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Royal Marines Reserves (RMR)

The Royal Marines Reserves (RMR) is made up of civilian volunteers. The role of the Reserves is to augment the regular Commandos with additional manpower as needed. Whilst usually deploying in individual or small groups alongside regular forces, in recent times the RMR has also deployed as an independent unit with its own command structure. In recent times Royal Marine Reservists have served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

There are 5 RMR units:

  • RMR London
  • RMR Merseyside
  • RMR Scotland
  • RMR Tyne
  • RMR Bristol

Each RMR unit is divided into local detachments.

Royal Marines Reservists
Royal Marine Reservists conduct phase 2 of their Cold Weather Warfare Course (CWWC) on Exercise Hairspring, in Norway.
image by PO(Phot) Si Ethell  | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2013
Used under Open Government Licence

Royal Marines Reserves Selection &Training

To apply for the RMR, recruits must be:

  • male
  • between 16-32 years old
    (no age restrictions for ex regular or reserve Commandos)
  • physically fit

Royal Marines Reservists train in their spare time, usually weeknights and some weekends. Regular training exercises around the world teach the RMR to operate in jungle, desert and snow environments.

RMR recruits must undergo the same rigorous basic training, commando tests and continuation training as regular Commandos. Following successful training the Reservist is considered fully commando trained, able to wear the coveted Green Beret, and capable of serving alongside his regular counterparts on operational deployment. Training takes place over an 8-10 month period.

For more information on the Royal Marines Reserves see the official MOD site

want to pass selection for the Royal Marines? Click here to find out how »

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