Marines Commando: Stages and standards

Most people wouldn’t even contemplate putting their body under the strain that joining the Royal Marines requires. Now you’ve decided to become a Royal Marines Commando, you’re here because you want to make sure you make the grade.

You’ll faced with an exacting standards that you’ll need to meet and exceed if you’re to prove you can hack it as a Royal Marines Commando. Most of these tests have a minimum requirement, but it is a key part of the Royal Marines ethos to push to the limit, regardless of what is acceptable.


Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC)

This physically and mentally demanding four-day course will push you to the limit. It’s your chance to show that you have all the attributes, as well as the unique state of mind, required to be a Royal Marines Commando.

Your AFCO will arrange for you to attend the PRMC, which takes place at CTCRM, Lympstone. 

Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC)

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. 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:

12.30 then 9.30 mins

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 four 50m lengths 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

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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