Fitness Tests of the Royal Marine Commandos

The Royal Marines, an integral part of Her Majesty's Naval Service, stand as a beacon of elite strength within the British Military. Globally deployed and trained for rapid response, their motto "Per Mare, Per Terram" signifies a commitment to excellence on both sea and land.

Motto: "Per Mare, Per Terram"
Established in: 1964

Entry Requirements:

Prospective Royal Marines must be aged between 16 and 33, stand at least 151.5 cm tall, and weigh no less than 65kg. Citizenship is restricted to the UK, Ireland, or Commonwealth Citizens.

Fitness Test Standards:

The Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) serves as the first hurdle, ensuring candidates are in good physical shape. Further assessments include the Naval Service Recruitment Test, medical checks, and interviews for suitability.

  1. 2400 Meter Run

    • Pass: - 11:15 min
    • Good: - 10:00 min
    • Great: - 9:30 min
    • Elite: - 9:00 min

  2. Shuttle Run VO2

    • Pass: 10.5
    • Good: 12
    • Great: 13
    • Elite: 13.5

  3. Press-ups

    • Pass: + 30 reps
    • Good: + 40 reps
    • Great: + 60 reps
    • Elite: + 65 reps

  4. Sit-Ups

    • Pass: + 60 reps
    • Good: + 70 reps
    • Great: + 85 reps
    • Elite: + 90 reps

  5. Pullups

    • Pass: + 3 reps
    • Good: + 12 reps
    • Great: + 16 reps
    • Elite: + 20 reps

  6. Pool Test

    • Jump from a tower and 4x25 meter breaststroke. Water object retrieval

Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC):

A 4-day Selection-Phase involving group runs, challenging treadmill sessions, bleep tests, swimming pool evaluations, and fear-of-heights assessments.

Basic Training:

An arduous 8-month training phase encompassing physical conditioning, rifle range proficiency, and fieldcraft skills testing. Candidates endure sleep deprivation, hunger, and mental challenges, culminating in the Commando Test.

Royal Marines Commando Course:

Candidates face a series of demanding tests, including a 9-mile speed march, a 13-minute Assault Course, a 6-mile endurance run followed by marksmanship, and a 30-mile march with a 32 lbs ruck in 8 hours.

Attributes of a Royal Marine:

  1. Self-discipline
  2. Team player
  3. Physical strength
  4. Mental toughness
  5. Ability to cope under pressure
  6. Integrity
  7. Pursuit of excellence
  8. Humility
  9. Determination
  10. Courage
  11. Unselfishness
  12. Cheerfulness in adversity

Facts about Royal Marines:

  • The Marines have close ties with the U.S. Marines; occasional joint training.
  • The Commando mindset: "Be the first to understand; the first to adapt and respond, and the first to overcome."

In embodying these attributes and facing formidable challenges, the Royal Marines exemplify elite warriors forged to conquer both sea and land.

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