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Royal Marines Recruit Handbook
Preparation Before Arriving at CTCRM

The aim of this handbook is to provide you, ‘The Recruit’ with the necessary 
information that will ensure that your preparations to join the Royal Marines 
are thorough, timely and afford you the best possible start to your career in 
the Royal Marines.
The detail contained in this handbook is specifically aimed at helping you to 
prepare yourself, both physically and psychologically, for the transition from 
civilian to Royal Marine and has been derived from the experiences of many 
young men that have gone before you.  The advice on physical preparation 
will assist you in developing a level of ability that will ensure a solid 
foundation that will serve you well during the early stages of the syllabus.  
Additionally, the handbook will provide you with the information required to 
ensure that your personal administration and domestic preparations are in 
order prior to your arrival at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines 
(CTCRM), and this is no less important than your physical preparation.  
You have already passed the initial hurdle, the Potential Royal Marines 
Course (PRMC), and are congratulated on passing this short but very 
intensive first step.  Through your attendance on the PRMC, you will have 
gained a limited understanding of what the Royal Marines and CTCRM has 
to offer.  Therefore, please use the information contained in these pages to 
broaden your knowledge and understanding of the Royal Marines, and the 
exciting and demanding challenges that lie ahead.
You are about to begin a great adventure with a world class organisation - 
excellence is what the country expects from us, and excellence is what we 
strive for.  My instructors will exert every effort, through teaching, coaching 
and mentoring, to create the conditions for you to achieve success and 
realise your ambition.  In return, all that I demand is that you demonstrate 
the determination, commitment and self-discipline to succeed, and this starts 
with your preparatory training. I trust that you will find this handbook a 
useful guide to your preparation and a valuable reference document. 
Finally, I wish you the very best of luck with your preparations and I look 
forward to you joining CTCRM in the near future.
Officer Commanding
Commando Training Wing
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Royal Marines Recruit Handbook
Preparation Before Arriving at CTCRM

Chapter 1  
Preparation Before Arriving at CTCRM 
Chapter 2 
Arrival at CTCRM and Initial Training 
Chapter 3 
Transition from Training as a Royal Marine 
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Personal Items Required by a  Recruit on Joining CTCRM
All new recruits arriving at CTCRM, although issued with the uniforms and 
equipment necessary for training, are required to purchase a number of 
personal items. Although the vast majority of these items can be purchased 
on camp, the following information is provided to give some guidance.
Civilian Dress.
Recruits will spend the majority of their time in uniform; however, smart 
civilian dress will be required for the first few days, evenings, weekends and 
leave periods. The following items should be brought on joining:
a.  A set of formal civilian dress (shoes, trousers, shirt and tie).  
  This should be worn when joining CTCRM.
b.  At least 3 sets of casual civilian dress. Smart jeans, T-shirts  
  and clean training shoes are allowed.
c.  Swimming trunks and flip-flops.
d.  Two sets of sports kit (shorts and T-shirts)
e.  When proceeding on leave, in the galley or in the all ranks  
  bar, ranks are not allowed to wear the following:
i  Patched, frayed or ragged jeans.
ii  Track suits.
iii  Shorts.
iv  Shirts displaying ‘hippie’ or psychedelic designs, or printed obscene 
or otherwise undesirable motifs.
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Personal Hygiene In Barracks.
Exacting standings of personal hygiene are required from Royal Marines. The 
following items are to be brought by all individuals:
a.  One bar of soap/shower gel.
b.  Shampoo and comb.
c.  Toothbrush and toothpaste.
d.  Nail brush.
e.  Deodorant.
f.  Razor and shaving foam (electric razors are not to be used).
g.  Two towels.
As these items can be replenished at the shop on camp, no bulk quantities 
are required.
Maintaining Kit.
All uniforms are provided, however it is the responsibility of all servicemen 
to maintain their kit. To achieve this, recruits will receive instruction during 
the Foundation module (first 3 weeks). There are several items required to 
achieve this and they are as follows:
a.  Boot brushes and polish.
b.  Clothes hangers.
c.  Sewing kit.
d.  Good quality Steam Iron. 
Additional Service Equipment.
The emphasis throughout training is placed on a recruit learning how to 
use and maintain the equipment issued to him therefore he is discouraged 
from buying additional items unnecessarily as he will not be permitted to use 
them. Any recruit who arrives at CTCRM with additional service equipment 
will have those items secured in Troop baggage rooms and will be directed 
to take these items home at the earliest opportunity.  
Civilian Outdoor equipment
There are several items which it is accepted will make a Marines life and 
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duties more bearable in the field and may be used at specific stages when 
approved by the Training team. These items include the fol owing:
Waterproof Map case.
Personal head torch/Maglite.
On arrival in foundation each man will be issued sufficient stationary to 
enable him to write home to family and friends. Surplus to this he will be 
required to bring sufficient stationary to enable him to maintain a record 
of notes taken during instructional periods and to operate under tactical 
situations. He will require the fol owing:
A4 Ring binder & paper.
A5 notebook.
Small pocket notebook.
Selection of Pens/pencils.
In addition to all items listed in this section each recruit will require sufficient 
re-sealable waterproof bags at a suitable size to hold trainers, combat 
jacket, trousers and socks (individual y wrapped) to maintain all this kit when 
deployed in the field.
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The purpose of this part of the handout is to aid and educate you in the best 
ways to improve and maximise your fitness levels prior to arriving at CTCRM 
to commence Royal Marines Recruit Training. This training period will differ 
from person to person, but a rough guideline to work on is 8 – 10 weeks. 
The exercises given are designed with simplicity in mind, and should al ow 
you to complete your session wherever you may be.
Royal Marines must have an all round, complete level of fitness, so it is 
important that you train both cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength 
before arriving at CTCRM. Many Recruits struggle during the first few weeks 
of training due to weak upper body strength in particular. The fol owing 
pages suggest a training programme that will ensure you get a good strong 
start to training. As you will see, it concentrates on body weight exercises, 
such as press-ups and pul -ups, meaning the programme can be completed 
almost anywhere, and there is no need to rush to the gym to start lifting lots 
of heavy weights, spending large amounts of money on expensive gym fees.
Ideal y you should train twice daily. The morning session should be your 
body weight strength exercises, and the afternoon session your aerobic 
(cardiovascular) exercise, i.e. running, cycling or swimming. Don’t worry if 
you can only train once daily; remember this programme is only a suggested 
format; it can be altered to suit your needs and lifestyle. You will notice that 
the programme includes rest days. These are very important, as they will 
ensure you do not over train and do not arrive at CTCRM tired, injury prone 
and unable to maintain your level of fitness.
Warming Up and Stretching
There are many different components of fitness, of which one is flexibility. As 
injuries are a very real and sometimes unavoidable reality of training, it is very 
important that you do everything you can prior to training to help your body 
avoid injuries. If you warm up and stretch properly prior to exercise you will 
improve your flexibility, which will in turn improve you strength and make 
you less prone to injury. However, ensure you stretch safely and correctly, as 
poor stretches can also lead to injury.
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Always warm up correctly, approx. 10 minutes of some sort of light aerobic 
exercise, and then stretch each major muscle group for approx. 10 seconds. 
Each stretch should be put on in a control ed manor, it is very important that 
you do not “bounce”, overstretch (experience pain or discomfort) or stretch 
cold muscles, as all these can lead to injury of the muscle.
Warm Down
To finish your session correctly you should always try to warm down 
correctly. Instead of just stopping abruptly you should first walk around to 
help bring your heart rate down slowly, and then sit and stretch the major 
muscles used in the exercise. After exercise you should aim to hold each 
stretch for approx. 30 seconds. This will help eliminate muscle stiffness the 
fol owing day and develop a larger more flexible muscle.
Morning Exercise – “The Body Weight Circuit”
The body weight circuit exercises should fol ow the order of an “upper-body 
exercise”, an “abdominal exercise” and a “leg exercise”. Three different 
exercises of each type should be used for the circuit and gives a “set” of 
nine exercises in total. After a short rest you repeat this set. Once the second 
set of nine is finished, rest and finish off with a final set of nine exercises. 
Including warm up, stretch, circuit and warm down, your morning session 
should take approx 40 mins. 
