It takes a team of cutting edge military professionals to make the Royal Marines the elite fighting force that we are. So once you’ve completed your basic training, you’ll get to choose from a number of specialisations.
They include anything from Armoured Support, Drill Instructor and Heavy Weapons Mortar to Information Systems, Landing Craft and Mountain Leader.
Leading your men through critical and sometimes extreme situations across every imaginable terrain is a privilege. It’s also a responsibility for which you’ll be well prepared. This is why as a Royal Marines Officer, you’ll get to choose a specialist area.
It could be anything from Heavy Weapons Officer and Pilot Officer, to Landing Craft and Intelligence Officer. It means that no matter what you encounter in the line of duty you’ll be equipped and ready to make the right decisions.
For a full list of available specialisms, take a look at the Royal Marines career guide.
As a Driver, you’ll be trained on a range of vehicles, from Land Rovers to pick-up system (DROPS) supply trucks. All vehicles are vital to the support of the Commando Brigade.
Armoured vehicles provide Royal Marines Commandos with support and protection. You’ll be trained to drive them through all types of environments (including swimming in deep water) and make sure they’re in perfect working order, whatever the conditions.
You’ll gather information on the enemy. You’ll analyse information and turn it into intelligence, then pass it on through written assessments, graphics and in spoken briefs. This intelligence will then be used to plan operations.
You’ll be a central figure in the lives of new recruits, with a vital role in training them to become Commandos. You’ll also keep up our worldwide reputation for precision on parades, taking overall responsibility for ceremonial drills, drills on state occasions, such as remembrance parades, and other occasions.
HEAVY WEAPONS ANTI-TANK
As an Anti-Tank Specialist, you’ll be trained to identify enemy tanks and other armoured vehicles, then use the Javelin anti-tank missile system and the heavy machine gun to hold back the enemy threat.
Our computer networks allow us to deliver up-to-date battle information to Royal Marines Commandos working in the field. As an Information Systems Specialist, you’ll be trained to design and maintain this vital and complex equipment.
You’ll become highly-trained in the art of long-range reconnaissance. This is where you will operate in small groups forward of our own lines and report information back to the Command. You’ll be trained as a Military Rock Leader in all aspects of vertical assault and military mountaineering in often dangerous and difficult environments. You’ll also provide instruction, when needed, to all other arms of the British forces.
Stores Accountants do a vital job, making sure Royal Marines Commandos have the right kit in the right place, at the right time. Wherever you’re based, which could be at sea or on land anywhere in the world, you’ll need to be highly organised, as lives will depend on you.
As a Medical Assistant you’ll learn advanced first aid and skills to deal with accidents and emergencies, so you can carry out life-saving procedures in the field with limited medical facilities.
The Royal Marines’ Military Police are in charge of security and convoy control, as well as enforcing the law. You may also be responsible for protecting senior officers on operations, or personnel from the British Embassy and High Commission in countries around the world.
Signals Specialists provide communications between land, sea and air forces and Royal Marines Commandos in the field, using everything from satellite links to hand-held radios.
You will be trained in electronics and telecommunications, and be involved in maintaining and repairing our radio-communications links.
YEOMAN OF SIGNALS
As a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the communications field, you can apply for further training as a Yeoman of Signals. In this specialist role you’ll manage the complex communications planning for brigade level and commando operations.
We use a huge range of personal weapons, support weapons and equipment. As an Armourer, you’ll be responsible for keeping everything from night sights to machine guns and sniper rifles working perfectly, whatever the conditions.
You’ll provide expertise in human resources and information management, administrative support and cash accounting within the Royal Marines, Special Forces and wider defence.
After your passing-out parade, you’ll normally start your career as a General Duties Marine (GD), serving as a Rifleman in a commando unit, joining the Fleet Protection Group guarding the UK’s nuclear weapons or training to board ships at sea as part of a Fleet Standby Rifle Troop.
Assault Engineers are trained to build bridges, field defences, obstacles and other structures used in commando operations. You’ll also be trained in mine warfare, demolition and using explosives.
