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Royal Marines Commando

The fact that you’re even reading this sets you apart. Becoming a Royal Marines Commando makes you part of one of the most elite amphibious forces in the world. It’s a constant physical and mental examination that’s not for everyone. But you probably wouldn’t be interested if it were

Once you’ve earned your Green Beret, you’ll start a career taking on the toughest challenges, in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. Working with your mates to get the job done, all over the world. From landing on remote beaches, to navigating swamps in hostile territory.

This isn’t just a day job, it’s a lifestyle. You’ll need complete commitment to be successful, and in return you’ll enjoy a career like no other, with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally from the minute you start. It’s a state of mind. You may already have it.

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Your pay and benefits

  • Salary of at least £14,784 as soon as you start training
  • Earn over £18,000 after receiving your Green Beret, potentially rising to over £48,000 as your career progresses
  • Potential to earn additional pay if you specialise in certain disciplines
  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree, all paid for by us
  • Gain specialist, internationally recognised qualifications
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Adventurous training

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Your career timeline

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Eligibility

Really wanting it counts for a lot, but it’s not enough on its own. Before you can even begin to earn your Green Beret, you'll need to satisfy this eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 16 - 32 when you start Basic Training
  • A BMI between 18 - 28. There may be some exceptions to the upper BMI rate if your waist measures less than 94cm
  • Minimum height of 151.5cm
  • Minimum weight of 65kg
  • A national of the United Kingdom or Ireland, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK for the last 5 years, or a dual national
  • Prepared to declare all previous convictions, both spent and unspent
  • All piercings must be removable, and tattoos must not be offensive or visible when in dress uniform
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Leading the best

Royal Marines Commandos are some of the most highly trained soldiers on the planet. They go places others won’t. Doing things others can’t. It takes a certain kind of leadership to instil that kind of determination. If you think you have what it takes, find out about becoming a Royal Marines Commando Officer.

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How to apply

If you think life as a Royal Marines Commando suits your skills, ambitions and attitude, the next step is to submit an application. You’ll need to make sure that you’re eligible, before letting us know you’re interested using the online form. You won’t be making a commitment to join, instead we’ll just get in touch to talk through your options.

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