You will see over the page, a suggested circuit with examples of nine 
exercises and repetitions that you can achieve correctly. It is very important 
that when doing these exercises you use the correct technique, keep good 
posture and concentrate on quality exercises, rather than quantity. It is better 
to do 10 quality press-ups than 20 poor ones. Over your training period you 
will improve and this improvement will be accelerated if you concentrate on 
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Example of Body Weight Circuit
1st SET 
2nd SET 
3rd SET
15 Press-Ups 
20 Press-Ups 
15 Press-Ups
20 Knees to Chest 
25 Knees to Chest 
20 Knees to Chest
20 Squats 
25 Squats 
20 Squats
5 Pull-Ups 
8 Pull-Ups 
5 Pull-Ups
20 Alt knee to elbow 
25 Alt knee to elbow  20 Alt knee to elbow
15 Box Jumps 
20 Box Jumps 
15 Box Jumps
15 Triceps Dips 
20 Triceps Dips 
15 Triceps Dips
20 Half-Sits 
20 Half-Sits 
20 Half-Sits
10 Lunges (each leg) 
20 Lunges (each leg)  10 Lunges (each leg)
Notice that the repetitions have increased in the second set. This is because 
you always want to make the second set the hardest of all three. You can 
choose how many repetitions to increase by, but remember to try and make 
the exercises good quality. Also remember that your strength will increase so 
you will have to progress the number of repetitions in your first set, so the 
exercises are not too easy for you, this will in turn mean your 2nd and 3rd set 
will increase. This natural progression is expected over your training period, 
but do not rush it by performing bad quality exercises.
Afternoon Exercise – “Cardiovascular Fitness”
This is your aerobic exercise, helping to improve the fitness of your heart 
and lungs. A suggested programme is detailed below, but as with the body 
weight circuit, this is flexible. It is just important that you keep a steady 
pace throughout, as the aim of this aerobic exercise is to build a platform 
of fitness. This bank of fitness should then give you enough saved to be 
available to draw from when required. In other words, you’ll have worked 
steadily to gain a foundation of physical endurance and, once you have 
achieved that, you will be able to sharpen your fitness by including some 
faster and harder work.
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35 min 
RUN at steady pace. Finish with 3 sets of pull-ups. 
45 min 
BIKE RIDE at steady pace or 35 min SWIM (breast  
stroke). Finish with 3 sets of pull ups.
35 min 
RUN at steady pace. Finish with 3 sets of pull-ups. 
45 min 
BIKE RIDE at steady pace or 35 min SWIM (breast  
stroke). Finish with 3 sets of pull ups.
35 min 
RUN at steady pace. Finish with 3 sets of pull-ups.
Increase or decrease the pull-up number to suit your ability and increasing fitness.
Cycling and swimming are included to add aerobic exercises that are low 
impact (running being high impact). Swimming is also included to encourage 
any weak swimmers to seek advice and improve their breast stroke 
technique. During training you will need to pass your “Battle Swimming 
Test”, the Royal Marines Swimming Test. Any time devoted to practising 
swimming before arriving at CTCRM will aid you greatly and help you pass 
the test early on in training, to al ow you to concentrate on other aspects of 
Recruit training.
The most important part of this programme is to gain a base level of 
endurance fitness. After 4 weeks this should be in place, so you should 
include some sharpening exercises during your run. For instance, using a 
technique cal ed interval training you can increase your stamina as wel . To 
do this you set off on a normal run or bike ride, after 10 minutes or so, sprint 
flat out over a short distance, say from one telegraph pole to the next. Carry 
on with the run/cycle as normal after the sprint to let your heart recover. 
After a couple of minutes, repeat this process and do so at least four times. 
Try to do this in the middle part of your run/cycle, so that you complete the 
last 10 – 15 minutes at a steady pace.
This technique of running is cal ed “interval” training, it raises your heart rate 
and enables you to improve the rate at which you recover. It is important not 
to overdo interval training, introduce it once a week initial y, ensuring you 
have built up a base level of fitness first. Around week six of your training 
programme you can increase it to twice a week, the number of intervals can 
be changed as wel . Start with 4/5 intervals and increase up to about 10.
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Recovery is as important, if not more important than training itself. Without 
adequate recovery time, the benefit of the previous days training can be lost, 
or severely reduced. Adequate rest al ows the damaged muscle fibres to heal 
and reform in a strengthened state; this is also true for the muscle fibres 
within the heart. It is therefore important that the rest days al otted into the 
programme are kept to, where possible and your body is al owed to recover. 
Overtraining is a common outcome, rest days are ignored and can lead to 
il ness, fatigue and in many cases injury.
Fluid Intake
It has been stated that dehydration by as little as 2% can lead to a drop in 
performance by as much as 7%. It is very important that you drink water 
throughout the day, and not just while exercising. However, it is important 
to take on water while performing your exercise programme, small sips in 
between sets is a good start. If you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, 
another sign is if your urine is orange/dark yel ow in colour, it should be 
clear. The best way to combat this is to carry a water bottle around with 
you and drink little and often. Keeping yourself hydrated will keep your 
performances at its peak.
Diet and Nutrition
While training it is important that you eat the correct foods at the right time. 
If possible you should eat a fulfil ing healthy breakfast (example: weatabix, 
muesli or porridge), and then about 1/2 hour before training have a banana 
or sugary snack to raise your sugar levels pre-exercise. After exercise, you 
should try to replenish your energy stores within 15-30 minutes of finishing 
your exercise, a glass of orange juice or a banana is suitable for this.
If you eat healthily and sensibly, there is no requirement to take any 
supplements or “get fit quicker” pil s/powders. Everything that you need 
exists in ordinary everyday food; it just takes a bit of knowledge to choose 
the right food. Libraries and good bookshops provide excel ent information 
on good diet if you are unsure of what to eat.
Training Programme
To enable you to chart your progress, there is a ten week training diary in 
this booklet. It is included to help you, so it is in your best interest to fill in 
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the diary accurately for 10 weeks, starting the week after your successful 
PRMC. This diary will enable you to see your fitness levels increase over the 
ten week period, which will give you feedback and encourage you to keep 
working hard.
Royal Marines Recruit 
Training Physical Training is 
progressive throughout, and will 
gradual y make you reach levels of physical 
fitness that you never thought would be possible.
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it is our job to 
help you achieve your 
goals, so you do not have to be 
a super-fit human being before you arrive, 
it is important that you fol ow the programme 
outlined, so you do arrive with a good base level of fitness 
for us to work from. Be under no il usion that you will require a lot of 
determination and wil power to push yourself above and beyond anything 
you have done before, however, arriving at CTCRM with a credible level of 
fitness will do nothing but make life easier for you in the 32 weeks ahead.
The Royal Marines Physical Training branch wish you all the best in your 
preparations and look forward to seeing you back at CTCRM fit, healthy 
and ready to go.
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Using Military Boots
The likelihood is that you do not wear heavy leather boots in your civilian life 
and your feet are probably more used to the comfort and ease of a trainer. 
Although it would be sensible for you to break a pair of combat boots in and 
try to harden the soles of your feet a little, this is achieved by walking around 
in combat boots for a couple of hours here and there, and by polishing the 
leather to help soften it up. There is real y no need to start doing any physical 
training while wearing boots, which may even cause injuries in a worst case 
scenario. The physical side of Recruit training is structured specifical y to be 
progressive, so we will not start you running in boots as soon as you arrive. 
This will be a gradual process to make sure we avoid any injuries. You will be 
supplied boots after completion of PRMC.
Sport in the Royal Marines
The Royal Marines attracts sportsmen of many differing disciplines and 
prides itself in competing against the Army, Air Force and Navy despite it’s 
considerably smal er size. Sport is a part of everyday life for trained Ranks 
within the Corps, whether it be Company and Unit sports team training, 
Unit Competitions, or inter Unit Competitions and Corps Championships. 
For those sportsmen that wish to pursue their chosen sport to a higher level, 
there are Corps teams that play Army regiments, Naval teams and civilian 
clubs, if successful at a Corps level it is not uncommon for Royal Marines to 
represent the Navy, and in a large number of Naval sports team, the Corps 
actual y provides a higher  percentage of that squad, despite having a smal er 
pool of individuals to select from. Those sportsmen who prove themselves at 
a Navy level can also go on to represent the Combined Services, a very high 
level in which ever sport, and has often lead to Royal Marines representing 
their country.
During Recruit training it is very difficult to find time to pursue your specific 
sport due to the hectic and busy nature, however there are “Recreational 
Training Periods” programmed in with your PTI, where you may play footbal , 
touch rugby etc. To risk a serious injury during training, by playing a specific 
sport to a high standard, would real y not be sensible. Your Troop PTI will ask 
you which sports you play/take part in and to what standard, and this will 
be highlighted to your Unit if you successful y pass out of training, to enable 
you to continue this sport in the Corps. However, in general Recruits do not 
get time to compete while in training, although some talented Recruits have 
provided exceptions in the past.