You’ll be responsible for using our state-of-the-art electronic warfare equipment and intercepting and analysing enemy radio activity to get information on their actions. This information will help Commanders to plan for, and carry out, operations on the ground.
HEAVY WEAPONS AIR DEFENCE
Protecting commando units and Royal Navy ships from air attack is a vital part of modern warfare. You’ll work as part of a small, tight-knit team and be trained in all aspects of air defence.
HEAVY WEAPONS MORTAR
Mortars are an important part of our resources, helping us attack enemy forces from nearly six kilometres away. You’ll learn how to operate mortars and accurately direct fire onto targets.
We use various types of landing craft to transport Royal Marines Commandos from ship to shore. You’ll be trained to drive all types of assault vessels, from small, high-speed raiding craft to vehicle carriers and hovercraft.
PLATOONS WEAPONS INSTRUCTOR
In this highly-skilled specialist job, you’ll train your fellow Royal Marines Commandos, NonCommissioned Officers and Officers in all aspects of weapons handling and marksmanship. During your career, you may work as a Modernised Urban Combat (MUC) Instructor, train snipers and work with armed forces from other nations.
Swimmer Canoeists are members of the Special Boat Service (SBS). Once you’ve passed the UK Special Forces Selection Course (a big achievement in itself), you’ll be trained to the highest standards in surveillance, reconnaissance, parachuting and survival skills.
Working in extreme environments is hard on our kit. You’ll develop a range of skills, including sheet-metal work, repairing glass-reinforced plastic, blacksmithing techniques, welding, panel beating and oxyacetylene cutting, to keep our vehicles, boats and other equipment in working order.
PHYSICAL TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
As a Physical Training Instructor (PTI), you’ll be responsible for delivering physical training and combat conditioning, sport, adventure and recreational training for both recruits and trained ranks. After qualifying you’ll have opportunities to specialise as a close-combat, rehabilitation or adventure-training instructor.
SPECIAL FORCES COMMUNICATOR (SFC)
As an SFC, you’ll provide direct, close-support communications to the Special Boat Service (SBS) and all other parts of the UK Special Forces. So, because you’ll be working alongside them, you’ll need to develop many of the same skills for this incredibly challenging specialist job.
Our fleet is made up of over 2800 different types of equipment. Your job will be to keep them running during peacetime and operations.
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HEAVY WEAPONS OFFICER
As a Heavy Weapons Officer, you’ll be trained how to tactically use mortars, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons or the heavy machine gun. You could be responsible for up to 80 other Heavy Weapons Specialists as well as their vehicles and equipment.
MOUNTAIN LEADER OFFICER
Mountain Leaders specialise in mountain and cold-weather warfare. You’ll be trained in climbing, mountaineering, route finding, reconnaissance and survival. As well as using these skills in operations, you’ll be involved in training other Royal Marines Commandos. Mountain Leaders are needed to operate in dangerous environments. The Mountain Leader branch also train the reconnaissance operations for 3 Commando Brigade.
LANDING CRAFT OFFICER
Landing Craft Officers are specialists in amphibious operations. You’ll be trained to plan and oversee beach assaults and raiding operations, command landing craft and supervise maintenance.
Signals Officers specialise in planning and managing the fast, reliable information communications systems which are so important to the success of our work.
As an Intelligence Officer, you’ll put together and interpret the information that senior officers need to make vital decisions.
Flying the helicopters of the Commando Helicopter Force, you could be delivering troops and supplies to the front line, carrying out reconnaissance missions, evacuating injured people or launching a land attack. You could also be chosen to train as a fast jet Pilot alongside your Royal Navy colleagues.
PHYSICAL TRAINING AND SPORTS OFFICER
Physical fitness is central to life in the Royal Marines. As a Physical Training and Sports Officer, you’ll plan and manage training programmes for large numbers of men, and you could go on to manage Royal Marines training facilities.
SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE OFFICER
Only the very best qualify to serve as Special Boat Service (SBS) Officers. You’ll become an expert in swimming, diving, parachuting, navigation, demolition and reconnaissance, and eventually lead missions with the UK’s Special Forces.
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