Originally Posted By LIhpster:
While it's debatable whether the British forces are as effective as U.S. forces, what isn't debatable is they outshine us in audacity and style.
They're well trained. There's only 8,000 or so Royal Marines, but they are trained to a higher standard, IMO.
I have a friend that was a RM for the first part of whatever they called OIF. He got out as a cpl and enlisted in the USMC. He went through the MARSOC entry process, and easily
"That was easy" (I had to laugh when he said that because it reminded me of Eric Idle talking to the bridge troll) he said to me one night over a couple of cold ones. "It wasn't the physical part, but whether I'd fit in with that lot". Of course, they thought highly of him, but he didn't know it at the time. 1/9 sure as hell didn't want him to leave-they tried to keep him (he was a very good squad leader, and his sense of humor was outrageous- totally amusing).
You can find him on Youtube taking the "cinnamon challenge" with his wife and trying not to puke. This is an alcohol-related incident, of course.