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Training Diary
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9am: body  REST DAY 10am:  
body weight  weight 
ple circuit.
35min run,  35min 
35min run, 
am 35min run,  45min run, 
+ 4 50m 
3 sets 5 pull 
3 sets 3 pull  3 sets 3 pull 
intervals, 3  5pm: 3 
sets 5 pull  sets 5 pull 
eek 1
eek 2
eek 3
eek 4
eek 5
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Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
eek 6
eek 7
eek 8
eek 9
eek 1
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Warm Up Stretches
Quadriceps Stretch:
 take hold of laces of 1 foot and ease foot to rear. Keep 
slight bend in standing leg. Keep knee, hip, shoulder of stretching leg in line. 
Keep knees together. Hold stretch for 10 seconds. Release gently. Repeat for 
opposite leg.
Hamstring Stretch: one foot forward, one foot back. Bend in rear leg, front 
leg straight. Knees together, chest and head up. Sit into the stretch, hands 
on bent leg, feeling stretch on rear of front leg. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 
for opposite leg.
Calf Stretch: one foot forward, one foot back. Bend in front leg, rear leg 
straight. Body up-right. Ease forward on front leg to feel stretch at back of 
rear leg in lower part. Hold for 10- seconds. Repeat for opposite leg.
Upper Back Stretch: feet shoulder width apart, slight bend in knee. Arms out 
in front, hands linked. Roll shoulders forward as if hugging, round your back, 
feel stretch across upper back/shoulder blades. Hold for 10- seconds.
Chest Shoulder Stretch: shoulder width apart, slight bend in knee. Hands 
crossed behind back. Slowly raise arms backwards towards head and push 
chest out. Feel stretch across shoulders and chest. Hold for 10 seconds.
Shoulder Stretch: feet shoulder width apart, slight bend in knee. One arm 
across body, other arm pul s first arm into body, pul ing above or below joint 
(not on elbow joint). Feel stretch across shoulder of straight arm. Hold for 
10- seconds. Repeat for opposite arm.
Triceps Stretch: arm up behind head pointing down spine, other arm holds 
elbow of first arm and eases arm further down spine. Feel stretch on back of 
first arm. Hold for 10- seconds. Repeat for opposite arm.
Hip/Abductor Stretch: sit on the floor, knees apart, soles of feet together. 
Hands grasp ankles with elbows on inside of knees. Push knees gently to 
floor with elbows. Keep back straight, looking forward. Hold for 10 seconds.
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Examples of Exercises
 hands shoulder width apart; i.e. under shoulders, elbows stay 
close to body as arms straighten. Arms ful y straighten, before chest returns 
to the floor and exercise repeated. Head and eyes look forward at all times. 
Pivot from the heels, not the lower back. Your body should be stiff like a 
plank of wood, feet and knees together.
Close Arm Press-up: As above but hands touching each other under chest, 
making a diamond with the index fingers and thumbs of your hands.
Wide Arm Press-ups: As press ups, but hands wider than shoulder width. 
Elbows out to side. Chest lowers to floor.
Triceps Dips: hands shoulder width apart on bench with arms straight. Feet 
away with slight bend in knee. Head up. Bend in elbow lowers rear to floor, 
elbow at right angle. Elbow straightens to full extension of arm.
Half-Sits: Head, shoulders and back on floor. Hands on thigh with fingers 
pointed. Knees, feet together. Sit up, sliding hands along thigh, over knees 
until palm in on knee cap. Keep neck rigid by focusing on point on ceiling 
or in distance, do not jerk head. Return to start under control. Head and 
shoulder return to floor.
Alternate Elbow to Knee: Head, shoulders and back on floor. Hands at 
side of head with fingers on temples. Knees, feet together. Sit up, twisting 
so left elbow touches top of right knee. Return to start position under 
control, with head, shoulders and back on floor. Repeat with right elbow to 
left knee.
Knees to Chest: Head, shoulders, back rested on floor. Arms straight by 
sides. Knees and feet together, feet 10 cm from floor. Bend at knees bringing 
towards chest and curls hips up so rear and lower back comes away from 
floor. Return to start position under control. Feet remain off the floor for 
entire set.
Step-ups: stand straight in front of step. Step up onto step/box with one 
foot. Ensure the whole sole of the foot (and not just the toe) is placed onto 
the step. Step up and stand up straight. Step down backwards and return to 
original start position, standing ful y straight. Repeat.
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Box Jump: stand in front of box with slight bend in knee. Jump up onto 
box, ensuring the entire sole of both feet land on the box. Straighten the legs 
and stand up straight. Jump down backwards under control and repeat. 
Knee Raise: hold onto beam/bar with over hand grip, slightly wider than 
shoulder width. Hang straight with feet and knees together. Bend at the 
knee to raise knees to chest, curls the hips forward to raise knees as far as 
possible. Lower under control to avoid body swinging.
Pull-Ups: hold onto beam/bar with over hand grip, slightly wider than 
shoulder width. Hang straight with feet and knees together. Pull up until 
top of chest touches the beam and chin is higher than the beam. Hold for a 
short pause and return under control to original position. Hold body tension 
rigid to avoid swinging. Do not kick legs to aid in raising the body.
Lunges: stand with feet shoulder width apart, slight bend in knee, head 
looking forward. Arms across chest, right over left. Step forward with one 
leg and bend knee to ninety degree angle, so that opposite knee almost 
touches the floor. Push up with stepping leg to return to starting position at 
speed. Pause, and repeat for opposite leg. Ensure back remains straight and 
head looking forward.
Squats: with feet shoulder width apart, slight bend in knee, head looking 
forward. Arms across chest, right over left. Bend both knees to a ninety 
degree angle as if about to sit in an imaginary seat. Return to standing, 
starting position at speed and repeat. Ensure back remains straight and head 
looking forward.
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Notwithstanding individuals’ personal rights all electrical  equipment 
contained in this section are subject to specific  restrictions and orders for use 
in a military establishment.  In accordance with military law any individual 
contravening these orders may have his equipment confiscated and returned 
at a later date to be removed from the Camp.
Equipment is to have been passed as fit for use by a PSA  electrician.  This 
testing will be conducted in the foundation  block soon after arrival at 
CTCRM.  Any equipment purchased during training thereafter must be tested 
and approved and this is to be co-ordinated through your Troop Sergeant.
Private Computers
Restricted Use
 – There is limited space in accommodation blocks for 
desktop computers and consequently recruits are not permitted to bring 
them into camp.  Individuals may wish to use laptops for watching DVD’s.  
There are many restrictions on a military base regarding where and when 
systems can be operated therefore to comply with standing orders usage of 
laptops is permitted only in accommodation blocks out of working hours. 
Recording Notes – Privately owned computers may only be used for 
UNCLASSIFIED work; never for any work classified RESTRICTED or above 
therefore all notes on recruit training may not be kept on computer.
Data Protection Act – Owners of personal computers are reminded that 
they will be contravening the Data Protection Act 1984 if they use their 
computers to hold or process personal data.  The definition of personal data 
is information that relates to a living individual who can be identified from 
the information (or from that and other information in the possession of the 
data user).
Learning Centre 21 (LC21)
CTCRM has an Interactive Learning Centre to which all recruits are permitted 
access.  This facility will enable the user access to the internet, send and 
receive emails and register for online learning in a variety of courses (where 
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spare time is available).  All trainees are strongly encouraged to use this 
facility and to refrain from keeping personal computers in accommodation 
Television Sets
There is limited space in accommodation blocks for Television sets and 
consequently recruits are discouraged from bringing them into camp. There 
are several sets around the camp in the Leisure facility area, Gymnasium, 
Main dining hall and Church which recruits are able to view during limited 
spare time. All television sets on a military establishment are to be covered by 
an individual licence held by the owner.
Gaming Equipment
General y there will be very little time available for the use of gaming 
equipment; in addition without the use of a television screen it is not 
feasible. Handheld gaming machines are permitted to be used out of 
working hours.
Music Systems/Ipods
Recruits are permitted to own and use any form of music player whether 
portable or otherwise. These are to be used out of working hours and will be 
subject to local restrictions for storage within troop accommodation blocks.
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In order to ensure personal correspondence is addressed correctly, thereby 
ensuring timely delivery, mail being delivered to the camp should contain the 
fol owing information:
Rct… Initials & Name
Service Number…
Troop Number… 
Commando Training Wing

Service number, Troop number and Company will be known on arrival at 
All registered parcels and recorded delivery post will arrive at the Unit mail 
office. Internal chits will then be issued to individuals for col ection from the 
mail office on production of their ID cards.
