Royal Marines Cadets

If you're looking for a real challenge, this could be for you....


Part of the Sea Cadets family, Royal Marines Cadets enjoy all the exciting activities on water that Sea Cadets do, as well as branching off into serious adventure training too. Specialising in orienteering, field craft and weapons handling is what makes Royal Marines Cadets unique and you can join from the age of 13 to 18.


Before I joined the Royal Marines Cadets, I was a quiet and not very confident person. But over the years, I went up through the ranks, and became the first female in Scotland to be a Cadet Sergeant and the first female Section Commander in the Gibraltar Cup. I still lack a little self-confidence, but I know the only opinions that matter are those of my detachment; no matter what happens, we will always be a team.

Cadet Sergeant Amy

Test yourself

As you hone your skills, you can compete at the Gibraltar Cup at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Devon, testing yourself on the famous assault course. It’s an incredible and unforgettable experience.

Across the UK

There are 127 Royal Marines Cadets Detachments within Sea Cadets units across the UK, all led by the Captain Sea Cadets, a serving Royal Navy Captain. The Captain Sea Cadets is supported by our Staff Royal Marines Officer, a serving Colour Sergeant in the Royal Marines, both are on secondment from the Royal Navy to Sea Cadets.


While you're doing this

Orienteering across Dartmoor, travelling abroad, rock-climbing, rowing, ceremonial drill and parading with a band, first aid, engineering, even weather-forecasting and power-boating….  and getting badges to prove it, perhaps taking part in national competitions…

…You’ll get all this

You’ll become confident in new situations. Feel more in charge of yourself and know how to make a good impression.

You’ll find you want to listen to others with more experience in life than you because you’ll quickly see how it gets you to where you want to go.

In turn, you’ll learn how to support people who are less experienced than you, which you can use to captain a sports team and stand out in interviews.

And think how it would feel to be able to walk into a room and feel at ease speaking with anyone!

You’ll gain positive habits and thinking that will last a lifetime.

I don’t give up’ will become just how you think!

And skills and qualifications

You’ll get all the support you need to show what you’re made of, whether or not you shine at school.

With Royal Marines cadets you gain qualifications:

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Royal Yachting Association qualifications

BTEC’s in Marine Engineering, Public Service & Citizenship and Music

British Canoeing Union qualifications

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