Royal Marines officers lead teams of commandos in combat situations, at sea and on land.

What does a Royal marines officer do?

Royal Marines (RM) officers lead teams of commandos in combat situations, at sea or on shore. Increasingly, RM officers are involved in peace-keeping and humanitarian operations.

As an RM officer, you would be responsible for the day-to-day welfare and discipline of the marines under your command. Your duties would involve leading the troop and making decisions about its training and deployment.

You could also have a specialist role such as:

  • landing craft officer – planning and leading beach assaults
  • signals officer – overseeing all radio communications
  • heavy weapons officer – deciding on the tactics and deployment of weapons like anti-tank missiles
  • weapons training officer – advising on the use of small arms and training snipers
  • Special Boat Service (SBS) officer – carrying out special missions from ships and aircraft as part of the special forces unit
  • mountain leaders – leading and instructing commando troops in mountain exercises, with expertise in Arctic survival
  • intelligence officer – collecting, coordinating and interpreting intelligence reports
  • pilot officer – flying the full range of aircraft and helicopters used by the Navy and Marines
  • physical training and sports officer – developing and supervising training in commando units and training centres
  • staff duty officer – dealing with administration, training, planning and logistics.

What do I need to do to become a Royal marines officer?

To start Royal Marines officer training, you'll need:

  • to be between 17 and 25 years old
  • to be at least 151.5cm tall
  • to be a British or dual nationality British citizen
  • to be in good health and physically fit
  • a minimum of five GCSEs (A-C), including English and maths
  • a minimum of two A levels.

If you have a degree you can apply through the Direct Graduate Entry route.

Jobs in the Royal Marines are open to men and women.

When you apply, you will be put through a series of pre-selection tests, a medical examination and an interview. If selected, you'll be invited to join the three-day Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC), which includes further interviews and tests in areas like leadership, team working, and physical and mental fitness.

If you successfully complete the PRMC, you'll be offered a place on the Royal Marines officer training programme.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Physical fitness

Academic route

  • A minimum of five GCSEs (A-C), including English and maths.
  • A minimum of two A levels.

Desirable qualifications

  • If you have a degree you can apply through the Direct Graduate Entry route.

Where to find out more

Royal Navy Careers 

Where could I be working?

You must be prepared to go wherever you are needed around the world, and you may spend long periods of time away from home.

You would face a wide variety of conditions including extremes in weather and terrain, as well as mental, physical and emotional challenges, often in dangerous situations.

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