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Sep 09

Posts: 256

twicky999 says:

Royal Marines

So. Got my A-level results - 2 B's a a C. Really cant cope with another 3 years in education. Im in a little pit at the moment. I have applied for the Royal marines, my parents are pressuring me into going to uni, but i hated school and i have no idea how i got two B's in my a-levels as most of the time i farted around in college .

I have 24 hours to decide what to do before my uni place gets referred to someone else. I've always been really interested in the Royal Marines and the forces in general. 

My heart tells me Royal marines, but my head tells me Uni. 

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Nov 07

Posts: 2422

smidget says:


That is some question to put on a public forum, and it is the sort of question that only you can answer.

You may as well flip a coin for all your life choices.

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Apr 09

Posts: 2733

BUSA666 says:


your only a young lad, and i personally would not want you used as cannon fodder in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world n the marines....and uni would bore the tits off me.. but surely you have more than two choices m8.. why not take a apprenticeship in something you like doing and interests you ... or just take a couple of years out n chill.:wink: its your life not your parents.

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Dec 07

Posts: 384

londonangel says:


I'd say if you're heart is set on the Marines then go for it!....and I'm pretty sure they can sponsor you through Uni anyway if thats the way you want to go...might be worth finding out.

Mate of mine just tried to get in the Royal Marines and was told he was too old to apply...he's 26!, don't leave it too late if thats really what you want to do.

I'm sure your parents will be proud whaever you decide

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Jun 07

Posts: 5241

R100R says:


If memory serves, you were the young fella who sat in the car while two blokes beat up your mate.  Are you sure you're RM material?:doubt:

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

firstly, remember that uni isn't for everyone

regardless of what your parents say / want - there's little point starting uni and ditching it 9 months later if you can't hack another 3 years of education / lectures. Moving away can be hard work as well if you're not ready for it.

As Busa states, its YOU who has to stand by that decision for the following years / decades - not your parents.

Don't know your age / interests / location, but again as Busa suggests, how about an apprenticeship? It'll put some £ in your pocket, the learning bit is less formal than full time education, plus it'll give you something to take to the Forces if you apply for that at a later stage - and indeed some of the larger employers will sponsor some of their apprentices / ex-apprentices to go to uni at a later stage.

Hope that helps a bit.

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Feb 09

Posts: 119

mattdaytona says:

Officer training?

Become a Marine AND go to uni.  If the military is your thing and your A levels are ok, would have thought that was a good option.


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Mar 03

Posts: 2925

obewan says:

why the Maureens

Ok so you farted about but got decent grades why become a grunt. The Maureens and the Airborne are only the infantry divisions in their respective fields. They are always fully supported by other trades; Signals, Engineers, Artillery. All of which have their own technical specialists, all of which have their own para and maureen units. The Scalybacks (Signals) even have their own SAS unit.

As an Ex Scaly technician I can assure you we were often on the ground well before the para's or maureen's arrived to back us up. I also got good technical training with recognised qualifications and have never been unemployed since leaving. Also you earn a lot more because of your trade so the Army lasses want to shag you more than a grunt on half your pay.

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Aug 10

Posts: 55

sailorboy says:

Let the public decide

Wow thats taking one hell of a chance. All I can add to those that have already posted is that in these uncertain times you will probably be called up  to somewhere where you are likely to get shot at. I can tell you from my own experience..(1982)..its no fun...anyone who shows all the bravado of a John Wayne movie (and there are many) soon gets it knocked out of them when the shit hits the fan. So...make your own decision in consultation with your family...they are the ones that know you best.

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Apr 08

Posts: 9695

old(ish)git says:


education is not your thing,then definitely don't go to Uni....all you'll get from that is a mountain of debt.:wacko:

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Aug 07

Posts: 6150

stevebaldy says:

bloomin eck R100R,

good memory!!

as most said, its a decision only you can oldest is off to Uni in September, and whilst I wouldn't have liked it if he wanted to join the Forces, I would have stood by his decision.  Its true, in joining up these days there is real danger, but you do get looked after....

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