How to become a Royal Marines commando
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could apply to join the marines through an HM Forces Serviceperson Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
You'll apply directly to the marines to find the best apprenticeship route for you. This will depend on your qualifications and which service role you're interested in.
- entry requirements vary
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:
- be aged between 16 and 32
- be at least 145cm tall
- pass fitness tests
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 will then do the Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA) followed by an interview.
If you have the right skills, you'll be asked to attend the 3-day Candidate Preparation Course. This includes further interviews, fitness, medical and aptitude tests. If successful, you'll be offered a place at the commando training centre at Lympstone in Devon.
You will need to pass physical fitness assessments, including swimming, to be accepted into the Royal Navy. Get fit to Join has information on how to check your current fitness and how to improve to the level required.
You'll find more details about how to become a commando from Royal Navy Careers.