Royal Marines commando apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
applying directly to the Royal Navyvolunteering
You can join the Royal Marines Reserve to get some experience of what life is like in the service and to learn new skills at the same time. You'll do the same commando training as the regulars, but over a longer period.
If you're between 13 and 18 years old, you can join the Royal Marines Cadets.
You can apply directly to join the Royal Navy as a commando. You don't need any specific qualifications, but you will need to meet the Navy's eligibility requirements. For example, you must:
If your application is accepted, you'll be invited to talk to someone at your local armed forces careers office about what you want to do. You'll then attend an interview and assessment.
You will complete an HM Forces
- be aged between 16 and 32
- be at least 151.5cm tall (no limit for women)
- pass fitness tests
Apprenticeship during recruit training.
You may take other qualifications depending on which specialism you choose to follow. You will need to pass physical fitness assessment, including swimming, to be accepted into the Royal Navy.
Royal Marines commando apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- physical fitness and endurance
- persistence and determination
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- concentration skills and quick reactions
- active listening skills and the ability to work in a team
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- thinking and reasoning skills for making quick decisions
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
- have a good level of fitness
- pass a medical check
- pass security checks
- pass enhanced background checks
Royal Marines commando apprenticeships - what you'll do
Depending on your specialism, you could:
- plan and lead beach assaults
- oversee radio communications
- be in charge of weapons deployment and tactics
- advise on the use of small arms and train snipers
- carry out special missions
- lead and instruct commando troops in mountain exercises
- collect, co-ordinate and interpret intelligence reports
- fly aircraft and helicopters
- develop and supervise training
- deal with administration, planning and logistics
You could work in a warzone, at a military base or on a ship.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.
Career path and progression - Royal Marines commando apprenticeships
With training and experience you could move up through the ranks and get a commission to become an officer.
You could go into a wide range of careers after leaving the marines.