Your advice RM transfer


Currently in week 23 of RM RT just received another set back, one of many having been long term injured. Anyway have been considering my options on a "transfer" (there isnt really an official process). I'm quite academically minded and have a degree and have been look at engineering roles and I know Navy is hanging out for recruits in these roles. Basically I want to be clear that this decision is right for me? Obviously a life in navy is very different, however the career in my opinion is far better in terms of promotion.

Maybe there is someone who has made a similar transition who can give me their thoughts?

Well the Royal Marines are already kind of Navy, no? Haha.
According to Ninja, 40% of Engineering officers come from Ratings or something. Many join as ratings despite a degree as well. I think it's worth the switch - especially if you like Engineering. Although I think if you like technician roles, you might want to consider being a rating instead of the more leadership oriented Officer.
Thanks a lot. Yes although its technically part of the navy the roles are totally different. And I would definitely want to join as a rating. Final questions does anyone know the length of time between applying and starting training for an engineering role say for example weapons engineering submariner? Maybe currently serving will reduce wait?
Will I have to repeat phase 1? And will I maintain the pay increase I received at week 26?
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War Hero
Engineering Officers need an engineering degree, for direct entrants, but not as Upper Yardsmen (equivalent to Corps Commision).TMOs can join with any honours degree, assuming they have the pre-requisite GCSEs and A Levels or accepted equivalent..score high enough in the recruit test & pass AIB. It maybe worth looking at.

For ratings, we're toppers with ET(WE)'s - 24 months' wait to join. ET(ME) & AET are about a 6 and 7 month wait, respectively. WE & ME submarine branches are much quicker to join, but if you transfer as a submariner, you cannot opt out for five years.

To transfer to an alternative RN branch you need to be P2 fit. Recurrent/chronic ongoing injuries can be a bar to transfer or re-enter. Until you come out of Hunter the odds are you are P7.

Your pay increment level would carry over but you should expect to undergo RN Initial Naval Training. You may not, but if you have injuries, they'll want to check you are recovered fully. Expect the worst, hope for the best.

My tip? Stick with it, you are getting paid to recover, the Corps likes the cut of your jib - or they will have ditched you by now.

Good luck.
Thanks a lot. Yea have decided to give it a shot here. As this is what I want, however should things not work out that information would be bery useful.



War Hero
Thanks a lot. Yea have decided to give it a shot here. As this is what I want, however should things not work out that information would be bery useful.

Best of luck!

The RN is a viable option but although I know Hunter Company is a serious blow, particularly if back-trooped more than once, most regret the career move before gaining their CGB.


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I've heard of some troops spending nearly 2 years in Hunter. It's highly specialised and good at what it does. You are young and are getting paid. What's not to like?;) Good luck.

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