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Follow 946 Troop as they go through the thirty-two weeks of intensive training to become a Royal Marines Commando. Videos of the troop will be uploaded every week, so you can follow their journey closely. The timeline also has photographs and descriptions of what each week of the course entails and the challenges faced by the recruits.

The thirty-two week training course in divided into six modules, beginning with the Foundation Module and ending with the King’s Squad Pass Out Week. Throughout the course Marine recruits will be gradually trained and tested until they become an operationally ready Royal Marine Commando.

  • Foundation

    This module facilitates the transition from civilian to military student as smoothly as possible for each new recruit.

  • Week 1

    Week 1

    It all starts here with a busy week of introductions:

    • Joining Routine
    • Gym and Swimming Assessment
    • Kit Issue
    • Mathematics and English Tests
    • Admin
    • Drill and Physical Training
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  • Week 2

    Week 2

    The recruits get active and have their first introduction to field conditions:

    • Exercise First Step
    • Drill Physical Training
    • Personal Admin
    • Close Quarter Combat.
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  • Week 3

    Week 3

    It's time to talk tactics this week as weapons training begins:

    • Weapon Training
    • Drill
    • Physical Training
    • Family Day
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  • Individual Skills

    "To impart to the recruit the elementary military skills in a progressive manner."

  • Week 4

    Week 4

    More firsts this week as the recruits continue to test themselves:

    • Weapon Training
    • Physical Training & Swim
    • Drill & Corps History
    • Exercise Early Knight
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  • Week 5

    Week 5

    A camp and field week for the recruits:

    • Weapon Training (including Weapon Handling Tests)
    • Physical Training & Runs
    • Map Reading
    • Exercise Quick Cover (3 day exercise including Basic Fieldcraft and Close Quarter Battle)
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  • Week 6

    Week 6

    The recruits' basic shooting skills are perfected:

    • First Aid
    • Rifle Shoot
    • Physical Training
    • Map Reading
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  • Week 7

    Week 7

    A week in the field introducing more basic infantry skills:

    • Exercise Marshall Star (3 1/2 Day Exercise) covers Basic Fieldcraft & Soldiering Skills (including Obstacle Crossing)
    • Close Quarter Combat.
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  • Week 8

    Week 8

    This week includes an introduction to Survival Training:

    • Drill
    • Physical Training
    • Map Reading
    • First Aid and Survival Training
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  • Week 9

    Week 9

    More weapons training, and an introduction to education qualifications:

    • Drill
    • Physical Training
    • Map reading
    • First Aid Exam Light Support Weapon (LSW) Training and Shoot.
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  • Week 10

    Week 10

    The recruits find their bearings this week with navigation and survival training:

    • Exercise Hunter's Moon (4 day exercise) Fieldcraft
    • Navigation Training,
    • Map Reading
    • Survival Exercise (Long Weekend)
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  • Advanced Skills

    "To consolidate the skills learned and progress onto more advanced aspects of individual soldiering."

  • Week 11

    Week 11

    The pressure's on as recruits must pass the next two weeks to continue their training:

    • Live Firing: Rifle elementary application to Annual Personal Weapons Test (Combat Infantryman) (also Computer Simulations Shoots)
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  • Week 12

    Week 12

    This second week of the shooting training is crucial if recruits are to pass on to continue their training:

    • Light Support Weapon Auto Shoot: LSW Annual Personal Weapons Assessment (Moving Targets/Night Sights)
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  • Week 13

    Week 13

    Communication and CBRN training start this week:

    • Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Training
    • Comms Training Starts
    • Grenade throwing
    • Helicopter & Underwater Escape Drills
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  • Week 14

    Week 14

    Time to perfect navigation and field skills ready for Exercise Baptist Run next week:

    • CBRN
    • Radios
    • Exercise Running Man (3 day exercise) mainly Navigation Training (Yomping)
    • Fit Lovats & Blues Uniforms
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  • Week 15

    Week 15

    A major exercise this week tests all the core military skills required of a Royal Marine. All recruits must successfully complete this exercise to continue training:

    • Individual Skills Revision
    • Exercise Baptist Run (2 day field test exercise)-to test all skills taught in phase 1- includes stalking, kit inspections, map reading, CBRN and signal tests. 
    • First drill inspection, arms drill pass out and phase 1 pass out parade (Long Weekend)
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  • Operations of War

    "To equip the recruit with the skills and knowledge required of him to act as a rifleman in all operations and all transitional phases of war."

