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Officers & Other Ranks

  • Commando

    Commando Types

    Lance Corporal

    Lance Corporal

    This is the first ORs promotional rank within the Royal Marines Commandos. It is based on experience and merit. If promoted to this rank you could have a number of jobs and tasks depending upon your chosen branch. However first and foremost you may command a fire-team (4 men) within a Close Combat Rifle Section.

    Corporal

    Corporal

    After gaining the right promotional grades, combined with the right experience, you will be selected to attend a Junior Command Course (JCC). The JCC is 9 weeks in duration. You will be taught, practiced and assessed in command and leadership, instructional technique, military skills and personal qualities. On successful completion and promotion there are various jobs and tasks that you may do depending on your chosen branch. However, first and foremost you could be required to command a Close Combat Rifle Section (8 men).

    Sergeant

    Sergeant

    After gaining the right promotional grades, combined with the right experience, you will be selected to attend a Senior Command Course. The course is 7 weeks in duration. You will be taught, practiced and assessed in command and leadership, assessing instructional technique, military skills and personal qualities. On successful completion and promotion, as at all rank levels depending on your chosen Branch will determine the job you fill. However, first and foremost you could be required to be second in command of a Close Combat Rifle Troop.

    Colour Sergeant (for lovat dress)

    Colour Sergeant (for lovat dress)

    This is an appointed rank with no course to attend. This rank is awarded on merit and experience. There are various jobs and tasks allocated for this rank. Your chosen Branch may affect the position allocated.

    Colour Sergeant (for lovat dress)

    Colour Sergeant (for blue dress)

    This is an appointed rank with no course to attend. This rank is awarded on merit and experience. There are various jobs and tasks allocated for this rank. Your chosen Branch may affect the position allocated.

    Warrant Officer 2

    Warrant Officer 2

    After gaining the right promotional grades, combined with the right experience, you will be selected for the Advanced Command Course. The course is 6 weeks in duration. It covers military knowledge, management and administation, communication skills and personal qualities. Upon successful completion and promotion the job you will be appointed to can be quite diverse, however first and foremost you could be a Company Sergeant Major of a Close Combat Company.

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    Warrant Officer 1

    Warrant Officer 1

    After gaining the right promotional grades, combined with the right experience, you will be selected to attend a Promotional Board. Upon successful selection from the Board and completion of the course, which covers a range of management duties, the job you will be appointed to can be quite diverse, however first and foremost you could be a Regimental Sergeant Major of a Commando Unit or a Branch Manager responsible for managing the careers of the men within their chosen Branch.

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  • Commando Officer

    Commando Officer Types

    Second Lieutenant

    Second Lieutenant

    All Royal Marines (RM) Officers are commissioned from the first day of training at Commando Training Centre (CTCRM), Second Lieutenant (2Lt) is the lowest commissioned rank within the RM/ARMY. Young Officers hold the rank of 2Lt until they have completed training; this includes their first year as a Troop Commander, in an operational unit.

    Lieutenant

    Lieutenant

    Senior Corps Commissioned Officers hold the rank of Lieutenant (Lt) whilst undergoing training at CTCRM. In Commando units a Lt could still be a Troop Commander as the rank is also held by Direct Entry Officers who commence training before the age of 21.

    Captain

    Captain

    Captain (Capt) – The most senior Subaltern rank, all senior Troop Commanders and Adjutants in Commando Units hold this rank as do Grade 3 Staff Officers. At the rank of Captain it is possible to join one of the many specialisations within the RM, such as Mountain Leaders, Heavy Weapons or Signals.

    Major

    Major

    Major frequently denotes an officer of mid-level command status (usually immediately superior to the rank of Captain and immediately subordinate to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel).

    Lieutenant Colonel

    Lieutenant Colonel

    Lieutenant Colonel (Lieutenant-Colonel in English from the French grade's spelling) is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine corps and air forces of the world, typically ranking above a Major and below a Colonel.

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    Colonel

    Colonel

    A commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. The rank of Colonel is one of the oldest in existence, dating as far back as the time of the Roman Empire.

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    Brigadier

    Brigadier

    A Brigadier is either the highest field rank or most junior General appointment, nominally commanding a Brigade. It ranks above a full Colonel and below a Major General.

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    Major General

    Major General

    A Major General is a high-ranking officer normally subordinate to a Lieutenant General and senior to a Brigadier General. In countries that do not maintain the rank of Brigadier General, including much of Eastern Europe, Major General normally serves as the lowest General Officer rank.

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