Royal Marines Reserve

Royal Marine Reserves

Volunteer as a Royal Marine Reservist

As a Royal Marines Reservist you will complete one of the world’s toughest military training courses, passing the same rigorous Commando Course as your Regular counterparts in a bid to become a part of an elite military group and earn the coveted green beret. Around 600 people serve as a Royal Marine Reservist, pursuing their civilian careers whilst undertaking the exciting training of Commandos. Once you have gained some experience in your role as a Royal Marine Reservist, specialist training such as assault engineering or anti-tank warfare will be available to you.

There is a detachment of Reserve Royal Marines based in Cambridge.

Who can join the Royal Marines Reserve?

Royal Marines Jungle Training in Ghana

To join the Royal Marines Reserve you must be a male, aged between 17 and 32, and be prepared to go the extra mile. You must be a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland for at least 5 years and have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

Age limits do not apply if you have previous military experience as a Regular or Reserve.

What is the commitment?

During Exercise Albanian Lion the Royal Marines joined up with Albanian forces to practise their core amphibious fighting skills.

The Royal Marines Reserve wants committed individuals who are prepared to go that extra mile. The Royal Marine Regiment usually train one night a week, one weekend a month and undertake an annual 2 week continuous training exercise.

What are the rewards for Reservists?

Commandos preparing to fire a L118 light gun during Exercise Heiktila.

The rewards for Royal Marines Reservists are the invaluable skills that you will develop through the unique Commando training. Leadership, self-discipline, self-motivation and teamwork are all attributes that will help you to go further in your civilian career as well as in your career as a Royal Marines Reservist.

In addition to this unique training, you will be paid for each quarter day that you train, on top of this you will be eligible for a tax-free bounty of £395 in your first year rising to £1556 a year after 5 years providing you meet the training requirement.

Find out more at the Royal Marine Reserve Website



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