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Careers Reserves Royal Marines

Royal Marines Reserve

When you’re looking for a challenge that pushes you to your limits, you couldn’t do better than completing the world’s toughest military training – and earning that coveted green beret.


As a Royal Marines Reservist you’ll be an elite member of about 600 people who combine their civilian jobs with serving as part-time, fully trained Commandos. Just like regular Royal Marines Commandos, you’ll learn to deploy your skills in any location, environment and terrain.


Once you have some experience you’ll have the chance to specialise in assault engineering, anti-tank warfare, signals and other skills turning you into one of the most elite sources of extra military strength in the world.


Case study

Royal Marines Reserve

Jon is a software developer in his civilian career but a career in the Royal Marines always appealed to him.


While he was at university he found out about a Royal Marines Reserve unit based nearby. He liked the flexibility that being a Reservist offered him, letting him balance his military aspirations with his civilian job.


To him, being a Reservist is all about making lifelong friends. 


"The shared experiences make you pull each other along through training. Every time I thought I couldn’t go on, I’d just look at the other lads and think what a waste it would be to give up after all we’d been through."

Commando training

Now the real work begins with basic training at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon. Have you got what it takes to make it through and join the reserve ranks?


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