FIRST Into Action | Duncan Falconer | #65

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First into action is the story of Duncan Falconer who joined The Royal Marines and went on to passing selection with The Special Boat Service, based in Poole.

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First Into Action

Duncan Falconer joined the British Royal Marines at the age of 18. At 19 years of age, he attended SBS selection in Poole Dorset and was one of nine Marines to successfully complete the course out of 147 men. Most candidates are required to serve some time in a Commando unit before applying, however Duncan was given an exception. Later he was posted to 42 Commando as a career broadening opportunity. Duncan served the majority of his military service with the SBS. During his time in the military, he also served with the SAS and 14 Intelligence Detachment, deployed to Northern Ireland with each for one year and two and a half years respectively. After he left the Detachment he took a sabbatical for a year before returning to the SBS where he was posted to MAT (“Maritime Anti-Terrorism”) operations in which he was involved in a number of exercises retaking oil rigs and tankers.

Transcript from ‘First Into Action’ podcast

Chris and Duncan

C – Duncan, how are you brother?

D – I’m well and can I say thank you very much for inviting me on your podcast.

C- The honour is all mine. You look like you’re on a life raft!

D – Yep, I’ve just paused the ocean for this podcast, but I’ll get it going again soon.

C – It’s quite appropriate for our marines background that you’re at sea.

D – Actually it’s the North Sea so yeah it’s very appropriate! …

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