February 19th 2015


An Assistant Building Surveyor from Derbyshire has completed one of the toughest armed forces training courses in the world to become a Royal Marines Commando, while completing his degree at Nottingham Trent University.

Marine Greatorex, aged 26, was awarded the Green Beret by Captain Martin Quinn RNR at Dartmoor on 21 January, among 26 other new recruits.

The presentation of the Green Beret marked the culmination of 16 months of gruelling training and confirmed Marine Greatorex as a Royal Marines Commando Reservist.

Marine Greatorex spent two weeks in January at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone, the home of Royal Marine training.  During the first week he spent time in the field, proving his roping and abseiling skills as well as conducting section attacks in driving rain, snow and wind chill temperatures of -8.

The second week consisted of the final tests he needed to pass including the Tarzan Assault Course, 9 Mile Speed March, the famous Endurance Course and the 30 Miler, which has to be completed in 8 hours.

Marine Greatorex joined the Nottingham Detachment of the Royal Marines (RMR Nottingham) in July 2014 after transferring from RMR London which he first joined back in October 2013.  Since then he has attended weekly training nights as well as weekend exercises all over the United Kingdom.

Greatorex said: “The Royal Marines have always been an inspiration for me. Joining the Reserves is a massive commitment and I am honoured to be a member. The ‘brotherhood’ in the corps is recognised from day one.

“I’ve met some amazing individuals with various backgrounds and formed very strong friendships. Alongside my career, I’m able to take part in exercises and events all over the UK and overseas. You can have the best of both worlds, both in your civilian life and with the corps.

“Up to this point, I’ve been to multiple training areas in the UK.  I’ve taken part in the amphibious assault exercises at Bournemouth Air show; Modern Urban Combat training at Longmoor Camp; Tactical exercises in Leak and much, much more.

“The training has been rewarding, exciting and challenging. It can become tough, but that’s when the Royal Marine ‘State of Mind’ comes into play.

“A lot of the skills I have learnt in training will benefit me not only in my civilian career, but also in my day-to-day life”.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Dowd, his Commanding Officer, said: “To be a Royal Marine Commando takes 100% commitment and a strong state of mind – firstly, just to get through the course, but then as a trained Commando to be ready to tackle any challenge, anywhere in the world.

“If you have a full time day-job, and you’re joining the Royal Marines Reserve, the standards, commitment and mental preparation is no different to the full time regulars.  So recruits like Marine Greatorex who have been awarded their Green Beret should feel rightly proud of what they have achieved.

“The RMR is one of the most active Reserves in the country, ready to be deployed with the regular marines anywhere in the world.  It is also among the toughest armed services Reserve roles in the world, and Marine Greatorex has now become one of only about 600 people in the country who is a trained Royal Marines Commando Reservist.”

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