The Core of the Corps

What makes a Royal Marines Commando? The bit sitting right under the green beret. That’s what gives us the ability to power on when others would quit, and the resilience to get the job done, even when the odds aren’t in our favour. You’re not born with it, but you can develop it. It’s a state of mind.

A different kind of soldier

There’s no other military unit like the Royal Marines. Our commandos are highly trained specialists who can adapt to any operation, challenge or environment. How? That’s where the state of mind comes in. We’ve got some of the most sophisticated kit on the planet, but it’s our mentality that takes us to the next level. From the expertise that’s engrained in us during training, to the attitude we share as a team.


Earning your green beret makes you elite. But you won’t stop there. You’ll get to specialise in specific roles for three years at a time, from information warfare to mountain leadership. That means you’re constantly improving your skillset.


Your capability is what makes you a Royal Marines Commando. That’s why basic training is just the beginning. You’ll leave Commando Training Centre at Lympstone with a strong core skillset that you’ll enhance throughout your career, from learning to use the latest tech to mastering hand-to-hand combat.


Nothing stops us. We operate just as effectively in the blistering heat as we do in the biting cold. In the densest jungles. And the inhospitable Arctic. Across the desert and over the water. What makes us special is going where others can’t – or won’t.


There’s no such thing as a typical operation. Royal Marines Commandos work in small, agile teams, reacting to anything. That could mean using your stealth to operate behind enemy lines or adapting your combat skills to defeat maritime threats at sea.

Our kit

State-of-the-art amphibious vehicles. The latest weaponry. Specialist kit for unique operations. The tools of our trade are anything but ordinary.


If you wear the green beret, you're one of us. A world-class member of a world-renowned team. Whether you're an Officer, Commando or a Reservist. Choose your Royal Marines role and start shaping the career you want.

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