  • Week 16

    Week 16

    Training picks up intensity, with an emphasis on perfecting Infantry skills:

    • VHF radio procedure training
    • Battle physical training
    • 51mm mortar training
    • Tactics package starts
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  • Week 17

    Week 17

    Soldiering skills and tactical training are honed and perfected:

    • Exercise First Base Tactical field patrols race
    • Observation posts and harbour drills
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  • Week 18

    Week 18

    Patrol and tactical understanding is perfected to a high standard:

    • Exercise Second Empire section and troop level attacks
    • Troop fighting patrols and ambushes
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  • Week 19

    Week 19

    A combination of weapon and adventure training:

    • General purpose machine gun (GPMG) training
    • R & I/ Adventure training
    • Battle physical training
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  • Week 20

    Week 20

    The multi-terrain vehicle (the Viking) is introduced to recruits, and tactical training is completed:

    • Exercise Viking Warrior (Troop level patrolling exercise)
    • Including Viking training package
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  • Week 21

    Week 21

    This week includes weapons training and battlefield tactics lectures:

    • Battle physical training
    • General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) training
    • Defence lectures and CBRN
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  • Week 22

    Week 22

    More patrolling skills are taught, as well as fighting in woods and forests (FIWAF):

    • Battle Physical training pass out
    • Fighting in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills Including patrolling
    • FIWAF
    • Dig & defence
    • CBRN
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  • Week 23

    Week 23

    Fighting in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills (FIBUA AND CQB) is taught and practiced:

    • Fighting in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills (FIBUA AND CQB) exercise
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  • Week 24

    Week 24

    More weaponry training, and an introduction to the Endurance Course:

    • Minimi light machine gun (LGM) training,
    • Endurance course acquaint,
    • Key skills period ends
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  • Week 25

    Week 25

    This week has an emphasis on amphibious training:

    • 12 mile load carry
    • Amphibious training
    • Minimi LMG firing (AWA)
    • Sea safety training
    • Visit RM museum
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  • Commando Course

    "To confirm the recruit is professionally prepared for life in an operational RM unit and is at a Commando level of fitness and has the requisite qualities of determination, courage, unselfishness, professional skill and cheerfulness under adversity."

  • Week 26

    Week 26

    Climbing and mountain skills are introduced and practiced and the Final exercise begins:

    • 6 Mile speed march,
    • Cliff assault & rope techniques,
    • Water obstacle crossing,
    • Tarzan assault course acquaint
    • Final Exercise starts
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  • Week 27

    Week 27

    Final Exercise is designed to prove a high standard of professional skills and tactical understanding and recruits must successfully complete this in order to continue training:

    • Final Exercise ends
    • Specializations brief (Long Weekend)
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  • Week 28

    Week 28

    This week includes classroom training and an intensive physical workout on the Tarzan Assault Course

    • European computer driving licence (ECDL) computing
    • Tarzan assault and endurance course run troughs
    • Drill
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  • Week 29

    Week 29

    Live fire tactical training:

    • Field Firing Exercise 1 (Individual and Fire team level Live Firing)
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  • Week 30

    Week 30

    • Live Firing Tactical Training Phase 2
    • Endurance course pass out
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  • Week 31

    Week 31

    This is the Commando test week where all the core criteria to becoming a Royal Marines Commando are tested:

    • Commando Tests (9 mile speed march, Tarzan & assault course, 30 miler, Endurance course)
    • ECDL Computing
    • Drill
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  • King's Squad Pass Out Week

    "To pass out a recruit for duty in a fitting manner."

  • Week 32

    Week 32

    In this final week of training, recruits celebrate their transition to Royal Marine Commandos:

    • King's Squad Pass Out Parade
    • Leaving admin
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