Guest Post By Former Royal Marine – Matthew H.
Thinking of joining the Royal Marines? These are the 6 reasons why you should apply today
Travel – The Royal Marines Commandos are mountain and cold weather warfare specialists as well as part of UK’s rapid reaction force and as such are expected to go anywhere in the world. Because of this level of expectation upon these elite amphibious soldiers they need to train in all parts of the world. The Royal Marines have recently been on training exercises in the mountains of the Himalayas, in the Arctic Circle of Norway, Jungle training in Africa and South America as well as potentially conducting amphibious training anywhere in the world where there are coastal waters. The possibilities for travel are endless and the good news is you get paid to do it and plenty of down time in the process.
Worthy Cause – Despite the intricacies of geopolitics and disputes over foreign wars the Royal Marines still provide a force for good in the world. If you join up you will be a defender of your country, your friends and family as well as helping those around the world who are in need. Recent operations around the world have included civilian evacuations in Libya and Lebanon, peace keeping in Sierra Leone and Kosovo, aid relief in Haiti and the Philipines. How many of your friends have been part of such a historic force for good?
Physical lifestyle – Life in Royal Marines is essentially like being a professional athlete. As a Commando you are expected to be in the highest level of fitness and because of this part of your daily working day will be dedicated to becoming fitter and stronger – so you will be getting paid to do exercise! Just like a professional athlete you will also have access to world class rehabilitation facilities if you need it.
Adventure – There are things that you will do if you join up that you would have to pay £100′s or even £1000′s for if you were a civilian. Because of the wide spectrum of operations that the Royal Marines are expected to go on they need to train appropriately. Fast roping out of helicopters onto the decks of a Naval warship or riding around on powerboats is bread and butter for these elite amphibious troops. Furthermore, as mountain and cold weather warfare specialists you will be cross country skiing in the Norwegian wilderness and abseiling from dizzying heights in the mountains.
Unlike other jobs in the civilian world there will be many opportunities to conduct adventure training. Members of the corps regularly go to Bavaria on adventure training and others have been known to arrange their own adventure training doing kite surfing in Cyprus or sky diving in Spain.
Personal Challenge – The personal challenge of earning the coveted green beret is massive. You will have to overcome physical and mental exhaustion during the 32 weeks training – the longest and possibly the most arduous basic training in NATO. This challenge is not for everyone and only the strongest will survive till the end. Operating out in the field on Dartmoor will test your mental and physical robustness. During the Commando Phase of training the physical challenge will culminate in the ominous “30 miler” across Dartmoor, this will be your final test before winning the green beret.
Once you finish training the personal challenges do not stop there and you will be challenged further whilst on operations in conflict areas around the globe. If you are still seeking further challenges you can put yourself up for the ultimate mental and physical test of applying for selection into the UK’s special forces – your previous experience within the Royal Marines will put you in good stead to pass the selection process.
The Pay – Jobs in the armed services have a reputation for low pay, this could not be further from the truth. Sure during training you are only paid about £14,000 per year, but this is with no rent or food outgoings and therefore pretty much all disposable income that is all yours to spend. When you finish training you will earn in the region of £17,000 which is high when compared to other 16-21 year olds and pay goes up every year and as you specialise. At the 5-7 year point (sometimes sooner) promotion to Corporal will be a very real possibility which could see you earn a salary £26,000.
As well as collecting your healthy paycheck at the end of the month you will have unprecedented job security and also receive extra pay when away on long operations or training exercises, this includes large operational bonuses.
The benefits of a career in the Royal Marines in incomparable to those else where in the civilian world. If you would like to have the challenge of a lifetime followed by a life of adventure and keeping fit whilst getting paid then I suggest you do some further research and start the application process – it’s tough, you need all the help you can get.