How to Become a Royal Marines Commando in 2021

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BECOME A ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO

The Royal Marines are a fearsome and highly respected unit who abide strictly to the commando values. If you want to join this elite Fight Force then our How To Become A Royal Marines Commando online resource is all that you need! Contained in this resource, you’ll find:

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The Royal Marines Commando Selection Process

The selection process to become a Royal Marines Commando will normally consist of the following elements:

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Stage 1 – ONLINE REGISTRATION & APPLICATION

The first step on your route to join the Royal Marines is to register your interest online, or by contacting your local Armed Forces Careers Office. There you will be required to fill out some basic information, learn about life in the marines and if you wish to proceed you can then submit an online application.

Joining the Royal Marines is a very big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You will need to consider your choice of career carefully and will be required to complete a short questionnaire that will determine your suitability for joining.

Stage 2 – The Naval service recruiting test

The Naval Recruiting Test is a series of psychometric tests that are designed to assess your ability to perform to the demands of the Royal Navy and your chosen career. The tests are a tried and tested method of selection and are extremely accurate in assessing a candidate’s suitability.

The pass mark required for each role will vary depending on the requirements for each job. The test itself will normally be carried out at your local Armed Forces Careers Office and will be under strict timed conditions.

The four different testing areas are as follows:

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Stage 3 – THE Royal Marines commando interview

The next stage in the process to join is to attend an online interview. These commonly used to be held at your local Armed Forces Careers Office, but the COVID-19 restrictions have seen this replaced by a virtual interview.

During the interview the careers advisor will assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy and more specifically the potential to become a Royal Marines Commando.

Stage 4 – Medical and eye test

The next stage of the selection process is to undergo a comprehensive medical and eye examination.

As the role of a Royal Marines Commando is extremely physically demanding it is vital that your are at the optimum health and fitness possible. The medical examination will be undertaken by an MOD approved doctor. You will be contacted and asked to attend one near to your home location.

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Stage 5 – THE Royal Marines Fitness Test

One of the toughest elements of the selection process is the fitness test. Being a Royal Marine requires that you are in excellent physical shape and are self-motivated to maintain excellent levels of fitness at all times.

The fitness test will comprise of two 2.4km treadmill runs set at an incline of 2 percent. You must complete the first run under 12 minutes and 30 seconds and the second run under under 10 minutes and 30 seconds. With only a minutes rest between runs, you must ensure you are extremely fit to have any chance of success.

Stage 6 – The potential Royal Marines course (prmc)

The final stage and the most challenging of the selection process is to attend the gruelling and rigorous Potential Royal Marines course.

Held over 4 days, you will be assessed against numerous challenging exercises. You will be pushed to your limits physically and mentally. You will undergo a number of  execises which will assess your strength and endurance. These will involve gym based strength exercises and outdoor endurance runs and marches. You will also undergo a number of team exercises.

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How to Join the Royal Marines: Commonly Asked Questions

Is it difficult to join the Royal Marines?

Joining the Royal Marines is extremely difficult, both mentally and physically. The recruitment team are looking for certain individuals for this elite force, so to be successful you will need to determined and be able to maintain exceptionally high levels of fitness. You will also need to be able to display the ‘Commando State of Mind’ and be able to pass a number of mental challenges. Only the best very best and committed candidates will pass the selection process and become Royal Marine Commando’s.

Can anyone join the Royal Marines?

To be eligible to join the Royal Marines you will need to be between the ages of 16 and 32 and be a UK, commonwealth or dual nationality citizen. This is open to both men and women. To be successful in joining the marines you will need to pass a challenging selection process which will test you to the limits both mentally and physically. Your height must be no less than 151.5cm and a minimum weight of 65kg or a BMI of 23. On the plus size your BMI cannot exceed 28 unless your waist is less than 94cm.

How much do Royal Marines get paid?

When someone applies to join the Royal Marines, it is generally not because of the salary, but more about the lifestyle and opportunities the role presents. Once your initial training is complete you can expect a salary in excess of £20,000, and with promotion through your career you can earn up to £51,000. Other benefits include an excellent pension, free medical and dental care, six weeks paid annual leave, subsidised accommodation and food and much more.

