How to Become aRoyal Marines Officer in 2021

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BECOME A ROYAL MARINES OFFICER

The Royal Marines are a formidable fighting unit who have a reputation for a fearless attitude and an unrivalled success in combat missions.

If you want to know how to become a Royal Marines Officer then this 150-page online workbook is packed full of insider tips and advice to help you pass both the Potential Officer’s Course and the Admiralty Interview Board. This truly is the ultimate resource for any person hoping to ace the selection process and achieve their dream career within the Armed Forces.

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The Royal Marines Officer Selection Process

The selection process to become a Royal Marines Officer 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 as an officer and if you wish to proceed you can then submit an online application.

Joining the 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 AFCO 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 Officer.

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 is extremely physically demanding it is vital that you are at the most 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. The role 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 myst sure you are extremely fit to have any chance of success.

Stage 6 – Suitability Interview

The next stage and one of the most challenging of the selection process is to attend the Royal Marines Officer suitability interview.

The purpose of this interview is to assess if you are suitable for a career in the Royal Marines and that you are ready to attend the potential officer course.

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Stage 7 – THE Potential Officer course

Stage 7 is another challenging part of the selection process is to attend the gruelling and rigorous Potential Officer 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 exercises 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. 

If you are able to adapt to the situations and remain calm and composed under pressure, you will have a chance of success. However, this penultimate stage is extremely tough and you will have to be at your very best to succeed.

Stage 8 – ADMIRALTY INTERVIEW BOARD

The Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) is the eighth and final stage of the Royal Marine Officer selection process. This lasts for one and a half days and you will be assessed on a number of different exercises and tests to assess your suitability to become an officer with the Royal Marines.

Before you arrive at the AIB you will be sent a questionnaire to complete. This helps the Royal Navy to make an initial assessment about you. It is important that you complete the form as fully and as accurately as possible. It is your chance to blow your own trumpet. We recommend you complete the form in a manner which is positive and also in a way that demonstrates you have the relevant qualities required to be a leader and a manager within the Royal Marines.

Other tasks you will undertake during the AIB are as follows:

  • A fitness assessment;
  • A number of psychometric tests;
  • Practical leadership tasks;
  • Undertake a planning exercise test;
  • Sit the AIB interview.

As you can see there is a lot crammed in to the 1.5 days, so it is vital that you prepare comprehensively for every element of the AIB to be successful and realise your dream to becoming an officer.

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You will eventually be invited to attend what is called a ‘filter’ interview. This interview is designed to assess whether or not you have the right qualities to become a Royal Marines Officer. If you successfully pass the filter interview, which is usually held at the Armed Forces Careers Office, you will be recommended to attend the Potential Officers Course (POC). If you pass the POC then you will go to the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB). The filter interview is, in our opinion, relatively easy to pass. However, you will still need to put in plenty of preparation if you are to succeed.

The POC is designed to see whether you are likely to meet the challenge of being a Royal Marines Officer. As the title suggests, it is a test of your potential so you must prepare fully and give it your all if you are to have any chance of succeeding.

It is an immensely grueling test of your physical fitness, and above all the Royal Marines are looking at your determination and commitment. In addition to the above you must also demonstrate leadership potential, intelligence, how you communicate and whether you can keep a sense of humor even when you are absolutely exhausted.

The POC also gives you the opportunity to find out more about the Royal Marines. Many candidates find out during the POC that it simply isn’t for them and decide not to carry on with selection. It is also a unique chance to learn a lot about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. The POC takes place at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, Devon. The base is situated on the banks of the Exe estuary, 8 miles south-east of Exeter. Courses run approximately twice a month throughout the year increasing in frequency between March and July. The POC lasts for 52 hours spread over 3 days from 0900 Monday to lunchtime Wednesday.

The Commando Officer 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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  • The psychometric tests
  • Essay writing skills.
  • Leadership tasks and how to pass.
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Simply put, this training works and is proven to help people like you to successfully join the Royal Marines. As a lifetime access member, you will not only benefit from our flagship ‘How to Become a Royal Marine Officer’ guide (which has sold 1,000s of copies) but you’ll also get access to a dynamic portal of content that we update frequently with all the very latest information, practice material, and strategies that are helping people across UK to join the Royal Marines. With 1,000s of customers frequently thanking us for the career success we have helped them gain, and 16 years’ experience in providing recruitment and assessment centre training, you can rest assured knowing you are getting the best training material on the market.

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This resource is our flagship career guide, designed to help anyone looking to join the marines and overcome the gruelling selection process.

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If you have already begun the selection process, then you’ll be able to pick up this guide from the exact stage you are at and follow the step-by-step guidance to passing the recruit tests, interviews, POC, fitness tests and more with confidence.

Whatever stage of the process you are at, you can be confident you’ll have all the strategies and tools you need to succeed.

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Yes! With the ‘How to Become a Royal Marines Officer’ guide you will be able to access training that has been helping applicants successfully become marines with  for over a decade.

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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