Smoking is permitted in CTCRM but only in designated areas. These 
will be pointed out on arrival. There is a no smoking policy in force in all 
accommodation blocks. New policy and guidance for smoking in MOD 
buildings is now in force.
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What to Eat
Eating a healthy balanced diet will provide you with all the nutrients you 
need to take part in your favourite sport or physical activity. This means 
eating a wide variety of foods, see below, for how to get the balance right.
Trying to eat more of the right things does not mean ‘going on a diet’, 
especial y not one of the quick-fix diets so many celebrities are keen to 
endorse. True, you may lose weight with one of these, but it could well 
be only temporary and you’re likely to be less healthy as these diets don’t 
provide all the nutrients you need.
Fruit and Vegetables
Fresh fruit and veg, frozen, chil ed, canned, 100% juice, and dried fruit & veg 
all count here. You should try to eat at least five portions of fruit & veg each 
day. The size of a ‘portion’ can vary depending on what you’re eating, but 
a good rule is that a portion of fruit or veg will general y weigh about 100 
Juice also counts as a portion, but however much you drink in a day it will 
only count as one portion. This is because juice doesn’t contain as much fibre 
as “solid” fruit.
Bread, Potatoes and Cereals (inc. noodles, pasta and rice)
Starchy foods like these should make up half your plate. Your body’s 
main source of energy and the high fibre keeps you regular in the bowel 
department. Surprisingly, an average serving of potatoes also contains a 
healthy dol op of vitamin C and, unless you’ve smothered them in butter, 
absolutely no fat.
Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Nuts, Beans and Pulses
All of these provide a good source of protein, which helps your body rebuild 
itself (repairing damaged muscles, hair, nails etc). OK, if you’re vegetarian or 
vegan you’re not going to go for the meat & fish... but eating Soya also does 
this and there are smal er amounts in grains and dairy products.
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Milk and Dairy Products
These are a rich source of calcium, which strengthens your bones and teeth 
and helps your muscles and nerves function properly. The best products 
health wise will be those classified as having lower fat. A pint of milk a day is 
enough to ensure you’re getting the recommended daily intake of calcium.
Foods containing Fat and Sugar
Fat is a great energy source, but fatty foods don’t contain very many 
nutrients. Just one gram of fat contains about nine calories so unless you 
take a lot of exercise having eaten a lot of fatty foods, your body will retain 
the fat and you’ll put on weight. But don’t avoid eating fat altogether - your 
body needs energy and in smal er doses fat is an important part of healthy 
eating. And though it’s high in fat, chocolate’s fine every now and then.
Foods high in Fat Content
Try to eat these sorts of foods less often or in small amounts:
·  Meat pies, sausages, meat with visible white fat 
·  Hard cheese 
·  Butter and lard 
·  Pastry 
·  Cakes and biscuits 
·  Cream, soured cream and crème fraîche 
·  Coconut oil, coconut cream or palm oil

For a healthy choice, use just a small amount of vegetable oil or a reduced-
fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. And when you are having meat, 
try to choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat.
Good Sources of Energy During and After Exercise
Carbohydrate is the most important fuel for energy, so you should eat lots of 
foods that are rich in starchy carbohydrates. 
Many different foods contain carbohydrate. The richest sources of 
carbohydrate are bread, rice, pasta, cereals and potatoes, but other foods 
also contain useful amounts, such as: fruit, vegetables, beans, pulses, 
yoghurt and milk.  
The more you exercise, the more carbohydrate you need. The actual amount 
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you need depends upon the type of exercise you’re doing, the intensity, 
duration and frequency of the exercise, and your fitness level. 
The bigger the glycogen stores in your muscles, the longer you can perform. 
So this is particularly important if you do an endurance sport such as 
marathon running, long distance cycling or fell running.
After exercise, your muscles can refuel their glycogen stores twice as fast as 
normal, so it’s important to eat foods containing carbohydrate soon after 
you’ve finished exercising.
Keeping Hydrated
Dehydration and heat stress can stop you getting the most out of your body, 
so it’s important that you drink enough. 
Remember that during training, you need extra fluid on top of the usual 1.2 
litres (6 to 8 glasses) we need in climates such as the UK to stop us getting 
When you are physical y active it is essential that you take plenty of fluids 
on board as you tend to sweat a lot as your body tries to keep itself cool. 
Replacing this water stops you from getting tired so quickly and can help 
speed up the recovery process after a lengthy sports session.
For short bouts of activity, it’s fine just to drink water or diluted fruit juice 
before and after you exercise.
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What Happens if I get Injured during Training?
Hunter Company
Hunter Coy is the rehabilitation department for Commando Training Wing, if 
you receive an injury or get sick and you are unable to continue with training, 
you will be sent to Hunter Coy.  The Coy is specifical y designed to look after 
all types of injuries, ensuring you receive the correct treatment and the time 
to recuperate.  On joining Hunter Coy with an injury you will automatical y 
join 1 Tp.  There you will be welcomed into the Troop with an interview 
with the Troop Officer as part of your joining routine.  Another important 
part of joining routine is your assessment by one of the two chartered 
Physiotherapist who are permanently attached to Hunter Coy, depending 
on what your injury is you will then be al ocated to one of four sections, 
each is specifical y designed to cater for injuries to a part of the body, for 
example if you have broken a bone you will join the Fractures section.  
These sections are headed by a Remedial instructor (Sports Therapist) who 
will look after your rehabilitation ensuring you carry out the right remedial 
exercises.  During this period you will continue to receive military instruction 
from a dedicated training team, their job is to deliver an interesting and 
comprehensive training programme, to keep your professional skil s fresh 
preventing skill fade.
Once your injury has healed and you are pain free you will move up to 2 Tp, 
here you will start to prepare for a return to training.  Whilst in 2 Tp you will 
concentrate on your physical training and professional skil s, in an 8 week 
training cycle you will participate in two shooting exercises on the range, 
go on two field exercise and take part in other training evolutions.  The end 
result is that you will be ready to return to training.
The only important factor that you must remember, if you get injured whilst 
in training, the Corps is required to provide the duty of care necessary to 
get you fit.  The remedial facilities here at CTCRM are the envy of all the 
three services and could easily be compared to some of the top professional 
football clubs.
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On joining CTCRM you will be paid the New Entry Rate of Pay unless you 
have been advised otherwise by your careers office.  On completion of 26 
weeks training, your pay will rise to Increment Level 1.  Your next incremental 
raise will be one year from the date that you went up to Incremental Level 1.
As well as Income Tax and National Insurance, you are liable for Food and 
Accommodation charges.  Once these have been deducted, you can expect 
a monthly wage packet of approximately £700 - £800 in the early weeks.
£4.13 (DAILY)
£0.62 (DAILY)
£1.39 (DAILY)
On the Friday of your first week at CTCRM you will receive a pay lecture, 
during which we will need your bank details - Sort Code and Account 
Number.  We recommend that you join having already opened a bank 
account and that your bank statements are sent to your home address 
as, during training, your address could change quite frequently.  At this 
pay lecture, we will offer you a cash advance of £200 although this isn’t 
compulsory.  If you choose to take it, the entire £200 will be deducted from 
your first payment to your bank account.  In week three, £200 will be paid 
directly into your account - this will be paid in one go.  It can take up to a 
maximum of nine weeks to get your pay up and running so, in spite of the 
cash advances you receive, we would advise you to have access to sufficient 
funds, for your personal needs, for this period.
Rates as at 1st April 2010
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Please make sure you bring the following:
P45 - Payment and Tax details from former employer.
Valid UK Passport.
Driving Licence - Card and Paper elements.
Vaccination details from your GP.
Educational Qualifications - GCSE; A Levels; NVQs etc.
Certificate of Discharge from previous service in the    
Armed Forces. (if applicable)
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Foundation is the first two weeks of recruit training.  The aim is to facilitate 
the transition from civilian to military student as smoothly as possible for 
each new recruit.  During this period you will undergo a medical and dental 
check, interview from your Troop Commander and the Personnel Selection 
Officer, and briefs from the various departments at CTCRM that will affect 
you.  Accommodation is a 60 man room with dedicated washing, drying 
and ironing facilities.  All military clothing and equipment will be issued.  
Instruction is given on bed making, personal hygiene, naming of kit, washing 
and ironing of uniform.  A two day field exercise takes place on Woodbury 
Common.  You will also receive lessons on Physical Training, the SA80 Rifle, 
and Dril .
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Mobile phones can be brought to CTCRM on joining but are only to be used 
in recreational areas, accommodation blocks or in approved outside areas.  
