A Retford student has successfully passed his Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) basic training whilst juggling his A-Level course work.
Marine James Hudson, who is currently studying PE, psychology and IT at the Retford Post-16 Centre, decided to join the RMR to gain both soldiering and life experience in preparation for a full time military career after he completes his studies.
James completed the Reserve Forces Commando Course (RFCC) and was awarded the Green Beret in January this year.
He explained that the training is designed to push individuals out of their comfort zone physically and mentally.
James said: “The training took 16 months to complete and my family have been very supportive throughout.”
“Without the lifts to and from training from my parents there would have been no way I could have completed the entire programme successfully.
“Although I have no family in the military, I have a few friends who joined the Royal Marines which got me interested in the RMR.”
As a Reservist, training is completed mainly on weekends .
“The phase one training involved 11 field weekends and one other, at the end of which we were assessed on the skills we had developed by a professional training team over two weeks,” continued James.
“Phase two involved 14 field weekends and another two week assessment, know as the RFCC, at Lympstone in Devon.
This included practice runs of the commando tests, a five night final exercise and the tests themselves.
“The Commando tests are completed carrying 21lb of webbing and a 10lb rifle.”
“The four events were a six-mile endurance course which covers a cross-country tunnels section and a run back to camp.
“There was a nine-mile speed march, the tarzan assault course and a 30-mile route march across Dartmoor carrying around 40lb of kit which is to be completed in eight hours.
“After successfully completing the tests, those of us that had passed were presented our green berets by the Brigadier of 3 Commando Brigade, a day I will not forget.”
Passing the Commando Course is a huge achievement and can only be done through hard work and dedication.
In preparation for James’ phase one and two training he trained around three times a week with an emphasis on his physical fitness, cardio-vascular and muscular endurance.