Royal Marines Commando

Fast track role A high priority role with an accelerated joining process.
Service:Royal Marines
Combat and security
Outdoor jobs
Royal Marines Commando in water pointing a gun

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Could you become part of the world’s most elite amphibious force and wear the coveted green beret? It’s not for everybody, that’s for sure. Digging deep to aim high, you’ll stop for nothing. In the most hostile environments, and on the most treacherous terrain. There’s no such thing as an average day in the Royal Marines, and there’s no such thing as an average Commando. You’ll need to be exceptional just like the rest of your team, with the same ethos – and the same state of mind.

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Your role

  • Play a key role in dealing with manmade, humanitarian and naturally occurring crises. Your missions will be varied, ranging from amphibious assaults and humanitarian aid, to large scale combat operations. 
  • Deploy to where you’re needed most, from the coldest climes and the hottest deserts, to the most hostile jungles and the highest mountains. Whatever challenges you face, you’ll need to adapt to get the job done.
  • Develop your military skills, before selecting a specialisation to become anything from an Armourer to a Mountain Leader. 
  • Travel the world, protecting your nation’s interests as part of a team renowned for its strength of unity. You’ll form ties – special bonds with your comrades – that will never be broken.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • HM Forces Level 2 Apprenticeship including functional skills Maths and English level 1 gained during recruit training
  • There are various civilian qualifications available dependent upon which specialist qualification a Marine goes on to pursue

Skills you'll develop

  • First-class leadership, and world-class teamwork
  • Essential military skills, as well as a specialisation such as abseiling, assault engineering or combat intelligence 

Career progression

What you'll need


  • Aged 16 to 32 when you start Basic Training
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National
  • 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
  • The ability to pass the swimming assessment during the Royal Marine Candidate Preparation Course 

Skills and interests

  • A true team player, self-discipline
  • Physical fitness and mental robustness
  • Positivity in the face of adversity 
  • The ability to cope well under pressure
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility and registered your interest, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit your application
  • Pass the Naval Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)
  • Attend formal interview, which is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform
  • Take medical and eye health tests
  • Pass the Pre-Joining Fitness Test Plus (PJFT+)
  • Complete the Royal Marine Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

Initial Training

Once you’ve passed the recruiting process you’ll be given a date to start Initial Training at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone. This Initial Training is a five-step process, with only successful candidates being progressed to the next stage. If successful at every stage, you’ll spend a total of 32 weeks here learning the skills you need to become an elite amphibious soldier. The stages comprise:

  • Recruit Orientation Phase
  • Individual Skills (Weeks 1 to 10)
  • Team and Section Skills (Weeks 11 to 15)
  • Troop and Urban Skills with Skills Consolidation and Test Exercise (Weeks 16 to 23)
  • Commando Phase (Weeks 24 to 32)

Professional training

At this stage you can choose an area of specialisation and train for roles such as armoured support, driver and medical assistant. And the higher up the ranks you climb, the more options you’ll have open to you.

For the following specialisations you’ll need to be promoted to Corporal:

  • Physical Training Instructor
  • Drill Instructor
  • Mountain leader
  • Platoon Weapons Instructor
  • Royal Marines Information System Specialist
  • Aircrewman

In exceptional circumstances, some Marines may spend more than two years in the General Duties Rifleman role.