During the working day they should be secured in lockers, and never taken 
on exercise.  For security reasons the use of video phones are not permitted 
whilst carrying out training evolutions.  Certain sensitive areas within CTCRM 
do not al ow the use the use of mobile phones, which will be pointed out on 
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This Recruit Charter details the code of conduct and standards expected of 
you under training.  Adherence to the Charter will support the development 
of a sense of responsibility and self-confidence, whilst also instil ing those 
standards that set you, as a potential Royal Marine Commando, apart from 
the remainder of society.  A wel -developed sense of responsibility will breed 
self-discipline, pride and respect for others, the environment and, not least, 
the Corps as a whole.  Fundamental y, adherence to the Charter will further 
develop our ethos and traditional values, balanced against the expectations 
of modern society, for which we are all responsible.  As a Recruit, you must 
take responsibility for both yourself and for those around you, as application 
of the expected standards is one way of demonstrating your pride in being a 
member of the Royal Marines.
Approach to Training
You are expected to approach training with professionalism, a clear work 
ethic and positive attitude, all combined with a sense of humour;  this will 
assist in the development of Commando Spirit, embodied by:
Unselfishness, Cheerfulness in adversity,
Courage, and Determination.
At all times, you must demonstrate respect towards not only to Training 
Teams and other Trained Ranks, but also for all other Recruits, both on and 
off duty.  This develops camaraderie and the teamwork ethos essential to our 
character as a Corps.  You must however, also demonstrate respect to both 
civilians and other authorities, such as the Police or members of other Armed 
Forces, whenever encountered, both on and off duty.
Marks of Respect
Other than the normal saluting of officers whilst in uniform; when dressed in 
civilian clothes, you are to brace up and acknowledge Officers and Warrant 
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Officers with a ‘Good morning/afternoon/evening, Sir/Ma’am’.  Similarly, you 
should acknowledge Trained Ranks when dressed in uniform, and civilians 
working at CTCRM as ‘Staff’.  On the initial entry of any staff to a room, you 
should stand up.  Such marks of respect not only acknowledge rank, but also 
experience and, importantly, an appreciation for the Green Beret and what it 
a. Your standard of behaviour at all times, and particularly ashore, must be of 
the highest order.  Use of foul language, drunkenness and violent behaviour 
not only portrays you in a poor light, but also damages the hard earned 
professional reputation of the Corps as a whole.  A perception based on the 
behaviour of an individual or group, whether good or bad, reinforces the 
public’s perception of the Royal Marines.  
b. You must possess a sense of responsibility, which should extend to 
ensuring that your comrades also adhere to the expected high standards of 
behaviour.  To that end, you should recognise that you have the legal right to 
defend yourself or your col eagues using minimum force, but any response to 
threat or physical violence must be proportionate and entirely justifiable.  The 
Corps will support you to the hilt if you stay within the law.
Movement about CTCRM
Whilst you are not required to march about camp when in civilian clothes, 
movement is still to be smart; slouching, hands in pockets or other slovenly 
habits are not acceptable.  Whether in uniform or not, paths are to be used 
rather than damaging the grassed areas.  When moving to the gal ey, mugs 
and cutlery are to be carried, not hung from belts.
Your standard of dress reflects pride in your position within the Royal 
Marines and portrays a traditional standard that is part of the Corps ethos:
Ashore:  Dress may be casual, but smart - no ‘hoodies’, ripped/torn jeans, 
offensive T-shirts or sports shirts; although trainers may be worn, these 
are to be of a presentable, clean standard.  A smart top is to be worn, but 
does not necessarily need to have a col ar.  The Duty JNCO will inspect the 
standard of dress prior to being authorised to run ashore.  
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Camp:  Dress about camp should reflect the activity:
a.  Dress in the Gal ey and public areas is to be uniform, or reflective of 
the standard of dress required for running ashore; sports shirts (including 
‘hoodies’) and PT rig are not permitted, unless conducting PT or general 
b.  The body is to be covered when outside of the accommodation, with 
no naked upper body or singlets worn.  
c.  Personnel in ground floor rooms are to ensure that when dressing/
undressing, they cannot be viewed from outside.
Mobile Telephones
Mobile telephones are only to be used within the immediate vicinity of 
accommodation blocks and outside of working hours; telephones are not 
to be used when moving about CTCRM, in the Gal ey queue or Gal ey itself.  
Mobile telephones are not to be used to store obscene or offensive material, 
or any other material that may bring the Corps into disrepute.
MP3 and other Personal Music Systems
MP3 players and other personal music systems are to be used in the 
accommodation and washing facilities only, and not when moving about 
CTCRM.  Music should only be listened to at a reasonable volume, and use 
should not adversely impact upon individuals beyond your room.
Pornographic or Potential y Offensive Material.
You should not openly display such material, whether in photographic or 
multimedia form, especial y when it might be visible through windows.
Any food purchased within the confines of, or brought into, CTCRM is only 
to be consumed within Jim’s Diner, or in the benched areas at the back and 
side of the Unit Shop, the Barbers Square, and the accommodation.  Food 
and drink is not to be consumed at any other location, nor whilst moving 
around the camp.  Any gash is to be disposed of properly and is not, under 
any circumstances, to be dropped about camp or whilst ashore.
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Drugs and Alcohol
The attitude towards drugs in the Royal Marines is zero tolerance.  Much 
as it might be prevalent in your home towns, and maybe even amongst 
some of your friends, you must rise above any peer pressure and have the 
mettle to refuse any temptation that might come your way.  You will end up 
respecting yourself more and earn the possible begrudging respect of those 
that might try to persuade you.  The chal enges and camaraderie that the 
Corps will give you produce a real high. Whilst the consumption of alcohol is 
recognised as part of typical social activity for many, excessive consumption 
can hinder professional and physical performance.  Those under the age of 
18 are not to consume alcohol; those over 18 will have the same limitations 
as applied to trained Royal Marines in an operational environment.  Whilst 
at CTCRM, you should therefore abide by the ‘two-can’ rule whenever there 
is training the fol owing morning.  You are expected to exercise appropriate 
self-discipline and a sense of responsibility, which should also extend to those 
you might be drinking with.
This Charter reflects the attitude required of all ranks, with your time as a 
Recruit being the most important period in which the qualities mentioned 
above develop.  Fostering this approach will undoubtedly assist you in 
completing training, and help you acknowledge responsibility for your own 
and others actions, but should also make you proud of your position within 
the Royal Marines.  This pride should bring with it a genuine desire to raise 
yourselves above the standards of ‘normal’ society, and reflect the tradition 
and ethos that make the Corps, of which you are now a valued part, what it 
is today.
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The Armed Forces Act 2006
A person who joins the Royal Marines, whether as an Officer or as a Marine, 
does not cease to be a citizen.
Whilst Officers and Marines remain subject to the ordinary law of the 
United Kingdom, they are subject to an entirely distinct legal code known as 
“Armed Forces Act 2006”.
Object of the Armed Forces Act 2006
The object of the Armed Forces Act 2006 is two fold:
Firstly, it is to provide for the maintenance of good order and military 
Secondly, it is to regulate certain aspects of administration, mainly those 
which effect individual rights.
Redress of Complaints
If a person subject to military law thinks himself wronged in any matter 
relating to his service he may make a complaint with respect to that matter 
to such officer as may be prescribed.
The procedure for making and dealing with a complaint under this section 
shall be laid down in the Armed Forces Act 2006
If the complaint does not obtain the redress to which he thinks he is entitled, 
he may submit his complaint to the Defence Council in accordance with the 
procedure laid down in the Armed Forces Act 2006.
The Defence Council shall have any complaint submitted to them 
investigated and shall grant any redress which appears to them necessary.    
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Records of Wrongdoing
Many mobile phones can act as recording devices for audio, still photography 
and video.  There have been occasions when mobile phones have been used 
to record wrongdoing.  Whatever the reason for making the record, there 
is a concern that these records damage the reputation of the MoD if they 
are communicated with the media.  Obviously, our concern is to control the 
wrong doing rather than the recording devices.  Our policy is that records 
of wrongdoing should be submitted to the chain of command or RMP, not 
suppressed, retained or passed to the press.  
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The Royal Navy (of which the RM belong) acknowledges that its people are 
the most important factor in delivering operational effectiveness. We value 
the diversity and range of individual skil s and talents our people bring. 
Our ethos is inclusive, it welcomes and appreciates differences in gender, 
race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status and social and 
educational background while accepting the limitations imposed through 
being a deployable fighting force.
The Royal Navy is committed to upholding the right of all personnel to work 
in an environment free from intimidation, humiliation, harassment or abuse. 
