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Royal Marines: career area

Royal Marines: career area

In a career as a Royal Marine officer or commando you'll be part of one of the UK's most elite fighting forces.

The Royal Marines is a small but powerful part of the Navy. It is its amphibious infantry – operating in the air, on land and at sea. The Royal Marines is only open to male applicants and obtaining a commission is not easy. However, once you have obtained your green beret you will be working for one of the UK's elite fighting forces and there are many areas of specialisation to progress onto.

Specialist career routes in the Royal Marines

Officers can specialise in:

  • heavy weapons 
  • intelligence 
  • landing craft 
  • mountain leadership 
  • physical training and sports 
  • piloting 
  • signals 
  • staff duties 
  • the Special Boat Service 
  • weapons training. 

Commandos can specialise in a range of areas, from armoured support to combat intelligence.

Royal Marines recruitment

To become an officer in the Royal Marines:

  1. Identify the role you are interested in and fill in a short online application form.
  2. Take the recruit test (RT), which covers basic English and maths, problem solving and understanding of mechanics.
  3. You'll then be invited to a short interview. Once you've passed this you'll need to have a medical and an eye test.
  4. Attend the three-day potential Royal Marines course (PRMC) at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone. This includes physical tests, aptitude tests, leadership and teamwork exercises and interviews. 
  5. If you want to join the Royal Marines as an officer, you'll have to pass the Royal Marines pre-joining fitness test and then get through the potential officers course (POC), a two-day training course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone. You'll then also be invited to take part in the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) assessment process used for Royal Navy officers. 
  6. Successful applicants for Royal Marine Commando training spend 32 weeks at the Commando Training Centre, learning combat skills such as patrolling and setting ambushes. Officer applicants train for 15 months before moving on to a second phase of training in which they put their command skills into practice.