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Royal Marines Selection - How To Join

The Royal Marines training regimen is one of, if not the, toughest military selection process in the world. Before the 32 week recruit training takes place, those hoping to join the Royal Marines must undergo a grueling initial selection process.


To attempt to become a Royal Marine, the following requirements apply :

  • male
  • ages 16-33
  • no formal academic qualifications required
  • British, Irish or Commonwealth citizenship

Initial Selection

  • Academic Tests
    • Reasoning
    • English Language
    • Numerical
    • Mechanical Comprehension
  • A personal interview
  • Pre-joining fitness test
  • Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC)
    A 3-day course held at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone, Devon, to assess the recruit's suitability for life in the Royal Marines
    • Gym Test 1
      • Bleep Test
      • Press Ups
      • Sit ups
      • Pull Ups
    • Swim Test
    • Tarzan Assault Course
    • Weapons Familiarization
    • Interview
    • 3 Mile Run
    • Gym Test 2
    • Realities Of Training Presentation
    • Debrief
Interested in becoming a Royal Marines Commando?
get an affordable CD-ROM packed with insider tips on passing the initial selection phases of Royal Marines training. Get advice on passing the :
  • Academic Tests
  • The Interview
  • Pre-joining Fitness Tests
  • The PRMC
click here for more info on passing selection for the Royal Marines
(as well as the SAS, SBS, Army, RAF and Navy)

Recruit Training

Those passing the PRMC move onto a punishing 32 week training schedule, also run at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM)

more details on Royal Marines recruit training coming soon!

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