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Everyone joining the Royal Marines has to meet some basic entry requirements. These differ depending on the service you’d like to join, whether you want to be an officer or a rating – and whether you’d like to be a full time Regular or a spare time Reserve. See if you’re eligible to join.
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.
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 two-day course.
Life as a Commando
Wearing the green beret means a life of adventure and challenge – where you deploy your specialist skills in some of the world’s toughest conditions. But you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to develop through ongoing training – and experience a camaraderie unique to the Royal Marines.
Life as a RM Officer
Becoming a Royal Marines Officer is a longer and more difficult training. Because in order to command your men effectively, they need to know you’ll never ask them to do something you can’t do yourself. Once you’ve passed your initial training, you’ll go on to learn all the tactical and leadership skills needed to motivate, train and inspire Royal Marine Commandos in camp, on exercise and on the field.
Life as a Royal Marines Reserve
Want to be part of an elite military group? Experience real adventure? And answer your country’s call when it needs you? Then the Royal Marines Reserve might be the challenge you’ve been looking for.
Royal Marines Band Service
The Royal Marines Band Service lets you combine music-making at a high level with an active, challenging military role. Throughout your career with the Royal Marines Band Service you will be playing at a consistently high level – for heads of state, for royalty and foreign dignitaries. As well as taking part in our world famous marching band, you'll also have crucial duties during active service.