Royal Marine Commandos: The joining process

As a Royal Marines Commando you’re part of the Naval Service's elite amphibious fighting force. You’ll encounter some of the most diverse and challenging environments on the planet. It’s not for everyone, which is why the joining process is rigorous, and can seem lengthy. It involves a series of interviews, plus mental and physical tests, to ensure the Royal Marines is right for you – and that you’re right for the Royal Marines.

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows

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REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Once you’ve reviewed the Royal Marines Commando role information, you need to fill out a simple form to register your interest. If you are ready to apply please indicate this and we will send you an online application form. Alternatively, if you need more information, we'll be in touch to discuss your options. 

Remember, filling out this form doesn't commit you to joining the Royal Marines.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST OR APPLY
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NAVAL SERVICE RECRUITING TEST

We'll then arrange for you to take the Naval Service Recruit Test (NSRT), which all potential recruits have to sit. It tests your general intellectual ability, and how well you do shows your capacity to cope with the technical and academic aspects of Royal Marines training. To help you get ready for this multiple-choice psychometric test, we have included some example questions here.

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INTERVIEW

We’ll invite you to a formal interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Marines. This is much like any other job interview, so you should prepare accordingly, including asking your careers adviser for help if you need it. See how you can prepare here.

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MEDICAL AND EYE TESTS

The medical and eye exam are quite comprehensive, because life in the Royal Marines is very physically demanding.

Your tests must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors, who are based all around the country. Your local AFCO will arrange an appointment for you at a convenient time and location.

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TAKE THE FITNESS TEST

Before you can join you'll have to pass the Royal Marines’ Pre-Joining Fitness Test, which involves completing two 2.4km runs on a treadmill that is set to a 2% incline. The first run must be completed in less than 12 minutes 30 seconds. You will then have a one-minute break before completing the second run in under 10 minutes. This time is the absolute minimum requirement, and the expectation is that you will record the best time possible.

You’ll find more details about fitness in our ‘joining’ section.

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THE POTENTIAL ROYAL MARINES COURSE (PRMC)

This is your introduction to life in the Royal Marines and indicates your potential to begin Royal Marines Basic Training. Over the course of four days you'll complete a number of physical tests in a range of challenging environments, and learn all about our ethos. Train efficiently and keep a positive state of mind, and you’ll stand a good chance of passing. 

Once you’ve completed the PRMC successfully you must stay in peak physical condition, as Basic Training is also extremely demanding. To do so, you can follow the Royal Marines Fitness programme.

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START TRAINING

Once you’ve passed all aspects of the recruiting process, including a security check, you’ll then be given a date to commence Basic Training at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone. Your AFCO will buy your train ticket to help you get there, provide some joining instructions and tell you what kit you need. You’ll spend 32 weeks here and learn the skills you need to become an elite amphibious soldier.

Training is covered in more detail in the ‘What's the Training Like’ section.