Royal Marines Reserve
Take your place within a team of part-time amphibious soldiers. You’ll be just as world-class as your regular colleagues, wearing the same green beret, and undertaking the same operations. The only difference? You’ll do it all alongside your civilian career.
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- About you
- What you'll do
- What you'll get
You’re tough. Unless you’re joining as an ex-regular Royal Marine, getting through training will be the biggest challenge you’ve ever tackled. And once you’ve done it? That’s when you get your own green beret. You’ll need the flexibility to be deployable to wherever you’re needed, all over the world.
The Royal Marines Reserve is much more arduous than the Royal Navy Reserve, with a greater commitment required to prepare you for the rigours of the Commando Course – the same assessment undertaken by everyone who wears the green beret
Both Men and Women can become part of the world-class amphibious element of our Maritime Reserves, you just need to meet our basic eligibility criteria:
- You must be aged 16 to 32 when you start training
- The upper age limit may be waived for applicants with previous Royal Marines experience as a trained rank depending on specialisation, currency and rank
- Qualification requirements vary depending on the role
- A National of the United Kingdom, A Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
- Minimum height of 145cm
- A maximum BMI of 28 (there may be some exceptions to this maximum if your waist measures less than 94cm)
- A minimum weight of 65kg or a minimum BMI of 23
- Must pass Royal Marines Reserve Selection Weekend
- Pass the Naval Swimming Test
If you’re rejoining the Royal Marines or have previously served in the armed forces, you’ll need to apply through our Firefly scheme.