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Joining the Royal Marines Reserve

I am keen on joining the Royal Marines Reserve and would like to know a bit about the course. I have had a look at the website which is obvioulsy very good, but would like to hear from current recruits or any serving Bootnecks, what the recruit course is like and what training and courses you do once you have passed the Commando tests.

Also in comparison to TA units lke 4 Para, how likely would compulsory mobilisation be. Ive know that 4Para recruits are compulsory mobilised almost as soon as they pass P Company, but is it different in the RMR?

Perhaps just a rumour but I had heard that the RMR guys have all volunteered for service in Iraq and Afghanistan and not been compulsory mobilised.

Cheers for any info


You dont wanna do that mate, get yourself into the RNR. Doesn't matter if you dont like ships...neither do half of us thats already joined up!
Don't listen to MM bud, I will email a booty or two and see if I can get you a sensible reply (if I can find any that can read) ;)

Cheers for that.

Im mad keen to get in and get started, but just want to make sure im doing it with both eyes wide open. I think speaking to a bootneck directly (who isnt involved in recruiting), is the best way to get honest answers and a feel for life in the Corps.

Great site BTW.




Where are you living? There are RMR centres all over the country. Of the top of my head I couldnt name them all but here are a few:

RMR London
RMR Liverpool
RMR Manchester
RMR Bristol
RMR London
RMR Birmingham
RMR Scotland
RMR Newcastle

Plus there are also detachments in places like Plymouth. Portsmouth and a few other places. Most RMR bods are attached to CDO units when they are deployed. At one time a fully Trained RMR bod could opt to spend one year with a Unit. Don't know if this is still done so please don't quote me on it.

I think the RMR lads do phases of training. Your RMR centre will get you up to the required standard then you will go to CTCRM and do the First Phase. Then the second one etc, etc, until finally you go to CTCRM and hack the Commando tests. As to the timings of this procedure I am afraid I can't help you. Also there are only certain times in the year when you can join. This is done so when all the RMR centres have enough blokes to fill the quota you and your fellow Nods (recruits) will start your training at the same time as all the other RMR Nods all over the Country so when you go to CTCRM you all will be at the same level of training.

Please take into account that I left the Corp nearly sixteen years ago so I may be wrong on a couple of points. Anyway hope this helps.

Cheers for the info Artist.

I live in Edinburgh, so would be attending RMR Scotland (HMS Caledonia). I have made some enquiries and have found out loads more info on Recruit training, the Phase 1 & 2 courses and continuation training once I have passed (hopefully) the commando tests.

The things that seems to be a sticky point is mobilisation. Perhaps because of recruiting reasons, but getting a straight answer is proving rather difficult.

I am keen to volunteer for Operations with a Regular Commando Unit, however due to a young family and a career that I am trying to build on, this would perhaps be in 3-4 years from now.
I understand it will take around 18 months to become a fully trained Commando anyway, but how likely am I to be immediately compulsory mobilised after training? I only want to make sure that I am going into this with both eyes wide open!!


Spenny - I don't think anyone is going to be able to answer your question without being able to see into the future.

Given the scale, diversity and frequency of current operations you should really assume that from the moment you complete training you may be required to go.

I would suggest that you don't join up until you are ready to accept the possible consequences. Having said that, if you speak to your local RMR they may well be able to agree something with you.

Hope this helps
Cheers Jocky. I did think about that, but as Im pushing 30 I think this is something I should be doing sooner rather than later.

My career is obviusly very important to me and whilst I will be able to take a year out in a few years, its just not sensible at the moment.
I think I will mention this to the Unit when I join and just hope it works out - I suppose I should be worrying about one war at a time eh, first one being the Commando course!


War Hero
Spenny, the best thing to do is to just get in there. Until you start going along to the holding troop physical training sessions, and thence through selection and induction weekends, you won't really get a feel for it.

Obviously the ideal attitude is not to view it as a taster, but in the 18 months it takes to do the two phases, you can jack it in at any time, which effectively means you have 18 months to really think about whether or not you want to do this.

Time is hurrying by in your case; if you're not sure, start going along and you'll get sure within a few months, I guarantee it.


been out of RMR a while now (london) im sure rmr used to be combat casualty replacements but im sure now the lads are used to bolster troop strengths in reg units for training just so lots of hill work and build up stamina ..also we did a lot of circuit training ..practice rope climbing if you can too


War Hero
Biffa is spot on there; the role of the reserves has changed significantly in recent times and they're not so much seen as ready trained casualty-replacements as simply more troops to deploy. Lots of reservists are not so happy with this, since if they wanted to be simply more troops for deployment they'd have just gone full-time.
Thanks lads, your feedback is very much appreciated.

I agree - just getting in there and going for it is probably the best idea. I will start builiding on my fitness now and will incorporate more circuits and hillsprints into my regime too.

I think the next recruit troop begins in June so will contact the RMR Scotland today about joining the holding troop.

If anyone else has any further info, or if indeed a potential victim (,......I mean potential marine) is thinking of joining RMR Scotland - PM me.




I have an Oppo who is a PTI in the RMR. Moved up to Scotland recently and joined the Det at Glasgow. PM me and I will give you his E Mail Address. Am sure he will help if you ask him.

He is one of the blokes who assesses potential recruits so he will be a mind of info so as I said PM me and I will give you his E Mail.

Following on from my original post on this thread, I have obtained a vast amount of information from a Bootneck that Artist put me in touch with from RMR Scotland. (Cheers Artist!!)

Anyways, I have posted this email below as it contains invaluable information for any potential Marine Reservists. The next course begins around August this year. If anyone around the Edinburgh area is interested PM me and I will get back to you about training.

Email reads:
For recruit training you would be expected to do every second weekend as a field training weekend for 8 weeks followed by the two week phase 1 course run at Commando Training Centre Lympstone. The course is just to introduce you to some of the commando tests, check you are learning the required skills and to test those skills on exercise. This then leads into phase 2 training where you again do 8 weekends followed by the phase 2 course. This is again two weeks training at CTC were you undertake the Commando tests themselves to earn the Green Beret.

Following on from that you can then in your own time complete continuation training (live firing exercise and other skills) to become a fully trained Marine.

On your uncertainties of deployment, so far no RMR personel have been compulsory called up for duties (unlike the TA) and even then only fully trained marines can be deployed (after continuation training). The TA units tend to be part of an individual army regiment (e.g Devon and Dorset Rgt) and they themselves can only really draw on their reserve TA unit for extra personel. This means if the reqular unit goes some TA units have been mobilised as well.

With the Marines, they have an ability to draw from three commando units for extra men along with a logistics unit and two army commando units. So extra men can always be found. On top of ths some regular recruit troops have gone straight to a unit deploying to help bolster numbers if needed. This tends to mean RMR units are always asked for volunteers for deployment to bolster numbers as opposed to the TA "we're taking you".
For Iraq over 130 RMR personel choose to deploy of their own choice for which the required arrangements were made to protect their jobs.

The question of "if i sign will i be deployed?" is now a common one among people considering reservist duties but with the RMR you can't be deployed until you are a fully trained marine and so far there has been no need to deploy the RMR as Commando unit numbers are so high. Because of this the RMR has re-roled itself slightly to ensure the RMR is an asset to Commando units.
The re-roling means all RMR personel are expected to undertake some form of specialisation training to support the units (Engineering, Recce skills and many others). This means the RMR is better placed to fill skilled roles that are short and this has been done by many volunteers from the RMR
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