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The acctual role of an officer

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The acctual role of an officer

#1 Post by Scottya5 » Sat 05 May, 2007 10:16 pm

Ok guys.

Idealy I would like to join as an officer, but not if it means taking a step back.

One of the reasons I am going for the Royal Marines is because they seem to get stuck in alot more over normal army infantry regiments. But I dont want to be on the back line of it all.

As an officer do you go on patrols, and are you engaged equally as much as non commissioned personal?

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#2 Post by designervision » Sat 05 May, 2007 11:46 pm

Hey mate,

An officer leads a troop. In other words, if you became an officer, you would be on 1st line and you would have a troop under your command. Its like a commando but better - more responsibility and I guess a little more honour.

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#3 Post by Chas » Sun 06 May, 2007 4:08 pm

Other than in an operational role the young officer under training and on completion of the same has plenty on his plate.
When he joins his unit the company commander will have instructed his Trp.Sgt to watch out for him. The wise officer will always heed the advice of his seniors (NCOs') and he must realise that he is very much on probation and still under a steep learning curve. The officer in many ways is a public relations man. He must ensure the welfare of his men at all times. Likewise he must also represent them to higher authority when and so required. For serious matters there is the unit welfare officer but for more mundane matters the young Trp.officer must learn to deal with any matter however trivial it appears with common sense and humanity.
A 20 year old YO has to grow up and mature quickly especially when it comes to censoring your men's personal correspondence as I had to do under certain peculiar circumstances. (I hated it.) The Seniors and even some highly experienced Cpls will certainly help you if you need advice. You should never be ashamed to ask when it comes to man management problems for they the 'seniors' have a wealth of sound experience and you are all one of the same family.

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#4 Post by Scottya5 » Sun 06 May, 2007 8:10 pm

Thanks guys thats cleared things up :)

so i will still be shot at yeah? lol

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#5 Post by designervision » Mon 07 May, 2007 7:07 pm

Absolutely! :D
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#6 Post by davidemmerson » Mon 07 May, 2007 7:34 pm

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#7 Post by Scottya5 » Mon 07 May, 2007 9:50 pm

exactly. If I wanted to drive a desk I wouldnt do POC then 30 odd weeks of RMT... I would just become an estate agent lol.

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#8 Post by fubar84 » Wed 09 May, 2007 2:33 am

Surely common sense would dictate that if you were being prepared to drive a desk, the Navy wouldn't waste thousands of pounds on 54-week physically intensive training would they?
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#9 Post by Scottya5 » Wed 09 May, 2007 7:25 am

obviously you've never heard of sarcasm.
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#10 Post by druadan » Wed 09 May, 2007 3:33 pm

The role of an officer is simple:

Get the lads into the shit so they can get back out of it :o

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#11 Post by Scottya5 » Wed 09 May, 2007 4:12 pm

lol.


I rekon ill join into the ranks, and go for officer status after some service.

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#12 Post by bigdog » Wed 09 May, 2007 7:04 pm

No disrespect but this is such a load of rubbish. Why dont you go to your AFCO or the POC and ask them the same question? They will make your decision for you.

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Re: The acctual role of an officer

#13 Post by spiderbloke » Wed 09 May, 2007 8:33 pm

Scottya5 wrote: One of the reasons I am going for the Royal Marines is because they seem to get stuck in alot more over normal army infantry regiments. But I dont want to be on the back line of it all.
And yet the marines aren't in Iraq the more dangerous theatre :roll:
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#14 Post by Chas » Wed 09 May, 2007 9:06 pm

Druadan just follow my arse- since for once I am on point I will get shot
first if I lead you in the wrong direction. :oops: And serve me right too. :wink:
Spiderbloke Royal has just returned having completed their six month Afghanistan
tour wherein they have won further laurels. Suggest you read a newspaper or two.
Why not subscribe to the Globe & Laurel ?
Become a matelot and we will certainly never trust you with a weapon. :evil:
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Re: The acctual role of an officer

#15 Post by Sarastro » Wed 09 May, 2007 9:34 pm

spiderbloke wrote:
Scottya5 wrote: One of the reasons I am going for the Royal Marines is because they seem to get stuck in alot more over normal army infantry regiments. But I dont want to be on the back line of it all.
And yet the marines aren't in Afghanistan the more dangerous theatre :roll:
Wah!

Except, er, when they were in Afghanistan. For the last six months.

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