38 Facts About Royal Marines

1. The Royal Marines have an amazing history of achievement and pride themselves on being the elite of all the Armed Forces.

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2. Royal Marines will assess you against a broad range of criteria.

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3. Royal Marines are closely aligned because they are identical or interchangeable, is incorrect, said Sutherland.

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4. Unlike the liaisons, the exchange Royal Marines are placed within the USMC chain of command and report to the commander of the unit they are attached to—fully integrated into the Marine Corps—and the same goes for their US counterparts who fill exchange slots in the UK.

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5. Royal Marines were formed as part of the Naval Service in 1755.

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6. The Royal Marines is the second largest force of its type in NATO, second only to the United States Marine Corps which numbers over 200,000 personnel.

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7. The Royal Marines have one of the longest basic infantry training courses in the world.

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8. Royal Marines United Facebook page and associated Google Drives have been taken off-line and an investigation is underway.

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9. Royal Marines officers lead teams of commandos in combat situations, at sea or on shore.

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10. Royal Marines fought on land, notably in the amphibious assault at Gallipoli in 1915, together with ANZAC forces, and led the famous assault on the harbour at Zeebrugge in 1918.

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11. Royal Marines were aboard the first ships to arrive in Australia in 1788.

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12. Royal Marines have a long history, beginning as ship-borne troops, evolving into Commandos during World War 2, to the elite fighting force of today.

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13. Royal Marines are the amphibious commando force of the Royal Navy.

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14. In 1942, men from the Royal Marines joined and recruits were drawn from the British Police Force.

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15. The Royal Marines had a proud history even before the outbreak of World War Two.

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16. Royal Marines are often called jarheads because of their high-and-tight haircuts.

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17. The Royal Marines have won four out of five Warrior Games competitions.

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18. Royal Marines regularly train with international counterparts from more than 15 different nations.

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19. Royal Marines successfully stormed a British weapons cache in the Bahamas.

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20. Royal Marines often pin their next promotable rank onto their uniforms as motivation.

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21. The Royal Marines took part in the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918.

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22. Royal Marines is one of the most capable submarines in the world.

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23. Unlike the army, Royal Marines were eligible for shares of prize money.

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24. Royal Marines usually fought in companies but were drilled in battalion strength formations as well.

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25. Royal Marines pioneered amphibious landings and were often used by the Royal Navy as a sort of rapid reaction force for the British Empire.

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26. Royal Marines are red coated ciphers who exist chiefly to die quickly, much like the Red Shirts in the original Star Trek television series.

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27. Royal Marines have close links with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, with whom they conduct NATO exercises throughout the year.

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28. The Royal Marines will be able to deploy a specialist Maritime Operations Commando from the three combat units as part of the Commando Forces 2030 strategy.

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29. The Royal Marines are the only European marine force capable of conducting amphibious operations at brigade level.

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30. Royal Marines are part of the Naval Service and under the full command of Fleet Commander.

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31. The Royal Marines formed one Commando which served at Dieppe.

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32. Royal Marines served in Malaya and in Singapore, where due to losses they were joined with remnants of the 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the "Plymouth Argylls".

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33. The Royal Marines formed the Royal Marine Division as an amphibiously trained division, parts of which served at Dakar and in the capture of Madagascar.

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34. Royal Marines took part in the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918.

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35. The Royal Marines were the last to leave Gallipoli, replacing both British and French troops in a neatly planned and executed withdrawal from the beaches.

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36. Today, the Royal Marines are an elite fighting force within the British Armed forces, having undergone many substantial changes over time.

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37. The Royal Marines have close international ties with allied marine forces, particularly the United States Marine Corps and the Netherlands Marine Corps.

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38. The Royal Marines were formed in 1755 as the Royal Navy's infantry troops.

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