Royal Marines Reserve
The Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) act in support of UK’s Amphibious Forces. All the volunteers within the RMR have passed through the same rigorous Commando Course as their regular Royal Marines counterparts and may be civilians with no previous military experience have transferred from the Territorial Army or be former Royal Marines.
The volunteers who make up the RMR are from varied backgrounds and are drawn from all walks of civilian or former military life.
The RMR consists of approximately 600 trained ranks, who are distributed between the five RMR Centres across the UK. These are based in London, Bristol, Mersey, Tyne and Glasgow, with numerous outlying detachments. Approximately 10% of the RMR are working with the regular Royal Marines on long term attachments in many of the Royal Marines regular units.
RMR Basic Training and the Commando Course are not for the fainthearted. They require real commitment and determination and put great demands on recruits’ spare time and dedication. Over a period of 8 to 10 months, recruits are required to attend training at their RMR Unit one evening a week and usually two weekends a month. In addition they must work on their physical fitness in their own time. To undergo and complete RMR Basic Training a recruit must remain self-motivated and dedicated, while balancing his RMR work with family life and civilian employment.
However, all that is good requires effort and it is the challenge of undergoing one of the toughest courses any Reservist can attempt that spurs many on to join and, with the support of fellow recruits, colleagues, family and employers, to succeed. Winning the right to wear the coveted green beret as many before have done is a significant achievement and marks out the Royal Marines Reservist as a highly trained, committed and mentally tough soldier.
HMS King Alfred Recruiting EveningHMS King Alfred, Fraser Building, Whale Island, Portsmouth, PO2 8ER 4 June 2013
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