Behaviour such as bul ying or harassment is manifestly unfair, undermines 
confidence and reduces morale. There is zero tolerance to bul ying and 
harassment in the Royal Navy. 
Any al egation of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or bul ying will 
be investigated and disciplinary or administrative action taken where there is 
sufficient and reliable evidence. 
There are two avenues of redress open to Service personnel who believe that 
they have been the subject of inappropriate behaviour such as bul ying and 
The first is informal where the person approaches the al eged perpetrator 
directly - either in person, in writing or via a third party. Often this solves 
the problem, as the perpetrator may not be aware that his/her actions are 
causing distress. 
If such an approach is not suitable or its does not succeed, individuals 
can submit a formal complaint to their Commanding Officer under the 
Royal Navy’s laid down complaints procedures. It will then be investigated 
immediately, impartial y and thoroughly, with fairness and sensitivity to all 
parties involved, and both the complainant and the al eged perpetrator will 
be kept informed throughout the process. Assistance can also be provided 
by EO qualified personnel from the Special Investigations Branch. 
Advice and support is available at any stage to both victims and al eged 
perpetrators from many sources. These include the person’s Troop 
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Commander, a chaplain, the Unit Equal Opportunities Adviser, legal advisers, 
the welfare officers or the Confidential Support line.  
All personnel are made aware of the Naval Service’s policy on EO, including 
bul ying and harassment, and the complaints procedure by formal 
instruction from basic training through career and leadership courses up to 
senior managers’ awareness days specifical y focused on EO.
There will be zero tolerance to actions that breach this policy
a.  This policy does not stand alone but is integral to the  
 Armed Forces’ Overarching Personnel Strategy 15 on  
 Diversity, the People Pil ar of the Naval Strategic Plan  
and the Naval Personnel Strategy, and is supported and  
 reinforced by Personnel Functional Standards and Personnel,  
Legal and Administrative General Orders.
b.  All individuals are to be afforded equal opportunites, treated  
fairly and with courteousness, and decisions on recruitment,  
selection, training, promotion and career management are  
to be based solely on merit and objective job-related criteria.  
That said, those in authority, such as Senior Ratings    
and SNCOs, should not defer making well considered and  
necessary but unpopular decisions, or giving reasonable  
orders for fear that they will be chal enged on the    
grounds of harassment or discrimination. Moral courage  
and appropriate strong leadership will always be supported  
by the Command.
c.  Any al egation of discrimination, harassment, bul ying  
 or victimisation will be addressed with thoroughness and  
 impartiality. Complaints will be investigated and disciplinary  
or administrative action taken where appropriate. All this  
is necessary not simply to comply with the law, important as  
that is, but as a fundamental management principle to  
 provide for better performance and motivation, and   
to achieve the teamwork that is vital to our operational  
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Compulsory Drugs Testing
Recreational drugs and other substances obtained il egal y are banned.
All military personnel should be aware that they may be subject to random 
compulsory drugs testing.  A positive test can be expected to result in 
immediate administrative discharge.
The Compulsory Drugs Testing occurs without any prior notice to CTCRM by 
an independent outside agency.
Use of Anabolic Steroids
The use of anabolic steroids without medical prescription is dangerous with 
both long and short term side-effects, including heart disease and liver 
cancer.  There is no scientific evidence that the use of these drugs improves 
physical performance.
Persons subject to military law are forbidden to possess without a valid 
medical prescription, use or supply, either freely or for personal gain, a drug 
known as an anabolic steroid.  Disciplinary action may be taken against any 
rank found guilty of the improper use of anabolic steroids.
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Any person who is arrested or interviewed by the Police is to report the 
fact to their chain of command. Ranks that have to appear in Court will be 
accompanied by an Officer or Warrant Officer. Their role is to explain to the 
authorities the consequences of any punishment the court may award.
If convicted at a Magistrate or Crown Court or received a Formal Police 
Caution, then the individual would appear before the Commanding Officer 
for RCCP Action. The CO can award one or more of the fol owing service 
Discharge (Services No Longer Required)
Discharge Shore
Career Check
Forfeiture of pay and time
Placed on formal warning for discharge

Service Penalties
Service penalties are an administrative penalty based on employment law. It 
is not being punished twice for the same office. 
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Duty of Care over Trainees
The Commando Training Centre Royal Marines takes its ‘Duty of Care’ 
over trainees - the responsibility to look after the emotional and physical 
wel -being - very seriously.  In fact, the government backed Adult Learning 
Inspectorate has held CTCRM up to be one of the best examples they have 
seen.  It is not just your training team who have this responsibility:  Everyone 
on Camp, right up to the Commandant, is dedicated to providing you with 
the best training possible.  
There are a number of areas you can look to for support and it is very 
important that you are aware of them:
Your training team are your first and most likely option.  They will be able 
to help out with most problems and because you will see each other every 
day they will understand exactly where you are in training and what you are 
If you would rather speak to people outside of your training team there are 
also the Welfare staff, Chaplains and Medical staff whose job it is to 
ensure you are being properly cared for.  Each of these teams have people 
who can help you any time of the night or day.  You will be issued with a 
card which gives you contact details for each team.
Final y, If you have a problem and are unsure who to speak to there are 
always duty personnel on hand to help.  There is always, 24 hours a day, 
a duty officer, a duty senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO) and 
duty Commando Training Wing Corporals.  They are there to ensure the 
Camp runs smoothly and can help you find the right person to help you if 
you need them. 
We will never deliberately restrict you from contacting friends and family.  
So when your training timetable al ows and you are near a telephone (there 
are pay phones if you do not have a mobile) you are encouraged to call your 
families and tell them how you are getting on.
Meeting the Standards of your Training. 
Whilst you are going through training there are a number of systems to look 
after anyone who has problems.
Anyone struggling to reach standards in a certain area will be given extra 
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instruction.  This will always be something structured to help people get 
back on track.  If this extra instruction does not remedy the problem 
immediately there is a system of ‘warnings’ which recruits can be placed on.  
These will al ow greater attention to be given to solving the problem.
If a recruit must be withdrawn from mainstream training due to professional 
or physical failure, they are usual y placed in Hunter Company.  The main 
effort of Hunter Company is return a recruit to mainstream training as soon 
as possible, with all the necessary skil s and qualities.
There will always be close supervision when handling any type of weapon.  
This will be particularly important during your first 15 weeks of training.  
Similarly, staff will also always supervise the handling and return of 
ammunition.  If anyone accidental y removes ammunition from a range they 
will not be punished, providing they put it in the ‘amnesty box’ or report it 
immediately to their training team or duty personnel.  
If you feel anything is wrong please raise it with your troop commander or 
another member of your training team.  You should never be subjected to 
any humiliating act against your will during training.
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Urgent Cases
The Medical Centre provides 24 hour medical cover, the duty MA can be 
contacted on Ext 4296 (emergencies) or Ext 4135 (Duty staff) or attend the 
sickbay via the side door out of normal hours.
Medical Centre Telephone Numbers
Reception .................... 4069
PMO ............................. 4120
DPMO .......................... 4141
MO3 .............................4123/4486
WARD .......................... 4205
CPOMA ........................ 4045
POREG ......................... 4206
Hosp. Appts ................  4122
Duty MA ...................... 4135

Fresh Cases
Sick Parade Recruits Mon – Sat 0700, Mon - Fri 1330 - 1400, Sun  0900
The Medical Centre runs an appointment system to see a Medical Officer 
which is every 15 Minutes.  An appointment to see a Medical Officer can 
usual y be arranged within 24-48 hours-urgent cases will be seen that day.
Dental Telephone Numbers
Appointments ............. 4043
Rest Room ................... 4216
Sen. Dental Surg. ........ 4119

Sick on Shore
Patients who are ill on leave, over the weekend or out of area should go to 
their nearest service medical Centre within two miles.  If it is more than two 
miles away you should register as a temporary resident with a GP practice.  
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If you are made unfit to travel ensure you obtain paper work stating this 
fact.  You must then inform the Medical Centre.  Prescription charges for 
medication can be reclaimed from the Medical Centre on production of a 
Medical What If’s ....
What if I have an injury prior to training ?
Get help early- you may go to your own GP, a physiotherapist or if the 
injury is a sudden accident- to the Accident and Emergency Department at 
hospital. Let them know you are going to join the RM- this may alter how 
they manage your case to your advantage. 
Have a full course of treatment until you are ful y fit again- it is no good 
joining your troop only partly cured. 
Keep in touch with your Armed Forces Careers Officer (AFCO) - if the injury 
is cured in 3 months then the AFCO doctor will only require a letter that says 
this from the person treating you. If the injury lasts longer than 3 months 
you may need to have another medical – this will be arranged by at the 
If you think you may not be ful y fit for your joining date- let the AFCO 
know- they will be able to arrange to postpone your entry to CTCRM.
