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Subject: Royal Marines Training
Whoami88    5/30/2006 12:43:10 AM
I've got a quick question, the Royal Marines has a training period of 32 weeks. The longest of any armed service in the world. I've read though that while going through training recruits get whats called LWEL, Long Weekend Leave. Do they get leave while training during these 32 weeks? It would make sense, I know I could not imagine being cut off friends and family for 32 weeks. 13 was long enough for me!!
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Yimmy    RE:Royal Marines Training   5/30/2006 10:10:08 AM
They will have some weekends off, probably starting around 5/6 weeks in. They will not go for 32 weeks working 24/7.
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Whoami88    RE:Royal Marines Training   5/30/2006 11:25:08 PM
Ya thats what I thought... thanks for clearing that up
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Lawman    RE:Royal Marines Training   8/14/2006 10:55:09 AM
Also, though basic training for most forces is much less, once you factor in the BCT and AIT for Infantry, US Army training is not exactly short either!
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ArtyEngineer    RE:Royal Marines Training - Lawman   8/14/2006 11:01:40 AM
You are using unfamiliar TLA's (Three Letter Acronyms) BCT and AIT ?
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Horsesoldier    RE:Royal Marines Training - Lawman   8/14/2006 11:57:39 AM
BCT -- Basic Combat Training (i.e. basic training, boot camp, etc.) AIT -- Advanced Individual Training (i.e. where you learn job skills specific to your MOS) Both of which may be combined into OSUT (one-station unit training), which is how the US Army does it for most combat arms jobs and some combat support or combat service support jobs.
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jamesbaf       1/3/2007 10:13:25 AM
Yes they have a few weekends off to see their family but it would help if they didn't because it would get them ready and used to being away from home for a longer period of time when serving abroad.
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dirtykraut       7/6/2007 5:09:48 PM
Royal Marine recruit training is not the longest basic training in the world. Royal Marine recruit training trains a basic Royal Marine rifleman. They do not later go on to advanced infantry training. So it would be similar to the US Army's OSUT or the Britsih Army's CIC. Canada has a 3 phase basic infantry training for it's recruits. The first phase is 13 weeks, the second phase is 10 weeks, and the third phase is 10 weeks. In all, the Canadian infantryman will spend 33 weeks in a basic training environment.
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Ricky       6/4/2010 1:59:05 PM
To become a Royal Marine Commando Officer you need to under go a 2 phase process. The first is your 15 month training then second you are put in charge of around 30 in theatre. Not at all long hey? To become a Royal Marine Commando takes 32 weeks. Note that neither of these takes into account the potential Royal Marine course or the potential Royal Marine Officer course that most recruits do undergo. Neither does this take into account the apptitude tests or interviews they must undergo.
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Mike From Brielle       6/4/2010 2:17:24 PM
I was in training for about two years from boot camp on. Mostly technical.  I had gotten into the middle of a battle of the detailers (from two different communities), but at the time I didn't know it.  This is not normal, I was very lucky or unlucky depending on your point of view.   
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