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Can I join the British Royal Marines if I"m a Polish citizen?


trix42 1 | 2  
24 Nov 2009 /  #1
Hey, i have been thinking about joining british royal marines for some time now but i am concerned about my nationality, i live in UK for 3 years but i havent filled any residency forms or anything like that. So can i join royal marines with polish nationality? if not what would i have to do to be able to join?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007  
24 Nov 2009 /  #2
You have to have lived in the UK for 5 years and become a British citizen. At the moment as far as I know they have been discussing about letting the Polish sign up, but for now you have to get citizenship to apply.
derek trotter 10 | 203  
24 Nov 2009 /  #3
trix42

have you considered French foreign legions?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007  
24 Nov 2009 /  #4
That would be my suggestion.
OP trix42 1 | 2  
24 Nov 2009 /  #5
French foreign legions

I have but i am especially intrested in RM because of high standard of training.
derek trotter 10 | 203  
24 Nov 2009 /  #6
trix42
Royal forces - British citizenship, you haven't achieve it yet so c'est la vie

or

French Foreign Legion - contact with obligation to serve for certain time, that should suit your needs if you are a military kind man
jonni 16 | 2,485  
24 Nov 2009 /  #7
But if you can wait a year, you should be able to start the application process for citizenship etc.

In the meantime, why not enquire about the TA?
santander 1 | 68  
24 Nov 2009 /  #8
Foreign legion will take you straight away, no questions. asked about nationality or residency forms or background.
jonni 16 | 2,485  
24 Nov 2009 /  #9
Do they really bury people up to their necks in sand?
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
24 Nov 2009 /  #10
Foreign legion will take you straight away, no questions. asked about nationality or residency forms or background.

Not quite sure you get a final salary pension with the FL though :D

Also, you cant join the TA unless you are British Citizen.
jonni 16 | 2,485  
24 Nov 2009 /  #11
Amathyst

I didn't know that. It's a shame really.

Trix, how old are you? If you're under a certain age, or a University student, there may be some more options.
santander 1 | 68  
24 Nov 2009 /  #12
Do they really bury people up to their necks in sand?

No only on reality tv "I'm a Celebrity let me stay in here as long as it takes to resurrect my failing career"
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
24 Nov 2009 /  #13
I didn't know that. It's a shame really.

The TA has the same rules as the regular army, since they are both employed by the MoD.
jonni 16 | 2,485  
25 Nov 2009 /  #14
There should be something for non-citizens who come from friendly countries.They'd have to swear allegiance to the Crown, but it isn't a problem for the police, who are recruiting Poles.
OP trix42 1 | 2  
25 Nov 2009 /  #15
Thanks for the info everyone, really helped me a lot

cheers
jonni 16 | 2,485  
25 Nov 2009 /  #16
trix42

And good luck - hope it goes well for you!
Trevek 26 | 1,702  
29 Dec 2009 /  #17
This might give you some idea.

royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/how-to-join/eligibility/

If you do have an interest in The French Foreign legion, you can write to them for information. They'll send you brochures and an idea of pay (seriously, I did it once). Trouble is that it is a fixed 5 year service.

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