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.

Courage

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Determination

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Togetherness

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Amphibiousness

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Physicality

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Cheerfulness

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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 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
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National

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

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. 

 

 


Royal Marines Commando Officer

  • Aged 17 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 maximum BMI of 28. (There may be some exceptions to the upper BMI rate if your waist measures less than 94cm) or a minimum BMI of 23
  • Minimum height of 145cm, and minimum weight of 65kg
  • National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National

If you're a Commonwealth applicant applying from inside your country of origin you must be aged at least 18. If you're a resident in the UK and a Commonwealth applicant you're eligible to apply at 17. Current valid passports and visas (where applicable) are a mandatory requirement to be eligible to apply, and it's your responsibility to ensure that you have permission to be in the UK, and that this permission is valid for the entirety of the recruitment process up to your point of entry.