For the families of those about to enter into recruit training and those already in recruit training there's an excellent week-by-week series of video clips on the RN website which gives an insight of the each of the full 32 weeks training at the Commando Training Centre. Bear in mind, certain elements of training maybe adjusted from time to time, but coupled with the programme below, it gives a good insight: http://webarchive.nationalarchives....M-Commando-Training-Phase-1-CTCRM?week=week-1 Weekends off highlighted in blue. Annual Leave is usually 2 weeks in December, 2 in March & 3 in August. Recruit Training is paused during these periods. Latest predicted leave dates here; http://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/forecast-leave-dates.43737/ Week 1 Foundation The Start, The realisation that there are two five o'clocks per day. o Joining Routine o Gym and Swimming Assessment o Kit Issue o Mathematics and English Tests o Admin o Drill and Physical Training Location: Lympstone Commando Training Centre Week 2 Foundation First introduction to field conditions: o Exercise First Step (Overnight in the field) o Drill Physical Training o Personal Admin o Close Quarter Combat. For many the realisation that the life of a Marine is predominently spent outdoors, begins to strike home. If it's wet or snowing, this is where people may start having second thoughts - push through it. Location: Lympstone Commando Training Centre & Woodbury Common. Week 3 Foundation Tactics and weapons training: o Weapon Training o Drill o Physical Training You've now morphed into a half-man, half ironing board mutant - but a smart one at that. Location: Lympstone Commando Training Centre Week 4 Individual Skills More tests: o Weapon Training o Physical Training & Swim o Drill & Corps History o Exercise Early Knight (First armed field exercise at night) Location: Lympstone Commando Training Centre Week 5 Individual Skills Camp and field week: o Weapon Training (including Weapon Handling Tests) o Physical Training & Runs o Map Reading o Exercise Quick Cover (3 day exercise including Basic Fieldcraft and Close Quarter Battle) This is the first opt-out point & there will be a few quitters. Avoid the "Lemming Effect" and crack-on. Those that leave at this point can generally expect a 12-24 month wait before getting the opportunity to re-join. o Families Day Location: Lympstone Commando Training Centre & Woodbury Common. Long Weekend Leave Week 6 Individual Skills The recruits' basic shooting skills are perfected: o First Aid o Rifle Shoot o Physical Training o Map Reading Location: Lympstone Commando Training Centre & 40 Cdo Week 7 Individual Skills A week in the field introducing more basic infantry skills: o Exercise Marshall Star (3 1/2 Day Exercise) covers Basic Fieldcraft & Soldiering Skills (including Obstacle Crossing) o Close Quarter Combat Location: Woodbury Common. Week 8 Individual Skills Introduction to Survival Training: o Drill o Physical Training o Map Reading o First Aid and Survival Training Location; CTC & Stallcombe Wood Week 9 Individual Skills Weapons training, and an introduction to education qualifications: o Drill o Physical Training & Gym pass out. o Map reading o First Aid Exam o Light Support Weapon (LSW) Training and Shoot. o NVQ & Key Skills start Location; CTC Week 10 Individual Skills Navigation and survival training: o Exercise Hunter's Moon (4 day exercise) Fieldcraft o Navigation Training, o Map Reading o Survival Exercise Location; Dartmoor & Gileigh Long Weekend Leave Week 11 Advanced Skills Recruits must pass the next two weeks to continue their training: o Live Firing: Rifle elementary application to Annual Personal Weapons Test (Combat Infantryman) (also Computer Simulations Shoots) Location; Straight Point Range Week 12 Advanced Skills Shooting training is crucial if recruits are to pass on to continue their training: o Light Support Weapon Auto Shoot: LSW Annual Personal Weapons Assessment (Moving Targets/Night Sights) Location; Straight Point Range Week 13 Advanced Skills Communication and CBRN training start this week: o Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Training o Comms Training Starts o Grenade throwing o Helicopter & Underwater Escape Drills Location; Woodbury Common, RNAS Yeovilton Week 14 Advanced Skills Time to perfect navigation and field skills ready for Exercise Baptist Run next week: o CBRN o Radios o Exercise Running Man (3 day exercise) mainly Navigation Training (Yomping) o Fit Lovats & Blues Uniforms Location; CTC & Woodbury Common Week 15 Advanced Skills A major exercise this week tests all the core military skills required of a Royal Marine. All recruits must successfully complete this exercise