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I am married / have a partner. Will you help me with accommodation?

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Married quarters are available after you have completed basic training, but only for married couples. There is also service accommodation available for short term rental if families want to visit.

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What if my child wants to try the Royal Marines before committing?

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Your son may be able to take part in a week long “Look at Life course” at the Commando Training Centre (CTC) Lympstone. This is the first way of gaining some exposure to the Royal Marines but in order to find out more about what the life will be like, your son can attend the Potential Royal Marine Course or Potential Officer Course, also at Lympstone, which is a physical and mental test to see if your son has what it takes to successfully complete the full 32 weeks of Commando Training.

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What if my child wants to try the Royal Navy before committing?

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The Royal Navy runs a four-day acquaint course every week that gives prospective candidates a taster of what life will be like during initial training and on a ship or submarine. For more details speak to a Royal Navy Careers Adviser.

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Are there any opportunities throughout the year where I can do some training days with the Royal Marines?

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The best thing to do is keep your eye on the Royal Marines website as this is where we'll post information about any events. Signing up for the Royal Marines email newsletter is another way to make sure you don't miss out on news.

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How easy/possible is it to get kosher/halal/Hindi/vegetarian rations whilst on operations?

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We now supply rations to cater for a number of different dietary needs, including kosher, halal, Hindi and Vegetarian, and there are a number of serving personnel that only use these rations.

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How do you deal with the difficult situations that Royal Marines Commandos face?

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As a Royal Marines Commando, you are put in difficult situation on operations all the time. But the Commando Training you get at CTCRM is great, and helps you develop the right state of mind to deal with those situations.

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I'm worried about the physical demands of training in the Royal Marines. What if I can't cope?

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As long as you can pass the prerequisite tests, pull-ups and 3 mile run, then you are at the starting level we need. The training is designed to build you up to the required standard over 32 weeks - we don't expect you to be a Royal Marines Commando before you start!

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Is there a course with the Royal Marines Band Service to see if I like it before I apply?

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Yes. We run four-day ‘acquaint’ courses in the Portsmouth area, which will give you a taste of life in the Royal Marines Band Service, as well as a chance to ask questions and find out more about the different options available to you. It’s free and we’ll even pay for your travel costs.

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My mum's worried about me joining the Royal Marines. What can I tell her to reassure her?

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People who care about you will always worry - it's natural! The best way to reassure people is to keep them informed and get them involved in your application process.

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What is it like serving on the front line?

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It's very difficult to describe how it feels, and of course everybody has a slightly different experience. You can expect to have a whole range of emotions, from exhilaration to fear. One thing you can be sure of though, is that you will be trained to deal with the situation. You'll be confident in yourself and in the team you are working with, and that's what makes the difference.

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