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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
  • Selection weekend
  • 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 Reservists, 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 Reserve. 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.


Selection weekend


The weekend selection process will test your mental and physical suitability for Royal Marine’s training encompassing the same physical tests that potential regular recruits undertake. Once you’ve passed all the tests we will make you a formal offer of entry and you'll start your basic training at your local RMR Detachment.

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