Commando Training Centres

1940 - 1946


Early Training Centres

Follow this link for early training including CTC Inveraray and STC Lochailort.

View Training Courses allocated at CTC Inveraray

Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC)

Follow this link for the Commando Basic Training Centre.
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Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre (CMWTC)

​Follow this link for Cliff Assaults.
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RN Commando Training Centre

Centre for the formation and training of RN Commandos from 1942 until 1945. Based at the War Office requisitioned Glenfinart House Ardentinny, close to Loch Long, and designated from October 1942 as HMS Armadillo.
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Advanced Handling and Fieldcraft School at Llanberis, Caernarfonshire

This arduous course was for junior Officers and senior NCO's.  One of the Rifle Instructor's there was Tasker Watkins,  who was later awarded the Victoria Cross serving with the Welch Regiment after D Day. The course culminated in a section race over Mount Snowdon. Many Commandos attended this course whilst based at the Holding Operational Commando at Wrexham awaiting operational posting.

Combined Operations Training Centres

This link takes you to a comprehensive list of Combined Operations Training Centres.

1946 to present day

In 1946 all the Army Commando units were disbanded and the Commando role was taken over by the Royal Marines. Additionally five of the eight RM Commando Units that were in existence were disbanded. The remaining three units were redesignated as 40 Commando RM, 42 Commando RM, and 45 Commando RM, and were grouped together to form the new 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. The Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry closed.

Infantry Training Centre, Lympstone (ITCRM)

The base for the initial training for all Royal Marines. Not all Royal Marines received Commando training at this time.

Commando School

Those Royal Marines selected for specialised Commando training attended the Commando School initially located at Towyn in Wales, then relocated in 1947 to Bickleigh in Plymouth. In 1954 it was moved to the ITC Lympstone.

Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM)

In the early 70's it was decided that all Royal Marines should be Commando trained. Commando training was centralised at Lympstone and the ITCRM was re-designated as the CTCRM.

This is now the base for the All Arms Commando Course for Royal Marines and Army Commando units such as 29 Commando RA which were formed again in the 1960's.

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