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Royal Marines Officer

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1670 days ago

The role at a glance

Potential salary after 26 months


weeks' paid leave every year


Medical and dental care


Earn more than this amount from day one


Around the world


The minimum number of A levels you need

What you’ll do

Can you lead the leaders? The Royal Marines are the world’s most elite amphibious force. And if you’re a Royal Marines Commando Officer you’ll be in charge of the best. Your determination will know no bounds, just like your ability to get the most out of your team. As you tackle some of our most challenging operations, you’ll encounter everything from the hottest deserts, to the freezing Arctic. And to get the job done, you’ll need that something special that sets you apart: your state of mind.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role
Lead deployments to wherever your team is needed, from humanitarian aid and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, to responding to global conflicts in some of the most hostile environments imaginable.
Operate from Royal Navy ships and aircraft, using state of the art weapons as you deploy to conflict zones all over the world. You might be neutralising a terrorist threat in North Africa one day, and supporting domestic forces in the Middle East the next.
Embody the Royal Marines ethos. That means combining the Commando values (excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility), the Commando qualities (courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness), with the Commando mindset: “Be the first to understand; the first to adapt and respond; and the first to overcome.”
The people you lead will be exceptional soldiers, who are prepared to go wherever you ask them. To command their respect, you’ll need to show that you can do whatever you ask of them. That’s why you’ll complete the same Commando course, and play a hands-on role in every operation.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
A Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute
Vocational qualification based on your chosen specialisation

Skills you'll develop
How to lead the world’s most elite amphibious troops and protect our nation’s interests
Essential military, strategic, decision-making, management and leadership skills

Pay and benefits
A starting salary of more than £25,700, increasing to almost £31,000 on completion of training
After 26 months you’ll be promoted to Captain with a salary of over £39,600
Gain specialist, internationally recognised qualifications as your career progresses
Six weeks of paid holiday every year, plus extra leave for overseas deployment
Free medical and dental care
Excellent pension scheme
Worldwide travel and engaging cultural experiences

Career progression

Arrive at CTCRM Lympstone for 15 months of basic training


Join a Commando Unit as Troop Commander, lead 30 Commandos


Do various Young Officer jobs, become Captain after 26 months


Broaden your command experience, promotion on merit to Major

What you'll need
Aged 18 to 25 when you start Basic Training
You’ll need a minimum of 72 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g., BTEC)
You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics
A National of the United Kingdom or Ireland, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
Minimum height of 145cm
A maximum BMI of 28 (there may be some exceptions to this maximum if your waist measures less than 94cm)
A minimum weight of 65kg or a minimum BMI of 23
The ability to pass the swimming assessment during the Royal Marine Officer Selection Course
Women interested in a career in Ground Close Combat roles in the Royal Marines may be at greater risk than men from Musculoskeletal injury, reproductive health and mental ill-health – click here for more information

Skills and interests
A natural leader, self-discipline
Physical fitness and mental robustness
Positivity in the face of adversity
The ability to make decisions under pressure

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial Training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility and registered your interest, the joining process is as follows:

Submit your application

Pass the Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA) which is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

Take the medical and eye tests

Pass the Pre-Joining Fitness Test Plus (PJFT+)

Attend the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

Complete the Royal Marines Officer Selection Course (OSC)




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