Requirements for the royal marines commandos

Updated February 21, 2017

The British Royal Marines Commandos are part of the Royal Navy and stationed either on ships or shore establishments. An Order-in-Council was issued on October 28, 1664, calling for 1,200 soldiers to be recruited for service to the British Fleet, heralding the birth of the Royal Marines. The Royal Marine Commandos were formed during World War II, when Prime Minister Winston Churchill called for "specially trained troops of the hunter class who can develop a reign of terror down these coasts." Today, the Royal Marines recruit individuals with a good level of fitness and the commando state of mind.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be male and a member of the Commonwealth or Irish Republic to apply for a role in the Royal Marines commandos. Recruits do not need any formal qualifications, but they must pass the Royal Navy selection process. Minimum entry requirements to join as an officer are at least 180 UCAS points from two non-overlapping subjects and five GCSEs, with grades between A-star to C. GCSE qualifications must include passes in English and maths subjects. Alternative qualifications are considered on individual merits. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 33 years old.


The Royal Marine commando candidate must pass the Royal Navy selection process, which includes aptitude tests for reasoning, an English language test and a numeracy and mechanical comprehension exam. The tests are to be completed in a limited time, in exam conditions at one of the careers centres throughout the U.K. An interview and medical check follows the tests. Candidates will undertake the rejoining fitness test which consists of two 1 1/2 mile runs. The first run must be completed within 12 minutes and 30 seconds. The second run must be completed within 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Both runs will be conducted on a running machine with a 2 degree inclination. A 1 minute rest is permitted between the two runs.

Potential Royal Marine Course

The candidate will participate in the Potential Royal Marine Course (PRMC) once he has successfully completed the initial recruitment process. The PRMC lasts for three days, which includes two and a half days of physical exercises followed by classroom studies and a personal interview. Physical activities are carried out in the gym, on the assault course and include a 3-mile run. The candidate will be told if he is successful on the PRMC on completion of the course. He can expect to be enrolled in the Royal Marines basic training program in four to eight weeks, if successfully passing the recruitment process.

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