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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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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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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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What kind of job will I be doing in the Royal Naval Reserve?

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As a New Entrant you will need to get through your initial training before you start training for a specific job.  Near the end of your initial training, you can state your job preferences, but ultimately jobs are assigned according to the current manning requirements. Find out more about roles within the RNR here.Roles-in-RNR

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Do I get paid for the time I work and train with the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Yes you do. Pay rates vary according to your rank or rate.

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I am married / have a partner. Will you help me with accommodation?

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Married quarters are available after you have completed basic training, but only for married couples. There is also service accommodation available for short term rental if families want to visit.

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Can I transfer to another Reserves unit if I move to a different part of the country?

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Yes you can. Even if there’s no unit near your new home, you may be able to stay in the Royal Naval Reserve, but this will depend on your job role in the RNR.

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What's the best way to prepare for the Royal Marines Potential Officers Course and the Admiralty Interview Board?

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Making sure you have a good understanding of current affairs and the world situation is really important - start reading and watching the news! Making sure you're fit is a given, and keep up-to-date with what the Royal Marines are doing - the website's great for that. Also take a look at psychometric books and work through the exercises they give you. Finally, and most importantly, be positive and be yourself.

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