Question: British Army Commandos?
I wish to join the Army soon and apply to go to Sandhurst to become an officer after I finish University. After if my application and the course is successful I really want to try and become a Commando, I have been doing some research on the Commandos and I have visited www.army.mod.uk so I understand the physical needs however I struggled to find any information on how many attempts can you have at applying to become a Commando, is it like the SAS where it is only 2 and that's it?
To everyone whos going to say commandos are in the navy not the army etc YOUR WRONG
in the British army there is
24 commando engineer regiment
29 commando gunners
these are Army units in support of marines
You can train to be a commando in the Army if you want to be commando gunner, engineer you undertake the commando course at Lympstone and if you pass you wear the green beret of the royal marines, however as a officer you are expected to pass first time (unless you break a leg or somthing)your career could suffer if you fail.The course is hard and its just not a physical challenge its a mental test too.
The Royal Marines Commando belong to the Navy, not the Army.
If you fail any testing you will be backtrooped and re-tested until you attain the required standard. If you continuously fail and your staff determine you aren't motivated, you will be SNLR'd (Service No Longer Required) and discharged. If you are failing due to a medical condition you will undergo rehabilitation under deemed suitable for service, or will receive a medical discharge due to the severity of your condition.
There's no hard rules for how many times you can fail a test before coming under scrutiny. Some guys fail the 30-miler two or three times before they actually pass it (best advised to pass the first time around, backtrooping is to be avoided at all costs. Everyone will think you're a mong.)
All the Army Commando Units were disbanded after WW2. Only the Royal Marines have Commando Units now. Apart from Special Forces selection training, The Royal Marine Commando Course is probably the Toughest Training Course in the entire Military and is 32 weeks long.Training to become a Royal Marine Commando Officer is even tougher.
Not only do you have to be extremely Physically fit, but mentally very tough.
As an alternative, you can join a Regular Army Regiment, and then take the All Arms Commando Course which is 9 weeks long, and is open to members of all Branches of the Armed Forces.
On the Royal Marine Commando Course, depending on the difficulty of the Training Exercise, if you fail an easier exercise, you'll probably get kicked Straight off the course. if you fail more difficult exercises you might get 1 re-run or you might get Back trooped, which is where you have to do a large chunk of your training all over again.
Obviously if you fail on re-runs or fail when you get Back trooped, you will get kicked off the Course.
If you don't want to join the Royal Marines, and you want to join the Army Instead. The Nearest Army Equivalent to the Royal Marine Commandos, would probably be the Parachute Regiment.