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Commando Tests

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Stroll147, May 21, 2020.

  1. Stroll147

    Stroll147 Active Member

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    Hello,

    Does anyone who has passed know which are considered the harder (I'm aware they're all hard) commando tests and if many tend to fail (OR and YO), or anything else you have to say on them?

    Any info greatly appreciated, Thanks!
     
  2. sharpe

    sharpe Veteran Contributor

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    With all due respect that’s like asking if I stepped in the ring with Anthony Joshua which punch would hurt most:) they’re all going to be bloody hard, that’s why you spend 32 weeks preparing for them;)
     
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  3. Stroll147

    Stroll147 Active Member

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    Very valid example:D Do recruits have a general consensus to one? (Although they're obviously all very very hard)
     
  4. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    It differs for everbody ,9 miler some guys just dont like speed marching..but generally this might be considered the least disliked one.

    Tarzan Assult was hard for me because it,s flat out lung buster and I am short, and that slows you down on this event.

    Endurance - for the exact reason of it,s name it an endurance event, and this one is a mind game as you have to push yourself along on the way back.

    30 miler , I actually found the easiest but still hard (but that was to do with my background...lots of hill walking..and i mean lots) but for many, this is maybe the hardest as it,s pure slog in the latter stages...you feet and shoulder will be killing, your hands could well be the size of balloons and you have trouble holding a pasty at the break stop let alone eating it & weather can play it,s part in this event more than any other.!!

    But to be honest it depends on your own physical attributes and mindset on which one you will leat or most like there is no definitive answer to your question.
     
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  5. Stroll147

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    Thanks alot!!
     
  6. SCOTTY6

    SCOTTY6 Royal Marines Commando

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    They all suck. I found endurance the best and Tarzan the worst.
     
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  7. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    9 miler, or any speed march for that matter due to me having short legs and struggling to keep the pace! The rest were hard, but achievable.

    Alan
     
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  8. Former AE

    Former AE Royal Marines Commando

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    30 miler due to weather conditions, fog and snow were not good for my syndicate all those years ago.
     
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  9. Corvo50

    Corvo50 Royal Marines Commando

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    I found endurance course the hardest and 9 mile speed march easiest
     
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  10. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    I enjoyed endurance course. Once your on the lanes its quite easy. People only really fail the shoot.

    9 milers just a griz but not particularly hard.

    Tarzan should be illegal! Its disgusting. The only one I was really nervous for. One mistake and you'll probably fail. But I think most get PBs on test day due to adrenaline. I went from 12:40 to 11:11. But hated every second of it! By far the worse.

    30 miler. Apart from swolen hands. Loved it. Ran marathons before so preferred longer events. Every checkpoint you're one step closer. Being with the lads at the end was amazing too. Better than kings squad for me
     
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  11. Rover

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    I think I must have been a masochist!! o_O:(:)
     
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  12. Advocado

    Advocado Royal Marines Commando

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    As you can see it's all down to personal preference!

    I found the endurance course hard. I got a fairly decent time around 62 minutes so I could have easily stepped off the gas a bit but thats not really an option as a recruit. As soon as a PTI shouts 'GO!' something primative clicks in your mind and you go balls to the wall to the finish line, I remember being a dribbling, chundering mess.

    9 miler and tarzan I found easy.

    30 miler was a bit of a hangout but absolutely nothing will stop you at that stage, lads gen do it with broken or fractured legs/feet sometimes.

    Lads gen shouldn't worry about the Commando tests, they're duty attend at that point of training!

    The thing which makes training so hard is the field exercises. You can love the outdoors, love soldiering and love the field as much as you want, I guarantee you'll still have some dark times on sennybridge and dartmoor.
     
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  13. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    Completely agree with @Advocado. Tests are nowhere near the hardest part of training
     
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  14. Harry McRunFast

    Harry McRunFast Valuable Contributor

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    What causes this?:eek:
     
  15. Ninja_Stoker

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    My perception is the Commando Tests must be put into context.

    In isolation they may well be achievable, before or at the start of Recruit Training but the 34+ weeks hammering leading-up to them not only prepares the individual mentally but it's also worth bearing in mind the body is 'running on empty' at the point they are taken and Recruits usually start losing weight at the Commando Phase of training as they start burning muscle mass as fat reserves are pretty limited on our lean, mean young thrusters. The "difficulty" is further compounded due to the limited recovery periods between elements and the inevitable bumps, scrapes & strains that are picked-up on the preceding test and further stressed on the next.
     
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  16. Royal2010

    Royal2010 Commando Training Wing Instructor

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    They are all different tests and all hurt in different ways. The 30 miler is long, the Tarzan is short but technically a 12-minute sprint. Most of my nods in the last troop said it was the Endurance they disliked the most.
     
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  17. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    @Harry McRunFast ..:D..Just system drainage Harry, because of your kit and Rifle you arms remain "fairly" static during the yomp , while cardiovascular wise you are going ten to then dozen, so swelling can occur for some guys, normally in your extremities - hands and feet - not a real issue and it reduce quickly, but some guys look like they have Homer Simpson hands and one of the checkpoints where you get a pastie..and it can be quite amusing to watch and some of the guys are dribbling snot monsters at this stage as well.!! so teamwork comes in , you might be hanging out but the other guys may need help with kit clothing & eating but the staff will help at this point as well as you may only have 1-2 mins before you set off again,but they just shrug it off.!
     
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  18. Stroll147

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    It appears they all suck for a manner of different reasons, Thanks everyone for the replies!
     
  19. Wings

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    Whats the route like for speed march flat or hilled?
     
  20. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    I don't want to ruin it for perspective recruits but the 6 mile speed march is harder than the 9 miler....I'll leave it there ;)
     
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