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    Hello,
    I am currently considering joining the royal marines, and am thinking about applying to try and become an officer. At the moment I am in my final year of A-levels, so I am in the process of looking at my options after sixth form, I do not particularly want to go to university. As I have said previously I would like to apply to the royal marines as an officer, but do not think that I will be ready by the end of this academic year, mainly because my fitness is no where near up to the standard that the royal marines would expect. Would it be best if I apply at the end of this academic year, when my fitness has improved? Or would if be best if I go to university first and gradually build up my fitness over the three years?
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    In this day and age having a degree in anything is better than having no degree at all. So in my mind, pick something you think you'd *enjoy* reading at university and do that. By all means have a good time, but also smash your fitness. RM Officers need to be able to do everything their men can do and then some on top of that. Just imagine needing to inspire/ earn respect from a Royal Marine, who is a hard as nails guy, and use that motivation to get yourself stacked/ fast/ endurance fit over three years.
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    (Original post by anon144)
    Hello,
    I am currently considering joining the royal marines, and am thinking about applying to try and become an officer. At the moment I am in my final year of A-levels, so I am in the process of looking at my options after sixth form, I do not particularly want to go to university. As I have said previously I would like to apply to the royal marines as an officer, but do not think that I will be ready by the end of this academic year, mainly because my fitness is no where near up to the standard that the royal marines would expect. Would it be best if I apply at the end of this academic year, when my fitness has improved? Or would if be best if I go to university first and gradually build up my fitness over the three years?
    Fitness is one thing - and certainly a key thing for the RM - but to be a leader of men you need more than fitness. What's harder to get is the life experience that will make you a better leader.

    For that, you're 10x better off by going to university, leading clubs and societies, joining the OTC (probably better for you than the URNU) and developing those leadership skills.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Fitness is one thing - and certainly a key thing for the RM - but to be a leader of men you need more than fitness. What's harder to get is the life experience that will make you a better leader.

    For that, you're 10x better off by going to university, leading clubs and societies, joining the OTC (probably better for you than the URNU) and developing those leadership skills.
    I was thinking about the OTC. But then I still have the problem of not having any subject that I am really motivated to do for three years. If it helps I was in the ATC for several years, but I have previously read that it will not help what so ever. Would I stand more of a chance of becoming an officer in the royal marines if I went to university?
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    (Original post by anon144)
    I was thinking about the OTC. But then I still have the problem of not having any subject that I am really motivated to do for three years. If it helps I was in the ATC for several years, but I have previously read that it will not help what so ever. Would I stand more of a chance of becoming an officer in the royal marines if I went to university?
    It's a tricky one. You'll certainly be better off both in the RM and in life generally (what if you don't make it through training, what if you get injured, what it you get in then decide that is not for you so want to leave early?) if you have a degree, though it needs to be something you at least half want to study.
 
 
 
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