Commando Training Centre Royal Marines

Commando Training Centre Royal Marines is the principal military training centre for the Royal Marines. It is situated near the villages of Lympstone and Exton, between the city of Exeter, and the town of Exmouth in Devon. The centre delivers new entry training to recruits.


The site was established in 1940 as the "Royal Marines Depot Exton" and was renamed the "Royal Marines Depot Lympstone" later in the Second World War. In February 1960 the Commando School Royal Marines, which had been based at Bickleigh Barracks, moved to the site. The site was renamed the "Commando Training Centre Royal Marines" in 1972.


CTCRM is under the full command of Fleet Commander and responsible for providing commando trained officers and other ranks for the front line. CTCRM is overseen by the Commandant CTCRM, a colonel, Royal Marines. CTCRM is structured with three training wings each with its own commanding officer.


Candidates who wish to become Other Ranks are required to attend the Potential Royal Marine Course, held at CTCRM, in addition to undergoing academic, medical and interview assessments for candidates to the British armed forces. PRMC lasts four days and assesses the candidate's physical ability and intellectual capacity to undertake the recruit training. New entry training for Royal Marines other ranks is undertaken at CTCRM, at Dartmoor, and at Woodbury Common, Devon, and is conducted over thirty-two weeks. Candidates who pass the commando course receive the award of the green beret, the distinguishing mark of a commando.
Those who wish to become Royal Marine Officers must pass the Potential Officers Course. This is a four day course that assesses physical and academic ability and is very similar to the PRMC. Those who pass this and then perform well at the Admiralty Interview Board will be given a place on the Young Officer Training course. This course lasts 15 months, of which 34 weeks are spent at CTC Lympstone and the remainder at Britania Royal Naval College, in the United States with the USMC, and on the West Coast of Scotland.

Lympstone Commando

CTCRM is served by Lympstone Commando railway station on the "Avocet Line".


CTCRM is the home of Lympstone Division Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps which is open to boys and girls aged 9 to 16 from the local south east Devon area.