Royal Marines Officers: The joining process

As a Royal Marines Officer you’ll be leading and managing a team of highly trained Royal Marine Commandos in some of the most diverse and challenging environments on the planet. It takes a certain set of personal qualities to show the way to some of the most elite amphibious troops in the world. That’s why the joining process is rigorous, and can seem lengthy. It involves a series of interviews, plus mental and physical tests, to ensure the Royal Marines is right for you – and that you’re right for the Royal Marines.

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows

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REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Once you’ve reviewed the Royal Marines Commando Officer role information, you need to fill in a simple form to register your interest. If you're ready to apply please indicate this and we'll send you an online application form. Alternatively, if you need more information we will be in touch to discuss your options. 

Remember:
Registering your interest or returning your application
DOES NOT commit you to joining.

REVIEW, REGISTER AND APPLY
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DEFENCE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT

We'll then arrange for you to take the Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA), which all potential recruits have to sit. It tests your specific general intellectual ability, and how well you do shows your capacity to cope with the academic aspects of Royal Marines Officer selection.

After your DAA you'll have a short initial interview with your Area Careers Liaison Officer (ACLO), which is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform, who will talk you through the recruitment process and your suitability for a career in the Royal Marines. During this interview they will talk you through your Officer Applicant Questionnaire. This is a form that is sent prior to your DAA and provides you with the opportunity to highlight your relevant skills and experience.

Learn about the DAA
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MEDICAL AND EYE TESTS

The medical and eye examinations are necessarily quite comprehensive, because life as Royal Marines Officer is very physically demanding.

Your tests must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors, who are based all around the country. Your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) will arrange an appointment for you at a convenient time and location.

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TAKE THE FITNESS TEST

Before you can join the Royal Marines you'll have to pass the Pre-Joining Fitness Test Plus (PJFT+). This is a more challenging test than the one taken by candidates joining other branches of the Royal Navy, as you would expect, and will require you to be at the very peak of fitness and in prime physical condition.

The PJFT+ is a circuit assessment. You have to complete the circuit four times, with each requiring the completion of 20 x burpees, 30 x sit ups, 20 x press ups and a one minute plank. On completion of the four circuits you'll have to perform a set of five pull ups.

You'll have a total of two attempts at passing the Pre-Joining Fitness Test Plus.

GET FIT TO JOIN
5

ADMIRALTY INTERVIEW BOARD

We’ll invite you to a formal interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Marines and ensure you are ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB). This is much like any other job interview, so you should prepare accordingly.

The AIB is a stage of the joining process that’s specific to officers. It is designed to assess your suitability to join the Royal Marines as a leader against a set of 6 core competencies.

PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW
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OFFICER SELECTION COURSE

The Royal Marines Officer Selection Course (OSC) is your introduction to life in the Royal Marines and indicates your potential to begin Royal Marines Initial Training. Over the course of four days you'll complete a number of physical tests in a range of challenging environments, and learn all about our ethos. Train efficiently and keep a positive state of mind, and you’ll stand a good chance of passing. If you can prove that you are able to think clearly under pressure and operate to high levels when fatigued, you will be invited to interview.

Once you’ve completed the OSC successfully you must stay in peak physical condition, as Initial Training is also extremely demanding. To do so, you can follow the Royal Marines Fitness programme.

GET YOUR FITNESS PLAN
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ROYAL MARINE FINAL SELECTION BOARD

Once you’ve completed the OSC successfully you will be fully assessed and given a final mark. A fair mark based upon your performance and effort throughout the course, this will be provided by the Final Selection Board (FSB). It will determine whether you are selected to start Initial Training as a Royal Marines Officer.

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START TRAINING

Once you’ve passed all aspects of the recruiting process, you’ll need to pass a Security Check. Then, if you're chosen by the Final Selection Board, you’ll be able to start your Initial Royal Marines Officer Training – and your Royal Marines career – at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone. Your AFCO will buy your train ticket to help you get there, provide joining instructions, and tell you what kit you need.

With continued success throughout the entire course, you’ll spend 16 months at CTCRM and learn the skills you need to become an elite amphibious officer and lead your team effectively, decisively and successfully.

SEE WHAT THE TRAINING'S LIKE