Aim to join the Troop at CTCRM ful y fit and free of injury.
Keep your AFCO informed of any problems- they will be able to contact 
CTCRM for any further advice they need.
Ignore injuries and hope for the best.
Overtrain – fol ow the advice in this handbook.
Use body building supplements.
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What if I am Dyslexic?
Most importantly, having Dyslexia or any other learning difficulty won’t stop 
you from getting your green beret. There are plenty of marines from all ranks 
with various learning difficulties who excel in a variety of fields. In many 
cases, conditions like Dyslexia aren’t difficulties at al .
We try and treat every case individual y and understand that learning 
difficulties can affect a broad range of specific skil s such as memory, 
organisation, confidence, literacy and numeracy. Our approach at Lympstone 
is constructive and practical. All training teams are trained in how to deal 
with learning difficulties and we also have specialist teachers on site who 
have developed specific coping strategies for common training issues. 
Our part of the deal is to support you in every way we can, provide you with 
specialist coaching and understand as much as possible. 
In return all we ask is that,
If you are struggling, ask your training team for help early  
on. Do not wait until the issue has affected other areas of  
training. Some common issues such as poor organisational  
skil s have very simple solutions. 
Although we can offer you coping strategies, it is still up to  
you to practice them every day. Your time here at Lympstone  
is an ideal time to overcome any difficulties you may have  
been having, but it will require your dedication.
We always strongly encourage recruits to let us know if they have, or suspect 
they have a learning difficulty that may affect training. If however, you wish 
to receive advice or support confidential y, the Padre will be able to put you 
in touch with a specialist advisor.
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FCS Engagement
Your contract with the Royal Marines is a flexible career engagement cal ed 
an FCS.  Fundamental y this will give you employment until at least the age 
of 40.  If you have served for 18 years at this point you will be eligible for 
early departure payments on a monthly basis until aged 55.  
Many Royal Marines do not serve the full engagement.  Anyone completing 
training has a statutory right to apply for discharge by giving a 12 month 
notice to leave after a period of 2 ½ years from the date of their initial 
training period. In effect this results in an initial contract of approximately 4 
28 Day Initial Service
Once you have attested (day one of training) you will be required to serve 
a minimum of 28 days at CTCRM.  This period is due to the administration 
involved in returning you to your home address, stopping your new pay 
account, informing the relevant authorities and returning all the new kit and 
equipment you will have been issued.  In extreme circumstances this may be 
reduced by a few days.
Opt Out Period
During the first 6 months from the date of attestation it is possible to “opt 
out” of training at any time, once the first 28 days have been served.  Your 
right to discharge or “opt out” will require a formal application and it will 
take a further period of no more than 14 days from exercising your right to 
discharge before you are able to leave CTCRM.
Anyone who has “opted out” of Royal Marines training and decides to rejoin 
loses his right to discharge and cannot “opt out” for a second time.  Anyone 
in this situation must complete their initial open engagement contract.  
All cases of opting out or discharges are dealt with on an individual basis and 
often other issues require to be considered.
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Although driven by the same aim, every man that embarks upon training 
to become a Royal Marines Commando is different and, therefore, all 
respond to training in different ways.  A number of recruits develop either 
a perception that they are unable to cope with the demands of training or 
experience actual difficulty in coping.  It is, therefore, common for a recruit 
to experience difficulty at some stage during training; you have, after al , 
been selected to undertake an extremely arduous course.  As a result, there 
are a number of methods available to assist those that find themselves 
unable to cope with the rigours of training, for whatever reason.
Unfortunately, not all are able to cope and a number wil , inevitably, not 
complete training either through their own choice or because of a failure 
to meet the required standard.  However, where it is considered that a man 
demonstrates the required determination and possesses the potential to 
succeed, every effort, within certain limitations, will be made to provide the 
support and, if necessary, extra training to enable success.
Where an individual recruit feels he is unable to cope with training, there 
are a range of options available to him.  Firstly, any recruit should not be 
afraid of discussing concerns with his Training Team, particularly the Section 
Corporal.  However, it is recognised that a recruit would often prefer to 
discuss a problem with somebody from outside of the Training Team.  
Therefore, the Chaplain and Welfare staff are always available to provide 
support and guidance.  However, do not underestimate the support that 
may be provided from your own family and friends; your family and friends 
can be surprisingly supportive of your efforts to become a Royal Marine.  
Whatever you may perceive to be the problem, it is very likely that the 
Training Team, Chaplaincy and Welfare staff will have dealt with somebody 
in a similar situation before; you are unlikely to be alone in your experience.
Nevertheless, should you decide that training real y is beyond your capability, 
or you simply decide that life with the Royal Marines is not for you, there 
is an option to leave during training; the time in which you are able to do 
so is the Opt-Out period.  A recruit has no right to Opt-Out during the first 
28 days of service.  This is for very sound reasons, as it is during the first 
weeks that you will be coming to terms with a new and, possibly, unsettling 
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environment, in making the initial transition from civilian to military life.  This 
is very much a settling period and many recruits’ initial concerns and doubts 
disappear after these first few weeks.  Your right to Opt-Out, therefore, 
begins after 28 days and extends to the point at which you have completed 
6 months service.  Should you express a desire to Opt-Out, you will be 
counsel ed in order to ensure you are making an informed decision.  Your 
right to opt out will cease on completion of 6-months service.
Where a recruit is unable to cope with training and there is an identified area 
of weakness or difficulty, a number of support options exist.  When assessed 
as appropriate, remedial training may be provided in order to address an 
identified weakness, from either, or a combination of:
a.  Training Team – provision of extra tuition during spare  
time, from within the Troop Training Team.
b.  Coaching Advisory Team – provision of one-to-one  
 assistance, in order to improve an individual’s skil s or  
 ability to cope.
c.  Learning Skills Team – provision of individual educational  
assistance or coping strategies for those with Dyslexia or  
Dyspraxia, or other identified learning difficulty.
In some circumstances where a recruit is unable to cope with the 
professional or physical demands of training, he may be moved from his 
current Troop.  In such instances, the intent is to provide either remedial 
training or to provide time to consolidate on that already taught in order that 
the individual recruit is ready in all respects to progress to the next stage 
of training.  A recruit may be moved between Troops in order to re-visit 
elements of training, thereby consolidating on those areas already taught or 
the recruit may be moved to Hunter Company where it is possible to provide 
physical and professional remedial training, as well as medical rehabilitation.  
Whichever method is used, the aim is always to provide the required amount 
of training, balanced against the appropriate period of time, to prepare the 
individual to face the next stage of training.  Such decisions are not taken 
lightly, and a procedure will have been fol owed where the individual will 
have been notified of the areas to be addressed and provided with a period 
of time in which to make the necessary improvements, before action is taken 
to remove an individual from his Troop.
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Such moves can come as a blow to a man focused on completing training; 
however, it is important that, if this happens, you maintain a sense of 
perspective.  We all assimilate training at different rates and all have varying 
strengths and weaknesses.  Common sense dictates, therefore, that some 
people will require greater time than others in order to successful y complete 
training.  This is expected and is the very reason that systems are in place 
to address those training needs.  That said, every recruit must recognise 
their own strengths and weaknesses and be determined to overcome the 
chal enges presented by Royal Marines’ training.
In summary, training is arduous with exacting physical and professional 
standards to be achieved.  The selection process, therefore, is rigorous, 
but the fact that you have been selected to commence training to become 
a Royal Marine Commando is recognition of your potential to succeed.  
Your Training Team will set the conditions for that success and will aim to 
maximise your potential with the training provided.  However, ultimate 
success relies entirely on the determination and professionalism of the 
individual.  Inevitably, some will not cope with all or elements of training.  Of 
this group, there will be some for whom it is best to leave training, whilst 
a larger number will simply require additional time, remedial training or 
learning support in order to progress through training.  If you should find 
yourself unable to cope, have the confidence to seek assistance or recognise 
that actions taken to address identified difficulties are an investment in 
you as an individual in order to best prepare you for progression to the 
next stage of training.  Ultimately, however, success requires you as an 
individual to be honest about your capabilities, acknowledge your strengths 
and weaknesses and to demonstrate the enthusiasm and determination to 
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Welfare Setup
Royal Marines Welfare exists to support the Royal Marines, its personnel 
and their families in peacetime and war by helping to prevent or reduce the 
effects of personal difficulties, especial y those which arise as a result of 
service life, in order to optimise the military capability of the serviceman or 
woman. The service provided includes information and assistance on a broad 
range of welfare related subjects which is available to individuals, couples or 
families and may include matters involving the fol owing:
Relationship problems, Debt advice, Service issues , Next of Kin support, 
Childcare issues, Physical il ness, Compassionate leave, Environmental Factors
The list is not exhaustive, a quick call will confirm if assistance can be 
CTCRM Welfare
Here at CTCRM we have a unique welfare team comprising of a Welfare 
Officer – WO2 Pete Hawley and a Civilian Social Worker – Sue Ashby. 
