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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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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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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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Can I change jobs once I join?

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No. You’ll be processed for the branch you applied for. There are very few opportunities to transfer once you’re in, so don’t expect to be able to. Similarly, as an officer you’ll be processed only for your chosen branch, unless there are shortages in other branches (as sometimes happens in Engineering and Warfare) which may be offered as an alternative if the branch you applied for is full.

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Is there a course with the Royal Navy to see if I like it before I apply?

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Yes. We run four-day 'acquaint' courses on the south coast and in Scotland, which are designed to give you a taste of life during initial training and on a ship or submarine, as well as a chance to ask questions and find out more about the different options available to you. It’s free to attend and we’ll even pay your travel costs.

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If I am mobilised with the Royal Naval Reserves, do I have to go?

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Occasionally a call-out notice could prove very difficult at work or at home so there is a procedure for you, or your employer, to appeal against mobilisation.

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Do I need parental or guardian consent to join the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Yes, you will require consent if you are under 17-and-a-half years of age.

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How long after joining the Royal Naval Reserves could I expect to be called out on mobilised service?

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If you have no previous military experience you cannot be mobilised until you have reached ‘Trained Strength’. This means you must have completed your initial training and some branch training too. Therefore, you will probably have served at least two years before you are required for active service.  For those that have previous experience, you could be called out almost as soon as you join the RNR.

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