UPDATED 09 September 2013 A Message from the PRMC Team The PRMC is a tough assessment. Royal Marines Recruit training is probably the hardest of its type in the world and our selection process needs to be hard so we don’t waste people’s time. Thorough physical and mental preparation will give you the best chance of success and, be in no doubt, your ability to pass lies with you. You'll maximise this chance if you prepare seriously and follow your Careers Advisor's advice. We'll encourage and coach you through every stage of the course, but you've got to do the work and give 100%. We'll be actively looking for evidence of your potential and we want you to pass. We'll encourage you to perform to your maximum. Above all, we want you to enjoy your PRMC experience. Good luck with your preparation! The next step on your journey to become a Royal Marines Commando is the Potential Royal Marines Course (PRMC), held at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone, in Devon. The course lasts 3 days and it may be the most intense and demanding thing you have ever undertaken. It's an opportunity for the Royal Marines to look at you, for you to look at the Royal Marines and also for you to look at yourself. Through a range of demanding physical assessments and mental challenges, we’ll discover whether you have the physical potential and necessary 'State Of Mind' to be successful in Commando training. In addition, you'll find out more about the Royal Marines, including the career opportunities that will be available to you and you'll get a good insight into what life at Lympstone during the 32 weeks Recruit Training Course might be like for you. Competition is stiff and to maximise your chances of PRMC success you must prepare yourself thoroughly, both physically and mentally. The course instructors are not looking for supermen' at PRMC, but they will make a comprehensive assessment of your performance across a range of attributes that are necessary to be successful in Commando training. Here's what we're looking for: PHYSICAL FITNESS DETERMINATION UNSELFISHNESS MENTAL ALERTNESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS SENSE OF HUMOUR INTEGRITY GETTING TO & FROM LYMPSTONE You'll receive a letter confirming your dates and introducing the course. This will include a kit list, travel instructions and a rail ticket for your travel if required. You are expected to arrive in smart civilian clothing e.g. trousers, shirt and tie (a jacket is not required) and you should check your travel arrangements to ensure that you arrive on time. You will be released from the course on the Friday, early enough to ensure that you can get home that day. PHYSICAL PREPARATION The PRMC might be the toughest physical challenge of your life so far and you must not underestimate the physical requirements of the course; if you haven't prepared sufficiently you'll find the going extremely tough. Most young men don't fail the PRMC, but many admit to arriving physically unprepared. You should bear in mind the following as you to train to pass PRMC: The Royal Marines warm-up is rigorous don't kid yourself, you will not start any physical test completely fresh from a standing start. You may be able to complete the various physical elements individually e.g. pull-ups, but can you do them back-to-back, with minimum rest’ Don't forget that your performance may be affected by nerves, lack of sleep, a long journey, the weather, or a range of other factors beyond your control. Guidance on physical preparation is provided online and by your Careers Advisor, based around the PRMC Fitness Schedule, which also gives some examples of suggested training regimes. It's imperative that your training routine is spread over each week with consecutive training days that will help to build your strength and endurance. Your training sessions should be hard and you should push yourself to your limits in an effort to replicate the intensity of the PRMC conditions. After particularly hard sessions re-fuel properly and give yourself some rest time for your body to recover. Do your training in all weather conditions so you build up your physical robustness and mental stamina. Where possible, mix your training up e.g. with swimming, circuit training and cycling, in order to give some variety. Whatever training regime you decide to use, look at what's required on PRMC and adapt your training accordingly. Above all, when it's raining and cold and you just don't feel like getting out the door for today's training session, remember that theres another young man in your position who's already out there putting in the miles, head up and focussed on his green beret ‘ are you going out now’ If you have an injury talk to your Careers Advisor immediately and discuss rescheduling your PRMC. You are unlikely to pass PRMC if you are carrying an injury and it may make it worse. We won't penalise you for being sensible about managing an injury and delaying your attendance. MENTAL PREPARATION It's important that you arrive at Lympstone in the right frame of mind and psyched up. You must prepare yourself mentally for the challenge ahead. You'll be away from home for 3 nights living with up to 50 other young men in an unfamiliar environment that may feel a bit daunting. Don't worry, others will be feeling the same way. The instructors will make a positive effort to soften the culture shock of being in the military environment, but you should make a positive effort to get to know your fellow candidates before the start of the assessments. You must get into a positive 'State Of Mind' and overcome your nerves. Be confident with your preparation and the fact that you have got this far. Talk to other candidates and see how they're coping; start to generate a bit of team spirit. To be successful you will need to push yourself to your limits and beyond. Be absolutely clear in your mind that every activity will end eventually and most are actually pretty short. Think about how you'll feel if you push through the pain and complete the task, compared to how you'll feel walking away defeated. Maintain your motivation throughout the course and don't judge yourself ‘ that's the instructors job. If something doesn't go too well, immediately pick yourself up and focus on making up lost ground. Remember, we are looking for potential, not the finished product. All we expect is that you give 100% at all times and you’ll get credit for digging deep to achieve your maximum performance, regardless of your level of fitness. SETTLING IN AT PRMC On arrival at Lympstone Commando station you’ll be met and taken to the PRMC accommodation. You’ll have some time to settle in and meet the other candidates; you may end up in training with some of these men so it'll pay to get to know them even at this early stage. You'll receive course briefings and be issued clothing, 'field kit' and boots during the afternoon and evening. You'll also be fed; you need to fuel up, eat sensibly and drink plenty of water. Depending on your educational qualifications, you may be required to sit a computer-based Basic Skills test to assess your Maths and English ability. This requires no preparation and is actually a great opportunity to see the superb Learning Centre facilities that would be available to you at Lympstone during Recruit Training. You'll appreciate an early night and a good sleep before an early start on Day1. In the morning you'll be expected to wash and shave and square-away your accommodation, before having breakfast.