The Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, known as CTCRM, is the principal training centre for the Royal Marines.
Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone
Based at Lympstone in Devon CTCRM selects and trains all Royal Marines Officers, recruits and reserves. CTCRM is unique in that it also provides all Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) command training as well as training 70% of all Royal Marines specialists.
CTCRM is the only UK training establishment that trains to Operational Performance Standard which means that on departing CTCRM all trainees are trained and able to deploy direct on Operations. In the last 12 months it has seen Officers and Recruits deploy direct from the parade ground to Afghanistan, North Africa and the Indian Ocean.
CTCRM is divided into 3 training wings, each commanded by its own CO.
Command Wing is responsible for training all Young Officers and NCO’s from Corporal to Regimental Sergeant Major. Command Wing are also responsible for command training of the Royal Marines Band Service and the Royal Marines Reserves.
Commando Training Wing trains all Royal Marines Recruits, as well as Reserves and the initial training for all Bandsmen and Women. It is also responsible for running the All Arms Commando Course which selects and trains Servicemen and Women from the other 3 services, and occasionally from abroad, to be able to serve alongside the Royal Marines anywhere in the world.
Specialist Wing trains 70% of all Royal Marines specialists ranging from;
- Weapons instructors be they light or heavy weapons
- Physical Training Instructors
- Mountain Leaders
- Armoured Vehicle Operators
- Assault Engineers
- Drill Leaders
- Information Managers
Facilities at Lympstone are wide-ranging.
They include a first class gymnasium complex and swimming pool for combat swimming tests, an indoor range simulator incorporating the latest laser technology, a modern urban combat training complex, a nearby 300-metre rifle range to hone recruits’ shooting skills and on-site training areas within the 77 acre base.
In addition CTCRM has access to 2,500 acres of nearby Woodbury Common, as well as the training areas of Dartmoor and others in Wales and Scotland.
On average, 1,300 recruits, 2,000 potential recruits and 400 potential officers attend training courses and acquaint courses at CTCRM every year. In addition the Training Wings run upwards of 320 courses a year for a further 2,000 students.
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Colonel Dave Kassapian joined the Royal Marines as a Second Lieutenant in 1989, having completed a BA(Hons) in English from Manchester University.
He has served in 40 Cdo as a Troop commander, a Company 2IC and a Company commander, completing multiple Norway deployments and 2 tours of Iraq. A third tour of Iraq was completed in 2008 as ACOS Plans for the Multi National Security Transitional Command – Iraq.
Joint appointments have included MA2 to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments), joining three weeks before 9/11 in 2001, and within Navy Resources and Plans in MoD as the desk officer responsible for the Royal Marines in the build up to, and during SDSR in 2010.
Within the Navy, he has been SO1 Op Pol in Northwood, working for COMOPS and liaising with PJHQ, and has also been the XO of NP 1002 (Diego Garcia). Most recently, he has been the Team Leader for the Personnel Management of RM Officers and Other Ranks within Navy Command HQ.
Within the Corps, Dave has taken RM recruits through training, selected RM Officers as Head of the Potential Officers Course, and held the posts of SO1 Trg at CTCRM; SO2 Manning within the now defunct HQRM; and also SO2 Ops on exchange within the Dutch Marines Bde HQ in the Netherlands.
He recently held the post of Chief of Staff to COMUKAMPHIBFOR. He took over as Commandant, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines on the 5th October 2012.
He completed ACSC and an MA in 2001, is a member of CDS’ Strategy Forum, and is President of Royal Marines Rugby Union. Married with two boys, his interests include golf, rugby, and parenthood.
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