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IAM Serving Britain's Commandos

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IAM Serving Britain's Commandos

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The Royal Marines Commandos are one of the UK's elite fighting forces. This reputation cannot be maintained without high quality administrators. The selection of Marines to train as Clerks takes place at the Commando Training Centre in Devon, but only after each Marine has served a minimum of 1 2 months as a rifleman in a Commando Unit.

The Clerks course operates an intensive round of training which includes classified document handling, information management and security, human resources, pay and allowances, keyboard skills and defence writing amongst other subjects. Each Marine is encouraged to progress through the ranks. This involves passing demanding command and specialist courses within the Commando Training Centre. Successful completion of the above courses may lead to those individuals becoming Information Support Officers and, inevitably, becoming the coveted Administration expert within a Fighting Commando Unit.

Finally, a very select number of individuals may be invited to take on the intense selection process to become the one, single point of contact for all other clerks. He assists in their career management promotion, assignments, welfare, and training and is also heavily involved in policy and training matters, Additionally he is the single point of contact with the IAM.

So how does the IAM fit into this? …

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