We are the Royal Marines

Ready to deploy anywhere in all conditions.

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We push ourselves to the physical and mental limit so we can call ourselves Royal Marines Commandos. Underneath every green beret is our unique state of mind. We define it in six ways.




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Joining one of the world’s top military forces will challenge you like never before. It’s a process that will transform you into an elite commando, capable of going anywhere and overcoming all the odds. Only then can you fully understand why the green beret is so admired.

It doesn’t matter what the situation is. We never lose the mission mindset.

Jim, Royal Marine Colour Sargeant

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A force to be reckoned with since 1664

We’ve been making an impact right around the world for over three centuries.

Are you ready to pick up the mantle?

  • 1664

    We are an amphibious force, through and through. An Order-in-Council calls for 1,200 soldiers to be recruited for service in the Fleet. They were known as the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot.

  • 1704

    Defending the rock of Gibraltar against a nine month Spanish siege. This is how we earned the battle honour “Gibraltar” that to this day we wear proudly on our green berets.

  • 1805

    The Royal Marines play an important role in boarding actions at the Battle of Trafalgar.

  • 1944

    Dawn breaks on the morning of D-Day and we are among the first troops to land on French soil.

  • 1997 to now

    Evacuating locals in the West Indies during a volcanic eruption. In 2001, 40 Commando became the first British regular forces into Afghanistan and in 2003 The Brigade conducted an amphibious assault on the Al-Faw peninsula in one of the first battles in the Iraq War.


Getting the job done. By sea, land or air

We exist to be effective – no matter where or what the mission is. Operating from Royal Navy ships, aircraft and submarines, we cover ground fast, we tackle enemy positions, we rescue civilians and other military personnel and we secure bases for other forces. It’s demanding work but if you want a life of action and adventure, there’s nothing else like it.

The Response Force Task Group

When it comes to responding to threats or emergencies the UK needs a targeted and effective team. This is why we’re part of the UK’s Response Force Task Group. Working with other units and assets from across the British military, we deliver a flexible and capable response in any situation.

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Have you got the state of mind?


Combat in all conditions

The call of duty could come from anywhere so we prepare for every scenario. From amphibious beach landings to jungle and desert warfare to mountain and cold weather combat. We develop skills like boat driving, weapon handling climbing, skiing and mountaineering. Prove yourself worthy and you’ll learn how to rise above sand and snow, heat and cold – and fight like a true Royal Marine.

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We get to work with some incredible weapons and equipment. It’s one of the most exciting parts of my job.

John, General Duties Royal Marine


Bringing relief where it’s needed most

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Our ability to operate in extreme environments makes us the UK’s number one resource for dealing with natural, man-made or humanitarian crises. Without the need for access to normal communications, roads, power, food or water, we're able to reach stricken areas quickly – and make a real difference to the people that urgently need our help.

Protecting refugees from those doing them harm is hugely fulfilling. It makes all the training and hard work even more worthwhile.

Tom, Royal Marines Officer