The Royal Marines Reserve is a subsection of the British Royal Navy
. It consists of volunteer individuals who have undergone the same commando
training as regular marines
, and who serve alongside the Regular Corps members in times of war
. 10% of the Reservists are currently serving on long-term tours
You need to be between 17 and 30 to join the RMR, and could come from a variety of backgrounds: some are former Territorial Army members, some are civilians with no previous experience in the armed forces, and some are ex-Royal Marines.
Training is rigorous - to pass the initial selection weekend it is suggested that you arrive at it able to run three miles comfortably and lift your own upper body weight. It gets a lot tougher than this, and the year you spend in training involves activities such as speed marching nine miles in ninety minutes and thirty-mile marches. You will also receieve weapon training, map-reading training, survival skills and first-aid skills.
After you've completed your one year training course, which culminates in the commando course and a live fire exercise, you receieve your green beret and are eligible for continued arctic warfare training and perhaps even an Officer's commision.