Royal Marines Commando

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Service:Royal Marines
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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 unity and brotherhood. 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 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
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

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, 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 doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • The Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC)

    This four-day introduction to life in the Royal Marines is your opportunity to show you have what it takes to cope with the rigours of Basic Training. You’ll need to complete a number of physical tests to progress.

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 32 weeks here and learn the skills you need to become an elite amphibious soldier.

Basic Training Phase 1 (weeks 1-15) – Carry out field exercises, starting with basic skills like camouflage, concealment, and weapon handling, while also developing leadership skills. 

Basic Training Phase 2 (weeks 15-32) – Gain more specific skills like marksmanship, map reading and close quarter fighting, as well as mastering team tactics and extending your leadership skills even further. 

There will be four tests towards the end of training: an endurance course, a nine-mile speed march, a Tarzan assault course, and a 30-mile march. If you pass them, you’ll earn your coveted green beret. You’ll then become a Rifleman for the first two years of your career. 

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

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.