze, just shut the fcuk up, stop sh1t stirring and stop being a cock. Do something you can.
  16. He is though Blobbs, he's doing smoething he can - how is a pro sh1t stirrer ment to get a start in life eh? People like you pointing him in the direction of the Armed Sevices to make a contribution and live a life of adeventure and, with the right guidance, nakedness!

    You are one jack barsteward at times..!
  17. bjid,

    Can they ?
    Have you read what happened to the Guards regiments in the Falklands ?
    It was said at the time - with the possible exception of the Paras and Gurkhas, no army regiment could have done what the Marines did. Other nations (and our own Navy top brass) military said it was impossible.
    If you want to know the difference, read 'The Making of a Royal Marines Commando' by Nigel Foster. He looks at the differences in detail.

    The training is longer, more intensive, and turns out guys that can end up in theatre the day after they finish the training, no matter where it is or what the job is.
    They will have achieved a fitness level equivalent to an international athlete - according to Chris Terrel who did the course a couple of year ago for a documentary series. He said it was the hardest thing he'd ever done - and he's considered a 'superman'.

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