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Entry Requirements

Life in the Royal Marines offers challenges and opportunities you will not find anywhere else, but it is not for everyone. That is why we have a thorough selection process that lets us get to know you better, and lets you see more of what your life will be like.

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  • Entry requirements

    To become a Royal Marines commando you must be male and a member of the Commonwealth or Irish Republic. You do not need any formal qualifications. Instead you must pass the Royal Navy selection process.

    To become an Officer, the minimum entry requirements are At least 180 UCAS points from 2 non-overlapping subjects and 5 GCSEs (A* - C), which must include English and Maths. Applicants with alternative qualifications are considered on their individual merits.

    What's the difference between a Royal Marines Commando and an Officer?

  • Commando

    As a first step to joining the Royal Marines you should visit your local armed forces careers office (AFCOs), where you will be able to pick up free leaflets and have an informal chat about your career options. You can find the address in telephone directories listed under Naval Establishment.

    To become a Royal Marines commando you must be male and a member of the Commonwealth or Irish Republic. You do not need any formal qualifications. Instead you must pass the Royal Navy selection process. This involves:

    • aptitude tests for reasoning, English language, numeracy and mechanical comprehension
    • commandos sit an IA for literacy and numeracy if below in level 1 in Maths and English
    • an interview and medical check
    • In order to ensure that RM candidates are able to complete the three mile run they will undertake the PJFT.This will consist of  2 x 2.4km runs;the first run to be completed within 12m 30s, the second run, to be best effort, but within 10m 30s, with a minute rest in between the two runs. The runs are to be conducted on a 2 degree inclination on the running
    • the Potential Royal Marine Course (PRMC), which includes two and a half days of physical exercises and a personal interview

    How long will I serve for?

    As a Royal Marines commando you will serve an open engagement which last for 18 years or to the age of 40, whichever is longer. This can be extended up to the age of 55. You will usually be able to hand in 12 months' notice if you wish to leave after serving at least three years.

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    Education

    The minimum entry requirements are five GCSEs (A-C)/five S grades (1-3) including English language and mathematics and two A levels/ three H grades. Applicants with alternative qualifications are considered on their individual merits.

    Height/Weight

    The minimum height requirement is 1.51 metres. Weight must be in proportion to height.

    Nationality

    You must be of British or dual British nationality, and have lived in the UK for five years.

    Age

    Direct entrants should be between 17 and 26 on the first day of the month of entry. Maximum age limits vary depending on the specialism but late entry is rare.

    Graduates

    Direct graduate entrants must have a UK degree and English and maths at GCSE (A-C)/S grades (1-3), or equivalent qualifications. They should be under 26 on 1st September of the year of entry (refers to all officer entrants not just graduates).

    You will be required to pass a three-day Potential Officers Course, which tests your physical ability and endurance, mental aptitude and leadership skills. The course is followed by an interview. You will also have to pass a medical assessment.

    A-level/H grade scholarships or reserved places and university cadetships or bursaries are available to some students. Exact details are available from armed forces careers officers, as are full nationality and residency requirements.

    How long will I serve for?

    You would join the Service as an officer on a 12-year Initial Commission. You would be required to serve at least three to five years.

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