Career outlook for royal marines commando
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would be part of the Royal Navy and would take part in frontline combat on land and at sea. You would also deal with emergencies such as natural disasters.
After first training, you would be a general duties marine. You would later move into a specialist role. You could be based in a unit or group such as:
- 3 Commando Brigade – you would respond to global emergencies as part of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force
- Fleet Protection Group – you would support the Navy and protect UK nuclear weapons
- Fleet Standby Rifle Troop – you would be trained to board ships at sea
With around two years’ experience, you could train in a specialist area. Specialist roles open to you would depend on your experience and rank.
You might become:
- Aircrew – you would work with helicopters, fly reconnaissance missions and get supplies to the frontline
- A communication technician – you would use electronic equipment to listen to enemy radioactivity
- An assault engineer – you would build bridges, obstacles and train to use explosives
- A signaller – you would provide communications between land, sea, and air and commandos in the field
- A chef – you would learn to feed commandos in all conditions
With the right skills, attitude and experience you could go on to join the special boat service (SBS). This is the Royal Navy branch of the UK Special Forces. You would then use your skills to perform highly specialised military operations at sea and on land.
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