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What is it like serving on the front line?

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It's very difficult to describe how it feels, and of course everybody has a slightly different experience. You can expect to have a whole range of emotions, from exhilaration to fear. One thing you can be sure of though, is that you will be trained to deal with the situation. You'll be confident in yourself and in the team you are working with, and that's what makes the difference.

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Will I get time to spend with my family after I come back from a deployment?

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Operational tours last approximately 9 months, and it can be difficult to be away from home for so long. But when you return and have sorted out  kit etc, you will get  post-op leave, standard leave and usually a week's CO's leave, giving you plenty of time to spend with your family.

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I'm worried about the physical demands of training in the Royal Marines. What if I can't cope?

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As long as you can pass the prerequisite tests, pull-ups and 3 mile run, then you are at the starting level we need. The training is designed to build you up to the required standard over 32 weeks - we don't expect you to be a Royal Marines Commando before you start!

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What is the difference between Officers and Other Ranks?

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Ratings form the majority of the workforce and fit into a hierarchy based on experience and supervisory capability. Officers make up the management team, providing leadership and specialist knowledge.

There are different entry requirements for ratings and officers, and details can be found on the relevant job pages.

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What is Royal Marines Young Officer training like and how long will I serve for?

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Royal Marines Young Officer Training is challenging but very rewarding. You are given a great deal of responsibility and expected to behave accordingly. You'll be given some fantastic opportunities and enjoy a great social life with a lot of new mates. The initial commission is for 12 years. A career commission would be for 20 years or up to age 40, whichever is longer.

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What is specialisation in the Royal Marines and do you have to do it?

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All Commandos are encouraged to take a specialisation after their training and 12 month general duty period. All career profiles and promotion are based upon the branches, so it makes sense to specialise.

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My mum's worried about me joining the Royal Marines. What can I tell her to reassure her?

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People who care about you will always worry - it's natural! The best way to reassure people is to keep them informed and get them involved in your application process.

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Are there any opportunities throughout the year where I can do some training days with the Royal Marines?

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The best thing to do is keep your eye on the Royal Marines website as this is where we'll post information about any events. Signing up for the Royal Marines email newsletter is another way to make sure you don't miss out on news.

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How do you deal with the difficult situations that Royal Marines Commandos face?

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As a Royal Marines Commando, you are put in difficult situation on operations all the time. But the Commando Training you get at CTCRM is great, and helps you develop the right state of mind to deal with those situations.

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How easy/possible is it to get kosher/halal/Hindi/vegetarian rations whilst on operations?

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We now supply rations to cater for a number of different dietary needs, including kosher, halal, Hindi and Vegetarian, and there are a number of serving personnel that only use these rations.

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