Royal Marines Officer

Service:Royal Marines
Combat and security
Royal Marine

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Can you lead the leaders? The Royal Marines are the world’s most elite amphibious force. And if you’re a Royal Marines Commando Officer you’ll be in charge of the best. Your determination will know no bounds, just like your ability to get the most out of your team. As you tackle some of our most challenging operations, you’ll encounter everything from the hottest deserts, to the freezing Arctic. And to get the job done, you’ll need that something special that sets you apart: your state of mind.

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Your role

  • Lead deployments to wherever your team is needed, from humanitarian aid and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, to responding to global conflicts in some of the most hostile environments imaginable.
  • Operate from Royal Navy ships and aircraft, using state of the art weapons as you deploy to conflict zones all over the world. You might be neutralising a terrorist threat in North Africa one day, and supporting domestic forces in the Middle East the next.
  • Embody the Royal Marines ethos. That means combining the Commando values (excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility), the Commando qualities (courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness), with the Commando mindset: “Be the first to understand; the first to adapt and respond; and the first to overcome.”
  • The people you lead will be exceptional soldiers, who are prepared to go wherever you ask them. To command their respect, you’ll need to show that you can do whatever you ask of them. That’s why you’ll complete the same Commando course, and play a hands-on role in every operation.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • A Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute 
  • Vocational qualification based on your chosen specialisation

Skills you'll develop

  • How to lead the world’s most elite amphibious troops and protect our nation’s interests 
  • Essential military, strategic, decision-making, management and leadership skills

Career progression

What you'll need


  • Aged 18 to 25 when you start Basic Training
  • You’ll need a minimum of 96 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g. BTEC)
  • You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
  • Minimum height of 151.5cm
  • 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
  • Women interested in a career in Ground Close Combat roles in the Royal Marines may be at greater risk than men from Musculoskeletal injury, reproductive health and mental ill-health – click here for more information
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

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Skills and interests

  • A natural leader, self-discipline
  • Physical fitness and mental robustness
  • Positivity in the face of adversity
  • The ability to make decisions under pressure

Starting your career

Joining process

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

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctor

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing two 2.4km runs on a treadmill that’s set to a 2% incline

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Marines, and to ensure you’re ready for the rigours of the Potential Officers Course (POC)

  • The Potential Officers Course (POC)

    This 4-day course is your introduction to life in the Royal Marines, and includes a number of physical tests. You’ll learn all about our ethos and have the opportunity to show us you’ve got the unique state of mind needed for life in the Royal Marines

  • The Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This two-day competency-based assessment is unique to officers and is designed to find out if you have what it takes, mentally and physically, to succeed as a Royal Marines Commando Officer

Initial training

Once you’ve passed the recruiting process you’ll be given a date to start Basic Training at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone. You’ll spend 15 months here, learning all the skills you need to become an elite amphibious soldier.

You’ll join with a group of fellow Young Officer Recruits, known as a batch. You’ll stay with your batch throughout your time at CTCRM, finishing your training and earning your green beret together. You’ll also develop the advanced tactical skills and leadership qualities you’ll need to motivate, train and inspire Royal Marines Commandos in camp, on exercise, and in the field. 

You’ll take part in regular exercises, including a three-week deployment to the USA towards the end of the course. You’ll also need to pass the same Commando Course as other ranks, which includes four tests: an endurance course, a nine-mile speed march, a Tarzan assault course, and a 30-mile march. The only difference is, you’ll have to complete these tests in a shorter time than other ranks recruits.

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

You’ll complete your Officer Training with Advanced Military Management Training and Unit Management, Exercise Planning and Final Exercise phases. These will give you the strategic, decision-making, management and leadership skills that you’ll call upon every day. 

Your personal development will continue throughout your career in the Royal Marines, with regular opportunities to gain specialist skills and further enhance your leadership abilities.