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)


Royal Marines Officer Selection Course

The Royal Marines Officer Selection Course (RM OSC) is a two-and-a-half-day course at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, accommodated within the Officer’s Mess. Your AFCO will arrange for you to attend the course. Your one-way train ticket will also be purchased for you.

Your time here will push you to your absolute limit, both physically and mentally, clearly showing if you have what it takes to lead a team of highly trained Commandos. The course includes:

Physical assessments:

  • VO2 Max/Bleep test 
  • Press ups, sit ups and pull ups 
  • Swimming assessment
  • Overnight field exercise

Confidence and Determination assessments on the:

  • Endurance course
  • High obstacle course
  • Bottom field assault course

You’ll need to work efficiently under extreme pressure, making considered decisions, even when you're fatigued and well outside your comfort zone. That’s how you show real leadership and the unique state of mind that is required to be a Royal Marines Commando Officer. This is also assessed through:

Practical Leadership Test, assessing:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership ability

Delivery of a two-minute vignette on a randomly allocated subject, such as:

  • World politics
  • International relations and geopolitics

Running tests

You need to complete a 4.8km run in two parts. You'll have to run the first 2.4km as a group in under 12 minutes and 30 seconds. The pace is set by your Physical Training Instructor and serves as warm up. Then you’ll run the second 2.4km as quickly as you can, with a minimum requirement of less than 10 minutes 30 seconds. This will be conducted outside, and you will have a one-minute break between each run.

2.4 km squadded run on tarmac then 2.4 km best effort run

Requirements

Time to aim for:

12.30 then 10.30 mins

Satisfactory time:

 

Minimum pass time:

12.30 then 10.30 mins

Pass or fail

Running outside

Squad run

VO2 shuttle run


Gym tests

Your fitness will also be tested in the gym, where you will complete a series of exercises to Royal Marines standards, meeting minimum requirements and recording the best result you can. This includes the VO2 Max, also known as the ‘Bleep Test’.

Press-ups

Requirements

Number to aim for:

60 to bleep

Satisfactory number:

40 to bleep

Minimum number:

30 to bleep

Dietary supplements

If you have well balanced diet that provides the energy you need to train, you shouldn’t need any supplements.

Pull-ups

Requirements

Number to aim for:

16

Satisfactory number:

12

Minimum number:

3

Sit-ups

Requirements

Number to aim for:

85

Satisfactory number:

70

Minimum number:

60

Hydration

Keeping hydrated can help maintain physical and mental performance. Make sure you drink enough fluid to replace your daily losses. Be aware that if you are exercising hard then you may lose more water from sweating. Choose low sugar fluids such as water and milk.


Swim tests

You will need to jump off the 3-metre diving platform and complete 80m of breaststroke without any pauses, and pick up a rubber brick from the bottom of the deep end. If you struggle with any part of the assessment, you will be considered a weak swimmer and be advised on how to improve ahead of Basic Training.

Swimming is an excellent full body workout, and goes a long way towards improving your fitness levels to Royal Marines standard.

Jump off 3m board

Lower back pain

In most cases, rest will improve back pain

You don't need a gym

Spending hours in the gym won’t prepare you for the Royal Navy, you'll need a combination of road running and traditional exercises.

Retrieve a brick from bottom of pool

Retrieve a brick

Retrieve a brick from the bottom of the pool

Hydration

Keeping hydrated can help maintain physical and mental performance. Make sure you drink enough fluid to replace your daily losses. Be aware that if you are exercising hard then you may lose more water from sweating. Choose low sugar fluids such as water and milk.

Swim 80m


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