How long is basic training in the Royal Marines?

The training lasts for 32 weeks and will begin at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone, Devon. To have any chance of completing the elite training programme you will need to be in the best physical condition of your life, so be prepared!

How do you join the Royal Marines?

join the Royal Marines you will have to undertake a lengthy and difficult selection process. This will see you undertake a number of different assessments to see if you are worthy of wearing the famed green beret of the Royal Marines. The steps to join are outlined below:

  • Submit an online application
  • Undertake the Naval Service Recruiting Test
  • Interview
  • Medical and Eye Tests
  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test
  • The Potential Royal Marines Course
  • Formal Offer to join the Royal Marines

A Career in The Royal Marines – Further Information

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The Royal Marines are a maritime-focused, amphibious, highly specialised light infantry force who are capable of deploying at short notice anywhere in the world. As the United Kingdom Armed Forces’ specialists in cold weather warfare,the Royal Marines provide lead element expertise in the NATO Northern Flank and are optimised for high altitude operations, with jungle training still carried out when deployments allows.

The selection process for becoming a Royal Marines Commando is extremely tough. There is a very good reason why the Corp has used the strap line “99.9% need not apply” in a recruitment campaign. It is aimed at attracting the right type of person who has the potential to join this elite unit. Being a Royal Marines Commando is about having the right attitude, the right level of professionalism and also the right level of physical and mental fitness.

In order to become a Royal Marine and earn the right to wear the much-coveted Green Beret, you will need to pass a rigorous selection process.

INSIDER TIP 1 – Adopt the correct mental attitude during selection (the Commando State of Mind)

Without the correct state of mind you are not going to pass the PRMC. It is important that you have a ‘can-do’ attitude both in the build-up to the PRMC and also during it. There will be times during the selection process when you want to give up. You will see a number of the other candidates around you dropping out through sheer exhaustion, but you are going to be different. Never give up during selection, even if your body can take no longer.

It is also important that you follow an action plan in the build up to Royal Marines selection, especially when it comes to your fitness preparation. Use an action plan and you will be able to monitor your progress.

If somebody finds a test or assessment easy, it generally means that they have prepared hard for it. If you work hard in the weeks leading up to the PRMC, then you should find that you pass it with very few problems. Yes you will find it tough, but if you’ve trained above the minimum standards that are required, then you will pass with flying colours.

Train hard in the build up to selection, and you will certainly race easy!

The Commando State of Mind

The Commando state of mind is the first thing you will need to develop when preparing for selection. Before you start preparing for the selection process, the interview or even the PRMC, you must learn how important it is to adopt the correct state of mind. If you have it, then you are far more likely to succeed and pass the selection process.

Picture the scene, you are at the PRMC and you are taking part in the assault course. You are totally shattered and your body wants to stop. You’ve simply had enough and you’re not sure that your body can take any more. The majority of other candidates have already stopped and you are desperate to not give in. What do you do?

The problem with this kind of scenario is that it is new to you. Not many of us find ourselves in these kinds of situations ever in our lifetime. Therefore our minds are not tuned to cope with it, and the natural reaction is to quit. Your muscles are telling your mind that they can’t take any more and they send a signal to your brain basically saying enough’s enough!

It’s at this point that you’re going to be different. This is the difference between your average person and a Commando. Regardless of how much you ache, or regardless of how much your body is telling you to quit, your mind will be telling you something completely different. To put it simply, you never give in, even if your body can’t move any further along that assault!

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  • We will teach you how to prepare effectively for the Royal Marines selection process.
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At How2Become.com we like to do things a little differently. Instead of just giving you access to guides which explain how the selection process works, and what you need to do to pass, we teach you HOW to do it also. For example, we don’t just provide you with sample interview questions, we provide winning sample responses and step-by-step guidance on how to create your own successful answers. Whether you are thinking about applying, or you are half way through the selection process, this guide will ‘hold your hand’ step-by-step. Here is a full list of everything you will get within this resource.

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