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Care & Support

Care & Support


Our welfare exists to support Royal Marines and their families in peacetime and in war. Helping to prevent or reduce the effects of personal difficulties - especially those that arise as a result of service life - will optimise the military capability of the Marine. The welfare service includes information and assistance on a broad range of welfare related subjects which may include the following:

  • Relationship problems
  • Debt advice
  • Service issues
  • Next of kin support
  • Childcare issues
  • Physical illness
  • Compassionate leave
  • Environmental factors

Here at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) we have a unique welfare team comprising of a welfare officer - Warrant Officer 2nd Class Pete Hawley - and a civilian social worker - Sue Ashby. Between us we can cover the full range of welfare problems which any serving member and their families may encounter. Furthermore we are able to refer onto civilian or statutory agencies if requested to do so.

This service is confidential and adheres to best social work practices. You may contact the welfare officer or social worker direct on extension 4040/4065. However, you may find it more useful to talk things over with your commanding officer first.

There is a welfare officer on call twenty-four hours a day. In real emergencies during the working day the welfare worker can be contacted by pager via the guardroom at CTCRM.

Spiritual Support

Our Chaplain at CTCRM provides various forms of support, including spiritual care and confidential counselling.

The Church and Chaplaincy Centre (C3 Centre) support all ranks that are either in training, or delivering training at CTCRM. The centre is open seven days a week 08:00-22:00, and the Church is open twenty-four hours a day for quiet reflection and prayer.

During the evenings films are shown in the Chaplaincy lecture theatre or live sport is available on satellite television. In addition, a Cyber-Café is available for free access to the internet with a self-service café area with tea and coffee.

The Chaplaincy delivers formal training to recruits and young officers in a number of subject areas; and offers informal counselling and a fully confidential listening ear to all. It employs three full time Chaplains, several Chaplaincy Support Workers (care of Royal Sailors Rest), a chaplaincy manager and a lay Chaplain/Verger. A duty Chaplin is available for emergencies at any time - please contact them via the guardroom.

Church is held on Sundays at 10:00 and all are welcome. There is a weekly service of Holy Communion on a Thursday at 18:30 and a Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated on Sunday evenings at 18:30. Baptisms, confirmations and weddings can be carried out by arrangement. Please contact the chaplaincy on extension 4178 with any enquiries.

Equal Opportunities

The Royal Navy is an equal opportunities employer. We seek to provide workplace conditions that are comfortable and non-threatening for all our people whatever their gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation may be.

Our aim is the total elimination of sexual and racial harassment and all forms of bullying. These issues need close attention and proactive management. Victims of any form of abuse are encouraged to report their difficulties and can be confident of sensitive treatment by those responsible for their care.


Training Support Department

The Training Support Department (TSD) is responsible for ensuring that all training at CTCRM effectively prepares personnel for a life in the Corps. Additionally, TSD continually monitors, evaluates and influences the extent to which training objectives are reached in relation to the expenditure of resources.

TSD is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel and is organised into three departments - Training Management; Education and Staff Training; and Training Resources. The primary responsibility of the TSD is to oversee the management of training, ensuring a standardisation of policy throughout the centre.

The Training Management Department coordinates the training schedules for all wings. It also evaluates and maintains the quality of training and designs the training for new courses or alterations to existing courses.

The Education Department runs education and current affairs training for recruits and Young Officers. It also runs a range of personal development courses for trained ranks such as GCSEs, administering NVQs resettlement courses, and computer based Interactive Learning.

The Training Resources Department provides graphics support to all wings for the benefit of staff and trainees. The department has a training aids library, photographic section, reprographics section and illustrators. It is also responsible for managing and allocating to other units such as the Woodbury Common Training Area (WCTA) and Straight Point Ranges.


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Within every unit there is an education officer to help with GCSEs, A-levels and general qualifications for career progression.

Ground Floor: Corps Library
The library contains over 14,000 books, journals, magazines, languages, tapes/CDs, DVDs, four internet computers and four intranet computers.

Top Floor: Education and Resettlement Department
Information on:
Standard Learning Credits
Resettlement Briefs
Enhanced Learning Credits
Training Providers

Top Floor: Computer Facility
This provides twenty-six computers connected to the internet and six connected to the intranet. They are available for over three hundred Learn Direct courses, command coursework, research, printing/scanning or personal use.

Contact Details
Learning Centre Manager: Extension 4176
Education Review Office: Extension 4346
Resettlement Assistant: Extension 4066
Education Assistant: Extension 4323
Corps Librarian: Extension 4513
Assistant Librarian: Extension 4247
Computer Administration: Extension 4320