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Application process

To start with you must attend an initial interview or presentation. Then you must pass several tests and interviews.

These include:

  • Recruitment test
  • Medical and eye test
  • Pre joining fitness test
  • Potential Royal Marines Course (PMRC)
  • Security and Reference Check

For the full list of medical criteria, download our Eligibility and Guidance Notes (PDF).


You have to meet certain height criteria:

For all Royal Navy jobs you need to be at least 151.5cm tall. 

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Tests and interviews you must pass

Recruitment test


This tests your academic ability. There are four separate parts to it which you have to it which you have to complete within a limited time. These measure:

  • General reasoning
  • Verbal ability
  • Numeracy
  • Mechanical comprehension

We suggest trying some mock tests using our booklet. Download booklet (PDF)

Medical & eye tests


To become a Royal Marines Commando, you’ll first have to pass a medical exam and eye test to show you’re fit and healthy.

You will also have to pass an eyesight test since good vision is critical in the Royal Marines. You will be reading maps and charts during a mission, and working with complex weapons and equipment.

You will need to have your medical and eye tests done by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors but don’t worry, they’re based all around the country so there should be one near you. You can find out exactly what we’re looking for during the medical and eye test by viewing the medical criteria page.

Pre Joining Fitness Test


The Pre Joining Fitness involves completing a two runs of 2.4km run on a treadmill, at a fitness centre near you. For each run you will have the treadmill set at 2% incline . To pass, you will need to complete the first run in under 12 minutes 30 seconds then complete the second run immediately afterwards in under 10 minutes regardless of your age.

Potential Royal Marines Course


Once you've passed the Royal Marines Pre Joining Fitness Test, you'll then have to get through the Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC). A two-day training course at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, that will put your body to the test.

It's physically and mentally demanding, involving gym tests, endurance and obstacle courses as well as an interview with your course Corporal or course officer. Train efficiently and keep a positive state of mind and you’ll stand a good chance of passing.

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