- Nov 23, 2020
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Is it possible to be posted to 1 PARA from training or do you need to serve in 2 or 3 PARA first?
If you want to go SFSG focus on getting to battalion first and getting a few decent SJARs under your belt. It’s not a place for the naive!! Speak to blokes with first hand experience and be all over your skills & drills. If you are SFSG you are directly supporting UKSF taskings and as such you’ve got to be a mature and switched on lad. Do the basics well and you’ll not go far wrong
I’m serving too. We run yearly cadres for Snipers, Signals, Patrols, Machine guns, Anti tanks and Mortars. SFSG, SF & PF is twice a year.This should probably help @Aldo This got posted on the royalmarines forum by a serving paratrooper. I can’t say whether it’s accurate or not but I’m sure someone who knows will comment.
“Soon as you pass out when you reach battalion, there is roughly 2 selection courses a year. Sometimes you can get on it straight away as a new bloke, or wait longer. It depends if the senior blokes want to go or not. In my experience I have seen most who decide to go. Go on the course and go across on the next available course.”
I’m serving too. We run yearly cadres for Snipers, Signals, Patrols, Machine guns, Anti tanks and Mortars. SFSG, SF & PF is twice a year.
Those wishing to apply for SFSG Cadre should follow the instructions in the extant DIN. There is no minimum service requirement but it does state that you’ll need a signed recommendation from your 1 RO. Hence why it’s best to let your boss actually form an opinion of you. Get in and ask via the appropriate channels. If you are green lighted to apply for the cadre go for it.Reference not really going from Depot any more, is there any truth that other life experiences can be taken into account? I've worked worldwide for a few years in some wacky countries doing adventure stuff, few languages there too (to a medium level). A serving SFSG lad i know told me "the no-straight-from-depot rule is mainly for new lads fresh off the Estate in Bradford before depot mate, you'll probably come here mega soon with what you've done". However, he's the only person that's ever said that and doesn't actually have any influence in decisions so wondering how gen that might be?