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Potential Officers Course


In order to maintain their very high standards, the Royal Marines use a tough screening process to select Young Officers for training. However you have been selected to attend the POC because we think you have shown the qualities that suggest that you are capable of becoming a Royal Marines Officer.

There are 2 stages:

1. The Potential Officers Course
2. The Admiralty Interview Board

Candidates who pass the first stage are allowed to go forward to the second. Following successful completion of the Admiralty Interview Board, a Final Selection Board (which meets near the end of July) will decide who will be offered a RM Commission (this does not require candidates to be present).

Potential Officers Course (POC)

The POC is designed to see whether you are likely to meet the challenge. It is a gruelling test of your physical fitness, and we are assessing your determination and commitment. But we are looking for a little more than that: your leadership potential and intelligence, how you communicate and whether you can keep a sense of humour even when exhausted. Can you think on your feet when the going gets tough?

The POC also gives you the opportunity to find out more about us. By the end, you will have had a taste of life as a Young Officer in training. It is also a unique chance to learn a lot about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.

The POC takes place at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, Devon. The base is situated on the banks of the Exe estuary, 8 miles south-east of Exeter.

Courses run approximately twice a month throughout the year increasing in frequency between March and July. The POC lasts for 52 hours spread over 3 days from 0900 Monday to lunchtime Wednesday.

Before you arrive

You will receive comprehensive joining instructions 3 – 4 weeks prior to the course providing all administrative details and a rail warrant if you requested one. If you want to give your best on the POC, thorough preparation is vital. The POC DVD, available from your Careers Officer, will expand on all areas of the course outlined here.