to continue training: o Individual Skills Revision o Exercise Baptist Run (2 day field test exercise)-to test all skills taught in phase 1- includes stalking, kit inspections, map reading, CBRN and signal tests. o First drill inspection, arms drill pass out and phase 1 pass out parade Location; CTC & Woodbury Common Long Weekend Leave Week 16 Operations of War module Training picks up intensity, with an emphasis on perfecting Infantry skills: o VHF radio procedure training o Battle physical training o 51mm mortar training o Tactics package starts o Battlefield tour Location; CTC & France Week 17 Operations of War module Soldiering skills and tactical training are honed and perfected: o Exercise First Base Tactical field patrols race o Observation posts and harbour drills Location; Perridge Estate Week 18 Operations of War module Patrol and tactical understanding is perfected: o Exercise Second Empire section and troop level attacks o Troop fighting patrols and ambushes Location: Woodbury Common Week 19 Operations of War module A combination of weapon and adventure training: o General purpose machine gun (GPMG) training o R & I/ Adventure training o Battle physical training Location; CTC & Cornwall Week 20 Operations of War module The multi-terrain vehicle (the Viking) is introduced to recruits, and tactical training is completed: o Exercise Viking Warrior (Troop level patrolling exercise) o Including Viking training package Location: Bovington Camp & training areas. Week 21 Operations of War module This week includes weapons training and battlefield tactics lectures: o Battle physical training o General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) training o Defence lectures and CBRN Location; CTC Week 22 Operations of War module More patrolling skills are taught, as well as fighting in woods and forests (FIWAF): o Battle Physical training pass out o Operating in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills Including patrolling o FIWAF o Dig & defence o CBRN Location; Sennybridge Week 23 Operations of War module Operations in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills (OBUA AND CQB) is taught and practiced: o Operations in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills (OBUA AND CQB) exercise Location; Sennybridge Long weekend Leave Week 24 Operations of War module More weaponry training, and an Endurance Course acquaint: o Minimi light machine gun (LGM) training, o Endurance course acquaint, o Key skills period ends Location: CTC Week 25 Operations of War module Amphibious training: o 12 mile load carry o Amphibious training o Minimi LMG firing (AWA) o Sea safety training o Visit RM museum Location; Poole Areas & Portsmouth Week 26 Commando Course Climbing and mountain skills are practiced and the Final exercise begins: o 6 Mile speed march, o Cliff assault & rope techniques, o Water obstacle crossing, o Tarzan assault course acquaint o Final Exercise starts This is the last opt-out point after this week you'll hopefully complete RT, give 2.5 years return of service before being eligible to submit 12 months notice. Those not sure about their intentions ('War dodgers') leave at this point. With hindsight, having got this far, most bitterly regret leaving. Location; CTC, Foggin Tor, SW England Week 27 Commando Course Final Exercise is designed to prove a high standard of professional skills and tactical understanding and recruits must successfully complete this in order to continue training. This is the turning point - if you pass this, you're extremely unlucky not to successfully pass out: o Final Exercise ends o Specialisations brief Location: SW England, CTC Long Weekend Leave Week 28 Commando Course Training and an intensive physical workout on the Tarzan Assault Course o European computer driving licence (ECDL) computing o Tarzan Assault and Endurance course run-throughs o Drill Location; CTC, Woodbury Common, Bicton college Week 29 Commando Course Live fire tactical training: o Field Firing Exercise 1 (Individual and Fire team level Live Firing) Location; Dartmoor Week 30 Commando Course o Field Firing Exercise 2 (Section & Troop level Field Firing) o Endurance course pass out Location; Dartmoor, Woodbury Common, CTC Week 31 Commando Course This is the Commando test week where all the core criteria to becoming a Royal Marine Commando are tested: o Commando Tests (9 mile speed march, Tarzan & assault course, 30 miler, Endurance course) o ECDL Computing o Drill Location; CTC, Woodbury Common, Dartmoor & Bicton College Week 32 Kings Squad Pass Out Week In this final week of training, recruits celebrate their transition to Royal Marine Commandos: o King's Squad Pass Out Parade o Leaving admin Location; CTC.