Full-time Royal Navy
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  • Post Date : November 11, 2021
  • Salary: £15,600.00 - £51,000.00 / Per Annum
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Royal Marines Commando in water pointing a gun


The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Could you become part of the world’s most elite amphibious force and wear the coveted green beret? It’s not for everybody, that’s for sure. Digging deep to aim high, you’ll stop for nothing. In the most hostile environments, and on the most treacherous terrain. There’s no such thing as an average day in the Royal Marines, and there’s no such thing as an average Commando. You’ll need to be exceptional just like the rest of your team, with the same ethos – and the same state of mind.

Royal Marines Commando

My green beret is very special. It shows that I’m part of a team that always gets the job done, whatever the situation, and whatever obstacles are in our way.


Your role

  • Play a key role in dealing with manmade, humanitarian and naturally occurring crises. Your missions will be varied, ranging from amphibious assaults and humanitarian aid, to large scale combat operations.
  • Deploy to where you’re needed most, from the coldest climes and the hottest deserts, to the most hostile jungles and the highest mountains. Whatever challenges you face, you’ll need to adapt to get the job done.
  • Develop your military skills, before selecting a specialisation to become anything from an Armourer to a Mountain Leader.
  • Travel the world, protecting your nation’s interests as part of a team renowned for its unity and brotherhood. You’ll form ties – special bonds with your comrades – that will never be broken.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you’ll gain

  • HM Forces Level 2 Apprenticeship including functional skills Maths and English level 1 gained during recruit training
  • There are various civilian qualifications available dependent upon which specialist qualification a Marine goes on to pursue

Skills you’ll develop

  • First-class leadership, and world-class teamwork
  • Essential military skills, as well as a specialisation such as abseiling, assault engineering or combat intelligence

Pay and benefits

  • Salary of more than £15,600 as soon as you start training
  • Earn over £20,000 after receiving your green beret, potentially rising to over £51,000 as your career progresses
  • Earn additional pay if you specialise in certain disciplines
  • Seven weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Adventurous training


Career progression

What you’ll need


  • Aged 16 to 32 when you start Basic Training
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • A maximum BMI of 28 (there may be some exceptions to this maximum if your waist measures less than 94cm)
  • A minimum weight of 65kg or a minimum BMI of 23

Skills and interests

  • A true team player, self-discipline
  • Physical fitness and mental robustness
  • Positivity in the face of adversity
  • The ability to cope well under pressure


Officer during snow training 

Starting your career

  1. Joining process
  2. Initial training
  3. Professional training

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

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form.

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test

    The Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT) is for all new recruits to the service. You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension.

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role.

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors.

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test – Plus

    A step up from the regular fitness test for Royal Navy recruits, the Pre-Joining Fitness Test – Plus (PJFT+) is a circuit assessment which you only have three chances to pass. It demands completion of: 20 burpees, 30 sit ups, 20 press ups and a one minute plank. Each circuit needs to be completed three times and, after a two minute recovery period, you are required to perform one set of five pull ups.

  • Royal Marine Candidate Preparation Course

    The Royal Marine Candidate Preparation Course (CPC) is a three-day course which gives you an introduction to life in the Royal Marines. It is your opportunity to show you have what it takes to cope with the rigours of Initial Training. You’ll need to complete a number of physical and mental tests to progress, including: sit ups, press up, pull ups, swimming and endurance and obstacle courses. Every stage will be thoroughly assessed to determine your candidacy.

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