What does it take to be a Royal Marine?

More than most people have to give. That’s what it takes to be part of the world’s most elite amphibious fighting force. From the moment you begin the joining process, you’ll begin to have an understanding of what life as a Royal Marine is all about. Every physical test you encounter has a minimum requirement, but there’s only one thing worse than not making the grade. That’s not going to your absolute limit. Because that’s what you’ll need to do, every day you pull on your green beret.

There’s one thing that all our people share. That special state of mind. It’s the foundation of life in the Royal Marines. To prove you have it you’ll need to demonstrate certain qualities, every day.


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Ready to apply?

If you can satisfy this basic eligibility criteria, you can begin the joining process.

Royal Marines Commando

  • Aged 16 to 32 when you start Basic Training
  • There is no minimum qualifications requirement
  • A maximum BMI of 28kg (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
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National. 

Commonwealth applicants applying from inside their country of origin must be aged minimum 18.  If a resident in the UK Commonwealth applicants are eligible to apply at 16.  Current valid passports and visas (where applicable) are a mandatory requirement to be eligible to apply, it is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that they have permission to be in the UK and this permission is valid for the entirety of the recruitment process up to the point entry. 


Royal Marines Commando Officer

  • Aged 18 to 25 when you start Basic Training
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas. If you took you A-levels before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C
  • A BMI between 18 to 28. There may be some exceptions to the upper BMI rate if your waist measures less than 94cm
  • Minimum height of 151.5cm, and minimum weight of 65kg
  • A national of the United Kingdom who has lived in the UK for the last 5 years, or a dual national