Get fit to join the Royal Marines

The Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC) and Potential Officers Course (POC) are among the toughest initial trainings of any elite force in the world. Get in great shape before you sign up using our training schedule, train efficiently and keep a positive state of mind, and you’ll stand a good chance of passing. We suggest you follow the programme for the full eight weeks prior to joining so you can increase your chances of success.

The physical challenges ahead

Before you make it to Lympstone you will have to pass the Royal Marines Pre Joining Fitness Test. This involves two runs of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) each with the treadmill set at a 2% incline. To pass you will need to do the first run in under 12 minutes 30 seconds. Then complete the second 2.4km run immediately afterwards in less than 10 minutes – regardless of your age.

Pass this and you can go on to do either the Potential Royal Marines Course or the Potential Officers Course. Find out more about these below.

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Potential Royal Marines Course

If you're applying to join as a Royal Marine Commando you will need to successfully complete the Potential Royal Marines Course – and prove you have what it takes for the challenges ahead.

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    Potential Officers Course

    If you’ve applied to join as a Royal Marines officer you will need to complete the Potential Officers Course and prove you have the leadership potential and are able to work as part of a team on this three-day course.

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      Now the real work begins with basic training at Royal Marine training centre Lympstone. Have you got what it takes to make it through and join the ranks?

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