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Common Time 2019

Royal Marines

The Royal Marine Section
Marines in a Field
Marines training

The Royal Marine section at Winchester is organised into two troops, with three sections of eight in the senior troop and three or four junior (recruit year) sections in the junior troop. Two adult officers compile the training programme and oversee training sessions. The older cadets act as Junior and Senior NCOs.  

Junior Cadets  

The recruit year, which is compulsory at Winchester, offers the cadets an opportunity to develop useful life skills, such as personal organisation, self-discipline, and teamwork. The junior Marine cadets will cover all basic military skills for example turnout, drill, fitness work and field craft - a term used to describe training in Military tactics. In the third term a cadet is given a brief test on Royal Marine history and if successful is awarded his Marine Beret, Cap- Badge. After this he is given the opportunity to leave the corps and engage in community service or to continue.   

Senior Cadets   

Cadets who stay on, carry out more training to ensure that newly learned skills are up to scratch. They will also cover numerous other subjects including, leadership, advanced map reading and camp craft. They may also attempt more adventurous training such as scuba diving and parachuting. Training will continue to become more challenging and able cadets may be promoted to become a section commander.  

Section commander  

Section commanders will be expected to instruct various lessons, take responsibility for presentation guards and lead sections of trained cadets on exercises etc. This position demands good leadership skills combined with a high degree of initiative and self-reliance. One outstanding cadet will be chosen as Head of Marines. This is a school appointment and is considered to be a demanding, prestigious position.  

Other Events  

Other events in which Royal Marine cadets may take part include the annual inter-detachment competition "The Marine Cadet Trophy Competition" held at the Commando Training Centre Lympstone and the Royal Marine annual training camp based at Garelochhead in Scotland.