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Thread #97022   Message #1905291
Posted By: Teribus
10-Dec-06 - 09:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: The NEW Red Coats
Subject: RE: BS: The NEW Red Coats
Basic training for a Royal Marines Commando is 32 weeks. Prior to selection for training every potential Marine has to prove that he is fit enough for the training he is about to undergo. The standard of fitness required prior to the start of training the instructors used to enjoy telling potential recruits was the equivalent of what the USMC expected their recruits to have achieved at the end of their training.

When HRH Prince Edward stated that he wanted to join the Royal Marines as an Officer he failed his basic training, due to lack of upper body strength. The Commanding Officer of the Royal Marines Training Centre Lympstone was put under considerable pressure from outside the Royal Navy to allow Prince Edward to pass out and receive his commission on the understanding that he would then resign. Lympstone and the Royal Marines are unique among UK armed forces training establishments in that Officers and men are trained alongside one another. The CO stuck firm, Prince Edward had not met the standard required by the Royal Marines of a recruit in training and he would not pass out, as it would set a bad example and create a very undesirable precedent. Standards are not compromised.

In the past when up against enemies that have earned the respect of the British Forces fighting them, the Brits are not above stealing ideas from their erstwhile enemies. In the case of the Royal Marines when raiding forces were created for hit and run operations during the second world war two things were "borrowed" from the Boers - their term for a fighting unit - Commando. And one of their folk songs "Sarie Marais" as their March, "A Life on the Ocean Wave" being the March of the Royal Marines, "Sarie Marais" is the March of the Royal Marines Commando.

On completion of basic training you are drafted/appointed to one of the Commando Units (40, 42 or 45) or 1st Assault Group Royal Marines or Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines. At this point within whichever unit you have been sent to you are not regarded as being fully trained or combat ready, you have after all only completed basic training and have absolutely no experience of soldiering or of life within an operational unit.

The new arrivals are taken under the wings of experienced Marines and shown the ropes, their training continues. By the time that those new recruits will be able to do the same for other new arrivals they will have been "in" for about four years, by this time they will have a specialist qualification and possibly two or more sub-specialist qualifications, they will have acquired a great deal of experience in "Unit life" and of soldiering in general. At that point they are an asset and can actively enhance and contribute to the fighting effectiveness of the unit in which they are serving.