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Royal Marines Commando Training

The Royal Marines training at Lympstone, Devon is one of the toughest and longest basic training programmes in the world.

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Commando tests

The four commando tests, which come towards the end of your training, are the final proof that you’re ready for your green beret — and to start your career as a Royal Marines Commando, or continue your Young Officer training.

The commando tests are as follows.

The endurance course – You will work your way through two miles of tunnels, pools, streams, bogs and woods, then run four miles back to camp, all while you’re in combat equipment and carrying a weapon, and all in less than 72 minutes. When you get back, you’ll have to get six out of 10 shots on target in a shooting test.

The nine-mile speed march – You need to complete this in 90 minutes, while carrying your equipment and a rifle.

The Tarzan assault course – An aerial slide, ropes course, assault course and 30-foot wall, which you will need to complete in 13 minutes, while carrying your equipment and a rifle.

The 30-mile march – A 30-mile march across Dartmoor, which you will need to complete in under eight hours with your equipment and a rifle. Officers must cover the same route in seven hours.