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Royal Marines Commando 32 Week Recruit Training Programme

Discussion in 'Stickies/Frequently Asked Questions' started by Ninja_Stoker, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    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.
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  2. noshmon

    noshmon New Member

    Jul 31, 2012
    Really useful and interesting read. Thanks Ninja
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  3. MattArnold

    MattArnold Active Member

    May 28, 2012
    Great info thanks Ninja, is there anything similiar for YO Training?

  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007

    Month 1

    Joining routine

    Issuing of all kit and equipment
    Briefings on YO course and general etiquette in the mess and around camp
    Introduction to the gym and Physical Training
    Introduction to drill (marching)
    Introduction to the SA80 A2 rifle
    Overview of the Royal Marines
    Kit husbandry ? Including the folding, ironing and laying out kit and clothing
    Introduction to map reading
    A visit to the Royal Marines Museum
    Packing a military Bergan (standard issue rucksack)

    Month 2

    Exercise First Stop ? learning basic fieldcraft including hygiene, navigation and moving at night
    Signals Training
    Field exercise ? learning about camouflage and concealment skills, section attacks and night navigation
    Live firing on the ranges.

    Month 3

    Introduction and training on the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
    First Aid training
    Exercise Lost Tribe ? a Dartmoor navigation exercise
    Chemical Biological Radioactive and Nuclear training
    Visit to Dartmouth Naval College for one week of military studies
    Further weapons training

    Month 4

    Exercise Eye Opener ? a navigation based exercise
    Map Reading exams
    Grenade lessons
    Leadership lessons
    Introduction to the 9mm pistol
    Complete physical training in the gym and on to the Lympstone assault course in the Bottom Field

    Month 5

    Exercise Quick Draw ? an exercise with the Artillery units of the Royal Marines
    Introduction to Orders
    Education on the Geneva Convention
    Month 6
    Start of Offensive Operations package
    Introduction to Basics Tactics package - observation Posts, patrolling and battle drills
    Confirmatory exercise

    Month 7

    Exercise Early Bird at Okehampton ? covering orders, troop attacks and vehicle anti-ambush drills
    A visit to Royal Marines facilities at Poole ? an introduction to the Corps' amphibious asset, and boat drills in both daytime and night time scenarios
    A visit to a Commando Unit
    Underwater and Helicopter Escape drills

    Month 8

    Exercise Dragon Storm in Wales ? covering patrols and troop attacks
    Introduction to mines and munitions
    Continuation of training on assault course
    Various speed marches

    Month 9

    The start of the Defensive Operations package
    Fighting In Built Up Areas
    Fighting In Built Up Areas exercise
    Artillery and mortar live firing
    Introduction to the Endurance Course and Tarzan Assault Course
    Lessons on Organisation and Role of the Army

    Month 10

    Lessons on Battlefield Technologies
    Exercise Crash Action ? a three week exercise prior to start of the Commando Course. The exercise will involve the use of amphibious assets, helicopters and simulated attacks on Dartmoor and in Wales.

    Month 11

    The start of the Commando Course
    Four Commando tests to be completed in consecutive order, including; Endurance Course, Nine Mile Speed March, Tarzan Assault Course and finishing off with the Thirty Mile Run.
    Continuation of Tactics and Doctrine training
    Anti-Armour training
    Urban and Rural patrolling

    Month 12

    Exercise Swiftfoot ? Fighting In Built Up Areas exercise
    Thrity minute presentations given by the Young Officers
    Deployment for three weeks to the USA on Exercise Virginia Tempest

    Month 13

    Lessons on organisation and roles of the Commando Units
    Introduction to life in a Commando Unit
    Adventurous Training
    Introduction and training with the Viking, the Corps' all-terrain vehicle

    Month 14

    A tour of Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst
    Conduct live fire shooting packages
    One week at Dartmouth Naval College for military studies
    Battlefield Tour

    Month 15

    Lessons on report writing
    Introduction to recruit training
    Exercise Final Nail ? the culmination of everything that has been taught throughout training
    Month 15?
    Conduct Sword Drill
    Conduct Drill practice
    Receive final reports
    Take part in the King?s Squad Pass Out Parade

    Phase 2

    Having successfully passed out of Young Officer training, your first job will be as a Troop Commander at either one of the Commando Units (40, 42 or 45); or a Troop Commander at Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines; or the Commando Logistics Regiment.

