Royal Marine Commando Training

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Royal Marine Commando Training
Gathering of Royal Marines. (commando tribute image by Louise McGilviray from

The Commando Training Center, Royal Marines (CTCRM) is located in the United Kingdom. It trains enlisted and officers to be Royal Marines and includes commando training for both. Commando training is exclusively male as of April 2010. The training program lasts 32 weeks for enlisted men. Officers have a separate course structure that takes 15 months and two weeks to complete. The path for an enlisted man to become a Royal Marine Commando consists of six training modules.


The foundation module combines instruction in basic physical and weapons training, swimming, drilling, classroom courses and administrative matters. It takes place during the first three weeks. This module also includes a family day where family members are invited to view the progress of their loved ones in training.

Individual Skills

With individual Skills, recruits practice and improve the same skills introduced in the first few weeks. This module takes place during weeks 4 through 10. The men are introduced to new subject matter, including map reading, history of the Corps, navigation, survival skills and first aid.

Advanced Skills

Advanced Skills occurs from weeks 11 through 15. Commando recruits are introduced to the subjects of communications, radio and grenade throwing. The recruits also begin Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Training, which requires donning special gear. This phase also includes special exercises where the men can apply their acquired skills in the field and at night.

Operations of War

Operations of War takes place during weeks 16 through 25. Its purpose is "to equip the recruit with the skills and knowledge required of him to act as a rifleman in all operations and all transitional phases of war." There is continued training in all previous skills, which are put to the test in realistic battle scenarios.

Commando Course

The Commando Course module goes all the way through until the 31st week, and culminates in the Commando Tests. The weeks leading up to this module's last week prepare the men for the final tests. These tests take place on consecutive days. They include a 9-mile speed march, a 6-mile endurance course, the Tarzan assault Course and a 30-mile march complete with battle gear. Completion of this module entitles the men to wear the signature green beret of the Royal Marines.

King's Squad Pass Out Week

The last module is during the 32nd or last week of enlisted Commando training. It is basically a preparation for the final ceremony of graduating and a parade for family members. During this module, all administrative matters are concluded and the graduates will report for duty to their assigned units, or go on to specialist training or additional training for officers.

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