Marines Commando Officer Stages and standards

The fact you want to get fit to become a Royal Marines Commando Officer says a lot about you. It says a lot about your character. The level of physical exertion required to earn the coveted Green Beret is more than most people can take. To help you make the grade and realise your career ambitions, we’ve outlined all the stages you need to complete, and the standards you’ll need to achieve to be successful.

The stages are as follows:

1. Pre-joining Fitness Test Plus
2. Admiralty Interview Board
3. Officer Selection Course
4. Final Selection Board
>> 5. Initial Training (Officer) << 

Initial Training (Officer)

Royal Marines Commando Officer Initial Training is one of the longest and most arduous programmes in the world. You’ll need to be in the best condition of your life to make it through. Lasting 16 months, your training will cover everything you need to learn, develop, hone and master to be able to do everything you might ask of your team. You'll also be trained in advanced tactical and leadership skills.

There are five phases to training, most of which have physical elements and all of which are challenging, testing and demanding.

You will be tested at every stage and, once trained to a suitable a level, expected to complete two specific challenges to prove you have the mettle and state of mind to by a Royal Marines Officer.

The areas that will require particular preparation from you are:

4.8km run outside

Complete a group 2.4km run, followed by an additional 2.4km individual run, outdoors within a specific time. Enter your details below to see the minimum requirement to achieve a pass. As with the majority of Royal Marine fitness, you will be expected to return the best possible time.

The Commando Course

This course is designed to replicate the conditions and rigours of a wartime environment, while exposing you to the challenges faced by individuals during Commando training in the Second World War. On completion of the exercise you will be required to complete the following tests in four consecutive days:

  • Endurance Course – You will need to complete this in less than 71 minutes
  • A 9-mile Speed March – You will need to complete this uphill route in less than 90 minutes
  • Tarzan Assault Course – This ropes and ladders course will need to be completed in less than 12 minutes
  • The 30-Miler – You will have 7 hours to complete this cross-terrain challenge

What you’ll be doing during training

You’ll push your body to the limit throughout Basic Training, completing a number of different physical exercises, and achieving specific results in order to progress. If you’re successful, you’ll have a base level of fitness that will benefit you as you start your career.