    All roles will require you to use every bit of your Phase 1 training, and you will also be faced with a whole host of new and rewarding challenges.

    You will be in charge of a troop of around thirty men, most of whom will have several years experience in the Corps. You should not be daunted by this as you will have a Troop Sergeant as your second in command who will offer you advice and support throughout this period.

    The Troop Sergeant will have seen many YO?s coming through and will be a valuable source of information. You will also have three very capable Corporals who will be your link to the Marines under your command. They play an important part in the day to day running of the troop and as such you should ensure that you work closely together.

    Throughout your time as a Troop Commander you may be deployed on military operations to Iraq or Afghanistan. Your training will have fully prepared you for this and you and the men in your troop will have undergone a period of training before the deployment to ensure that you are trained to the highest standards.

    If you do not deploy on military operations you will still need to lead your troop whether on training exercises or on camp. You will work with your Troop Sergeant and Company Commander to develop a robust and rewarding exercise programme to ensure your men remain highly trained.

    During your time you may deploy on several exercises to Norway, America, the Caribbean or Europe, and have the chance to work with other multi-national forces. All environments will bring with them a new challenge and a new experience, all of which will ensure you become a better Officer.

    As a Troop Commander you will work directly to the Company Commander (a Major) who will direct you as to how he wants training to be conducted. There will be another two of your batch mates in the same Company so you will never be alone - and sharing your successes and problems over a drink in the Officers? Mess will help all.

    Your time as a Troop Commander will be one of the many highlights of your career. The men you command will be highly motivated, highly capable and will respect your decisions and abilities as an Officer in the Royal Marines.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    Just having a browse over the old Royal Marines website, (which is still by far the best source of information compared to the crap RN website) and realise I forgot to post this link, which has a breakdown of each week (numbered 1-32 across the top) so that you can actually visualise what you will be doing. It's a good reference source for families too: http://webarchive.nationalarchives....fitness/royal-marines-training-course/week-1/
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  6. ChapStick

    ChapStick Veteran Contributor

    Oct 17, 2014
    App Stage:
    Do you no the dates of weekend leaves if they started 17th November?
  7. Mr D

    Mr D Venerated Contributor

    Jun 28, 2013
    Chaps,Assuming he stays with his original troop it will (I think) be-
    Wk 5- Xmas leave
    Wk 10- Fri 6 Feb-Sun 8 Feb
    Wk 15- Fri 13 Mar-Sun 15 Mar
    2 wks Easter leave-Fri 27 Mar-Sun 12 Apl
    wk 23- Fri 22 May- Sun 24 May
    wk 27- Fri 19 June-Sun 21 June
    Then to a finish at wk 32,your mans pass out should be Fri 24 July.

    I`m sure your aware that these date are not guaranteed and can be taken away at the whim:eek:,sorry discretion of the TT ;)
    Also in Phase 2 wk 16 on,they are sometimes allowed home on non scheduled weekends,again at the TT discretion.

    Hope this helps Chaps,but please pay heed to the (I think) in line #1
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  8. ChapStick

    ChapStick Veteran Contributor

    Oct 17, 2014
    App Stage:
    Thank you and I no they best be on best behaviour ha. MEN! :D
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    • Exercise Marshall Star (3 1/2 day exercise) covers basic fieldcraft and soldiering skills (including obstacle crossing)
    • Close quarter combat
    • Drill
    • Physical training
    • Map reading
    • First aid and survival training

    • Drill
    • Physical training
    • Map reading
    • First aid exam light support weapon (LSW) training and shoot
    • Exercise hunter's moon (4 day exercise) fieldcraft
    • Navigation training
    • Map reading
    • Survival exercise (long weekend)
    • Live firing: rifle elementary application to annual Personal Weapons Test (combat infantryman) (also computer simulation shoots)
    • Light support weapon auto shoot: LSW annual Personal Weapons Assessment (moving targets/night sight)

    • Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Training
    • Comms training starts
    • Grenade throwing
    • Helicopter & underwater escape drills
    • CBRN
    • 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
    • Fit Lovats & Blues uniforms
    • Physical training
    • Comms Training
    • First drill inspection, arms drill pass out and phase 1 pass out parade.
    • Intro to Battle Physical Training.
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    • Exercise First Base Tactical field patrols race
    • Observation posts and harbour drills
    • Exercise Second Empire section and troop level attacks
    • Troop fighting patrols and ambushes
    • Viking Training
    • Troop attacks and ambushes
    • General purpose machine gun (GPMG) training
    • Battle physical training
    • Exercise Urban Warrior (OBUA Drills)
    • Mine Warfare Training

    • Battle physical training
    • Defence lectures and CBRN
    • Long distance march carrying full kit.
    • Fighting in Built-up Areas and Close Quarter Battle Skills (FIBUA AND CQB) exercise
    • Minimi light machine gun (LMG) training
    • Endurance course acquaint
    • Key skills period ends
    • 12 mile load carry
    • Amphibious training
    • Minimi LMG firing (AWA)
    • Sea safety training
    • Visit RM museum

    • 6 Mile speed march
    • Cliff assault & rope techniques
    • Water obstacle crossing
    • Tarzan assault course acquaint
    • Final Exercise starts
    • Final Exercise ends
    • Specializations brief (Long Weekend)
  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    • Tarzan assault and endurance course run throughs
    • Drill
    • Career Advice
    • Field Firing Exercise 1 (Individual and Fire Team level Live Firing)
    • Live Firing Tactical Training Phase 2
    • Endurance course pass out
    • Commando Tests (9 mile speed march, Tarzan & assault course, 30 miler, Endurance course)
    • Drill
    • Church Service
    • King's Squad Pass Out Parade
    • Leaving admin

    Right through your training, you’ll take part in field exercises that bring together everything you’ve learned so far. You’ll start off using basic skills like camouflage, concealment or night movement. Later, you’ll deploy from helicopters and fast assault boats and you’ll also attack and defend buildings at night. This is also where you’ll start to develop the essential leadership and tactical skills you’ll need if you choose to be a Royal Marines Officer.

    Testing times

    You will have regular tests throughout your training which will help us and you to see how you’re developing. We’ll test specific skills such as marksmanship, reading maps, drill or first aid and give you an overall assessment during some of the exercises. You’ll know when these are happening and be fully prepared. If you don’t pass, we’ll help you put things right before you take the test again.

    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.
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  12. plateface

    plateface Member

    Jan 28, 2015
    Don't know if it's just me but couldn't get those vids to play, they are also all available for download on the old archived RM site.
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  13. GC97

    GC97 Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Have been trying to find the correct thread to post my question in but couldn't find one that suited! So I hope it is okay to post it in here?

    I am fully aware that when you go down to recruit training that everyone goes on the train down to the base train station and is met by the corporal. However once in training after this first period (thinking more week 5 long weekend at home after family day), is it possible to drive to the base and have a car there during recruit training? Or is there strictly no cars allowed for recruits?

    Reason am asking as I live in Liverpool and would be easier to drive than get train when coming home on long weekends.

    Thanks in advance and sorry if this is the wrong post!
  14. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando

    Jan 10, 2012
    I think I heard that recruits cannot have a car on base at CTC.
  15. CSVern

    CSVern Veteran Contributor

    Nov 11, 2014
    I think that's correct. Probably to stop recruits driving home on a Friday night after a tough week and falling asleep at the wheel.
  16. Mr D

    Mr D Venerated Contributor

    Jun 28, 2013
    @GC97 , Above is 100% right mate, Recruits are not allowed cars at CTC
  17. GC97

    GC97 Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Thanks for your replies! Thought that might be the case!
  18. MumtoRM

    MumtoRM Moderator

    Jan 13, 2014
    I'm sure I've heard of some sneaking their cars down and using a local pub car park!
  19. "freddie"

    "freddie" Former Royal Marines SNCO.

    Mar 8, 2013
    What a good idea.
  20. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    The "no car" rule is pretty much two-fold. To safeguard the wellbeing of the recruit and other road-users. You only have to watch how long a Nod stays awake on his weekend off - some even fall asleep when ringing home.

    The other point is that there isn't a 700 vehicle parking lot at CTC.