Between them they can cover the full plethora of welfare problems, which 
the recruits serving at CTCRM and their families may encounter. Furthermore 
they are able to refer onto civilian or statutory agencies if requested to do 
so. This service is confidential and adheres to best socialwork practices. 
Although you may contact the Welfare Officer or Social Worker direct on Ext 
4049/4065 you may find it more useful to talk things over with your Troop 
Officer or Troop Sergeant first.
In addition to the Welfare Team we have the Chaplaincy who Recruits should 
feel free to visit for a sympathetic ear.
There is a Welfare Officer on call 24 hours a day. In real emergencies during 
the working day the Welfare Worker can be contacted by pager via the 
guardroom at CTCRM on 01392 414159/414038.  Out of working hours 
the duty Welfare Worker can be contacted via Royal Marines Stonehouse 
Barracks Plymouth on 01752 836395//8636906/8636186 or 863607 

The RAS - Recruits Advice and Support
The RAS is an initiative aimed at supporting and advising recruits during 
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training. It is basical y a listening ear where trainees can come to talk about 
personal problems or things, which may be worrying them. In addition to 
normal working hours 0800-1630hrs the welfare office is open during the 
lunchtime break 1240-1340hrs Mon-Fri and Tuesday/Thursday evenings 
1630-2000hrs. We are situated in the square opposite the barbers shop. 
Contact Numbers:
Welfare Officer,  
Sue Ashby - 01392 414065
Welfare Officer, 
   Pete Hawley - 01392 414049
These three questions are common issues that are constantly discussed 
during the RAS sessions. In addition to this the Welfare brief to all Recruits 
on day 4 are general y discussed along with other scenarios that crop up 
during training.
Getting Homesick
My Girlfriend has become pregnant
My parents are not sure that I should be joining the RM
These are covered overleaf; the service provides information and assistance 
on a range of related subject’s, Environmental Factors, Relationship Problems 
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‘I have a Personal Issue that I have to deal with’
This can cover a variety of situations and there are a number of different 
options available to find a resolution.  The Course of Action (COA) will be 
dictated by the issue itself.
The first thing you must do is talk to someone about it. There are a number 
of different personalities available to you for this: 
1.  Your Troop Commander or Troop Sergeant.
2.  Your Company Sergeant Major or Company Commander.
3.  The Welfare team.
4.  The Chaplaincy team (Chaplains and support workers)  

based in the Church.
5.  The Recruits Advice and Support (RAS).
All of these people will listen to you, and if anything needs to be taken 
further, they will work out a COA with you. There will be a number of factors 
that will have an impact on that COA; some examples are detailed in the 
table below:
Impact on You
I need time away 
A weekend* off can be  Little impact on training 
from CTC to resolve 
arranged dependant 
unless your Troop are 
a problem
on the circumstances
deployed on a major 
To resolve the 
In exceptional 
You may be 
problem, I need time  circumstances this 
back-trooped if you 
off in the week
may be granted
miss a vital part of 
training whilst away
The problem is 
Your training team will  Where possible you will 
having a detrimental  need to be aware of 
remain with your Troop. 
impact on my 
this so they can help 
If you fall too far behind 
progress through 
you work with it. If 
you will be placed in 
appropriate, the 
Hunter Company or 
Instructor Development  back-trooped to an 
Team (IDT)** can work  appropriate stage of 
with you to help you 
training, for re-training

From secure on Sat to 2200 Sun when working Sat morning.
**  The IDT are a team of specially trained instructors who can give targeted  
one-to-one coaching to Recruits who are encountering difficulties in training.
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Royal Marine Officer Badges of Rank
Major - General
Lieutenant - Colonel
2nd Lieutenant
Royal Marine Other Rank Badges
Colour Sergeant
(for blue dress)
(for lovat dress)
Lance Corporal
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Training Development
Recruit Training
Public Service Apprenticeship
SQ/TQ Level 3 Training
Specialist and Technical 
where appropriate
Junior Command Course
CMI Level 2 Dip in Team Leading
CMI Level 3 Cert in First line Man
Specialist and Technical 
SQ/TQ Level 2 Training
Promotion to Corporal
Career Advancement
CMI Level 3 Dip First line Man
Senior Command Course
CMI Level 5 Cert in Man & Lead
Specialist and Technical 
SQ/TQ Level 1 Training
Promotion to Sergeant
Career Advancement
Promotion to Colour
Career Advancement City & 
Guilds Senior Awards
Advanced Command 
CMI Level 5 Dip in Man & 
Institute of Administrative 
Promotion to WO2
IAM Diploma in Man Practice
Promotion to WO1
There are some opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to be selected for 
officer training as Corps Commission candidates (up to age 26) or as Senior Corps 
Commission candidates (under 46 on the day of the month in which officer training 
It’s ALL about LIFELONG Learning
ILM: Institute of Leadership & Management
CMI: Chartered Management Institute

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Through the Lifelong Learning programme, everybody within the United 
Kingdom is being encouraged to learn throughout their lives. Learning is as 
much to do with personal satisfaction and developing interests and hobbies 
as with improving employment prospects. This ethos is very much a part of 
life within the Royal Marines.
Lifelong Learning
This is an integral part of any career. Along your career pathway within the 
Royal Marines you are able to gain recognised civilian national qualifications, 
awards and diplomas. These civilian national qualifications may range from 
a Diploma in Public Services to Leadership and Management qualifications, 
teaching and university degrees and are so designed as to assist your 
progress throughout your military career and your future transition back to 
civilian life.
Public Service Apprenticeship in the Royal Marines
The vast majority of recruit training is a mixture of tasks – orientated 
to training and personal development. This provides the structure for a 
national y recognised vocational qualification which you will achieve during 
your training between weeks 9 and 24.
The Apprenticeship is a combination of the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services 
and Key Skil s.
Key Skills 
These are the basic elements of knowledge that individuals require to get 
on in today’s world. They are an important part of learning and provide the 
basis to the academic levels required to further your career. 
Service personnel continual y develop throughout their career. Personal 
development is encouraged through the introduction of personal 
development records and funding.
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Employment Responsibilities and Rights - ERR 
You will need to learn about the organisation for which you work, the 
Royal Marines. In order to enable you to become an effective Royal Marine, 
you will need to understand your responsibilities within the Corps and the 
responsibilities of the people who work with you. You will also need to know 
about other vital information such as Health and Safety, Data Protection, 
Equal Opportunities and Discrimination.
Accommodation is available to stay in the local area.  Both Exmouth and 
Exeter are situated approximately 4-5 miles from CTCRM.  Prior to Families 
Day (week 3) and King’s Squad Passout (week 32), invitations will be sent to 
families, which will include a comprehensive list of both B & B’s and hotels 
situated close by. Early bookings are recommended, especial y in the summer 
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Commando training Centre Royal Marines is situated on the banks of the Exe 
estuary 4 miles from the beach town of Exmouth and 8 miles from the Cathedral 
City of Exeter to which there are excel ent public transport connections.  It is a 
5-10 minute drive from Junction 30 of the M5 via the A376.
CTCRM does not have the capacity for all trainees to keep personal transport 
within the camp confines.  In addition local parking is extremely limited and 
could cause congestion to hazardous narrow roads.
There are several taxi operators local y, most of which provide 24 hour service.  
Taxi drivers are not permitted to enter Camp, pick up and drop off is authorised 
from the main gate to the centre.
There is a regular bus service to Exeter with a bus stop situated at the Main gate 
entrance to the Centre.
There is a regular Train service to Exeter with a Station platform situated at the 
rear gate entrance to the Centre.  Train timetables change from season to season 
but general y there is a train every 30 minutes until approximately 2300 hours.  
Service rail passes are available to all recruits on enlistment which will entitle 
the holder to a discount on all fares.  There is a small charge levied by the Rail 
operators for this service.
Exeter has a small international airport which is accessible by all forms of 
transport excluding rail.  Flybe are the primary operators for National flights, 
schedules and prices can be found on the internet at  There 
is a greater provision of flights from Bristol Airport which is accessible via public 
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