Frequently asked Questions

Sponsorship

  • Can I get sponsored to attend university first before joining?

    Yes, there are sponsorships available to Potential Officer candidates. However, each case is assessed on an individual basis so you need to speak to your local Careers Advisers for advice.

Joining

  • Can I join the Royal Marines if I have asthma?

    Each case is assessed on an individual basis, so the best thing to do would is speak to your local Careers Advisers for advice.

  • How do I apply to be a Royal Marines Commando?

    You can start your application online. You'll then go through a selection process designed to help us find out more about each other. You do not need any formal qualifications to join although you must be aged from 16 to 32 years.

  • How long after my PRMC will I start basic training?

    It depends on how well you do on the PRMC. Some people are not quite ready to start straight away and are asked to go away and do some more training. If we feel you are ready to join, then you could start between 4-8 weeks later.

  • How long does the application process take?

    From starting the process, through to the PRMC and entering training can take between 3 and 6 months. The actual time will depend a lot on your individual needs.

  • What are the academic entry requirements to become a Royal Marines Officer?

    To become a Royal Marines Officer, the minimum entry requirements are at least 180 UCAS points from 2 non-overlapping subjects, with at least 45 points from each subject. You also need 5 GCSEs (A* - C), which must include English and Maths. Applicants with alternative qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

Leaving

  • Do I receive a pension if I have been in the Royal Marines?

    You will receive a full pension after 20 years of service – not something available in many civilian roles these days. You will also be eligible for a pension at retirement age if you served for less time.

Pension

  • Do I receive a pension if I have been in the Royal Marines?

    You will receive a full pension after 20 years of service – not something available in many civilian roles these days. You will also be eligible for a pension at retirement age if you served for less time.

Commando

  • How do I apply to be a Royal Marines Commando?

    You can start your application online. You'll then go through a selection process designed to help us find out more about each other. You do not need any formal qualifications to join although you must be aged from 16 to 32 years.

The Life

  • How do Royal Marines Commandos stay motivated when they are cold, wet, tired and hungry?

    It's all about State of Mind. That's what helps you to stay focused and deal with any situation. During training you will develop that Royal Marines Commando State of Mind, and once you've got it, it won't leave you.

Pay

  • How does the Royal Marines pay compare with that of other careers?

    The pay is generous and on par with civilian salaries and other Armed Services. Plus there are a number of other benefits that you just wouldn't get in a civilian job. You'll also receive extra payments when you are deployed on exercise or operations to help with expenses like Council Tax.

Training

  • How hard is the training?

    Our training is extremely tough, but we are the best at what we do, so it has to be. It’s all achievable as long as you stay positive and find the right state of mind to get through the difficult days.

  • How long is the training?

    Recruit training lasts 9 months. Young Officer training lasts 15 months. If you get injured or become ill training may take slightly longer. Although this seems a long time it goes extremely quickly and once you have earned your coveted Green Beret you are ready to deploy with your Unit anywhere in the world.

Holiday

  • How much annual leave will I get a year?

    Once you've passed out and been awarded your Green Beret, you'll get 6 weeks paid leave per year.

Officer

  • What are the academic entry requirements to become a Royal Marines Officer?

    To become a Royal Marines Officer, the minimum entry requirements are at least 180 UCAS points from 2 non-overlapping subjects, with at least 45 points from each subject. You also need 5 GCSEs (A* - C), which must include English and Maths. Applicants with alternative qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

Benefits

  • What benefits will I receive when I join?

    The Royal Marines have a package of benefits that is rarely equalled today. This includes a good pension, low cost accommodation, free medical and dental cover, good paternity benefits and a range of travel expenses entitlements. Sports facilities are also available on most ships and all shore establishments and are free to use. Extra money and time away from your place of work is sometimes available for sport and adventure training as well as education and development courses.