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Posted on: 12 November 2018

Meeting the Marines

A warm autumnal day was the setting for some students from Year 10 and 11 to meet the Royal Marines in Portsmouth last week.

The students were put through their paces with a very physically demanding PT session from an ex-TPS student, Joe Jones, who has been serving as a Marine for the last 9 years.  The students also had a taster of what it would be like to abseil by launching themselves off a high scaffolding tower. 

Next was a presentation of some of the work that the Marines take part in worldwide which includes humanitarian aid, escorting ships to avoid pirates and taking a turn at guarding Buckingham Palace.  The students were then allowed to handle some of the weapons that the Marines would use, some of which could accurately reach a target up to 5km away.

All of the students had an exhilarating ride in a rib on the Solent, which was said to be exhilarating, but also incredibly scary and very wet!

Undeterred by the day, most of the students said they would still like to consider a career with the Royal Marines, who are still waiting to recruit their first female Marine: several have tried and not been able to pass all of the tests.