Right through your training, you’ll take part in ﬁeld exercises that bring together everything you’ve learned so far. You’ll start off using basic skills like camouﬂage, concealment or night movement. Later, you’ll deploy from helicopters and fast assault boats and you’ll also attack and defend buildings at night. This is also where you’ll start to develop the essential leadership and tactical skills you’ll need if you choose to be a Royal Marines Ofﬁcer.
You will have regular tests throughout your training which will help us and you to see how you’re developing. We’ll test speciﬁc skills such as marksmanship, reading maps, drill or ﬁrst aid and give you an overall assessment during some of the exercises. You’ll know when these are happening and be fully prepared. If you don’t pass, we’ll help you put things right before you take the test again.
The four commando tests, which come towards the end of your training, are the ﬁnal proof that you’re ready for your green beret – and to start your career as a Royal Marines Commando, or continue your Young Ofﬁcer training.
The commando tests are as follows.
- The endurance course - You will work your way through two miles of tunnels, pools, streams, bogs and woods, then run four miles back to camp, all while you’re in combat equipment and carrying a weapon, and all in less than 72 minutes. When you get back, you’ll have to get six out of 10 shots on target in a shooting test.
- The nine-mile speed march - You need to complete this in 90 minutes, while carrying your equipment and a riﬂe.
- The Tarzan assault course - An aerial slide, ropes course, assault course and 30-foot wall, which you will need to complete in 13 minutes, while carrying your equipment and a riﬂe.
- The 30-mile march - A 30-mile march across Dartmoor, which you will need to complete in under eight hours with your equipment and a riﬂe. Ofﬁcers must cover the same route in seven hours.
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RM training diaries
Read fascinating training diaries written by the recruits and young Officers at Lympstone Commando Training Centre as the develop their skills.