NCO or and Officer?


Hi, this is my first post here so be kind (or not.)

Im 17 and Im very interested in the Royal Marines.

I have just done AS A - levels.

Its not looking likely that I will continue into A2 at present.

If I wanted to become and Officer, would I need them at A2? Are there any alternatives to becoming an Officer without the A2s?

I have 3 Ds at A2 and 8 GCSEs A-C if that helps.

Much obliged.


War Hero
As you're already calling yourself Lt why bother, promote yourself to Commandant General Royal Marines at once.
The alternatives to being an Officer are;
a)Joining as a Marine (Recruit) and working for a living.
b)Being a civvy.
NZB is a very harsh man, I apologies, you should join as a Field Marshal.

I'm an ex- marine and I'm very interested in 17 year olds.

ASA levels sound fun.........


Well Lt Mason its sounds like you have made the choice already. :yawn:

Oh and by the way I have a Granny who is a RSM in the The Brigade of Gurkhas.


War Hero
Hello mate,

140 points from 'A2 Levels' required. 'AS Levels' may be added if your grades are poor at A2, but AS UCAS points on their own are insufficient I'm afraid.

If you're capable of passing A2's you'd be advised to do them as you will otherwise find that if you join the Corps as an Other Rank & then apply for a Corps Commission, despite having completed 32 weeks Commando training, you have to do it all over again.

Good luck to you

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