royal marines commando officer

Becoming a member of one of the world’s most elite amphibious forces is one thing. Leading a team of 30 Green Berets through every gruelling warfare environment on the planet is quite another. It takes a different kind of soldier. 

To succeed as a Royal Marines Commando Officer, you’ll need all the drive, courage and determination that already sets Green Berets apart. But you’ll also need the leadership skills and unwavering commitment to excellence in everything you do, to put you – and your team – at the vanguard of the UK’s military capability.

Dense jungle, biting arctic cold or searing desert heat certainly aren’t for everyone. It’s a unique career for unique people, with unique professional and personal development that make you truly world-class. 

Are you one of those people? It’s a state of mind. You may already have it. 

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Your pay and benefits

  • Starting salary of £25,727, increasing to £30,922 once you have your Green Beret
  • After 26 months as a Lieutenant you will be promoted to Captain with a salary of £39,628 
  • During training you’ll acquire a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute
  • Gain specialist, internationally recognised qualifications as your career progresses
  • Refine leadership acumen, efficiency, pragmatism, interpersonal skills and communication to the highest standards in the most demanding environments
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year, plus extra leave for overseas deployment
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation, plus food during Young Officer training
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Heavily subsidised/free academic education, practical training, civilian qualifications, sporting and adventurous/expedition opportunities
  • Worldwide travel and engaging cultural experiences

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Your Career Timeline

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Not everyone can be a Royal Marines Commando Officer. It takes extraordinary commitment to make the grade, but before you can even start earning your Green Beret, you need to satisfy this eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 18 - 25 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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If you think life as a Royal Marines Commando Officer 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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