Four more members of Royal Marines Reserve Bristol have joined the elite band of commandos entitled to wear the Green Beret.
RMR Bristol currently has 17 Reservists mobilised alongside the Regular corps on a range of general and specialist duties in the UK and overseas.
The four new Green Berets, who will continue to maintain and develop their skills to the standards required of a high-readiness elite commando group, are:
- Marine Lee Webber, employed in a data shredding company in Bristol
- Marine Johnny Colman, a plant nutritionist from Bristol
- Marine Sam Pearson, an oceanography student from Dartmouth (Plymouth Detachment)
- Marine Oliver Harding-Rolls, an agronomist from Sherborne, (Poole Detachment)
Drawn from detachments across the South West, they undertook a gruelling fortnight of tests which took in a field exercise, plus a nine-mile speed march inside 90 minutes, a six-mile endurance course through rough terrain, including tunnels and an underwater culvert, and a ‘Tarzan’ assault course in full kit.
To finally qualify as Royal Marine Commandos they then had just eight hours to complete a 30-mile yomp across Dartmoor from Okehampton Camp, carrying a weapon and 30lbs of kit. A fifth member of the Troop was withdrawn but he will get a second chance to attempt it.
RMR Bristol, which includes detachments at Bristol, Poole, Plymouth, Cardiff and Lympstone, near Exeter, operates in support of 3 Commando Brigade and the regular Royal Marines units, providing General Duties Marines and niche specialists to work alongside their regular counterparts.
Training opportunities this year include a two-week exercise in Cyprus, including live-firing, in September-October and with their regular counterparts in California later in the year. Members of RMR Bristol have already been involved in cold weather warfare training In Norway earlier this year.
RMR Bristol organises one intake of recruits every year in April, aged 16-32, they undergo 14 months of demanding training before they get the chance to claim their Green Beret as fully-fledged commandos.
For more information about joining the Royal Marines Reserve in the South West, find RMR Bristol HQ on Facebook or call 0117 973 3523 Ext 2008.