The All Arms Commando Course
A brief insight into today's All Arms Commando Course.
12 weeks (including 4 weeks preparatory course)
Location : Commando Training Centre Royal Marines
Pre Commando Course (PCC)
With sponsor units 29 Cdo RA, 24 Cdo RE,
AIM OF COURSE
To prepare Navy, Army or Air Force personnel for service with 3 Cdo Bde RM
by developing the temperament, mental resolve, physical robustness and core
military skills necessary in the demanding environment of expeditionary and
Field craft & tactics
First Aid, health & hygiene
Map reading & navigation
Organisation & role of Commando forces
Skill at Arms with troop weapons
Physical ﬁ tness
Pass Royal Marines Battle Fitness Test (BFT) on joining course
Pass Combat Fitness Test (CFT) within 1 month of joining course
Swim 60 metres in clothing, tread water for 3 minutes, having entered water from 3 metres
Climb 30ft (9.2m) rope whilst wearing equipment weighing 6.8kg on joining course
Pass Weapons Handling Tests on personal weapon to a skilled standard on joining course
Twelve miles (19km) load carry (with equipment weighing 31.3kg and
personal weapon) at night as a formed body within the time limit of 4 hours
Tarzan / Assault course in 13 minutes with equipment weighing 9.6kg and
carrying personal weapon
Six mile Endurance Course in 73 minutes with equipment weighing 9.6kg
and carrying personal weapon
Nine mile speed march in 90 minutes as a formed body with equipment
weighing 9.6kg and carrying personal weapon
Final exercise testing basic military tactics (m ap reading, amphibious skills,
endurance and stamina)
March 30 miles in 8 hours with equipment weighing 9.6kg and carrying
personal weapon and safety stores on a given Dartmoor route as a syndicate
Emphasis is on ﬁtness & stamina. All students must be physically prepared on arrival. The 4 week Preparation Course run by one of the 2 sponsor units takes place at Oakhampton Battle Camp or RMB Chivenor immediately precedes the AACC and
provides for the essential preparation including weapons familiarisation.
Source & Photos: CVA/Royal Navy/MOD image gallery.
Photographers LAPhot Ben Sheard and WO2 Richard White
Read about the origins of the green beret here: History of the Commando Green Beret
Information on specific units including a Post WW2 Roll of Honour can be found here Post WW2 Commando units
There is also a 3 day 'Potential Royal Marines Course', or PRMC at Lympstone designed to test whether you have the right potential. Watch the video below.
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