Training Syllabus

This syllabus is used as a guideline to instruct the cadets on the skills and knowledge needed to progress onto a higher level of understanding. After Recruit training, they will begin these lessons to eventually achieve MC2 status. A test is taken once all subjects are completed and revision has been covered.

MC – MC2 Training

Unit Procedure

A. Conduct colours parade

B. The duty state board

General Knowledge

A. Royal Marine Corps history

B. Royal Marine unit and structure

C. Badges of rank

Communications and Signals

A. The basic radio network and call signs

B. Voice procedures, basic messages and sending & receiving

C. The phonetic alphabet

D. Practical radio exercise

Map & Compass

A. Introduction to map reading, signs, symbols, types, scale and care of maps

B. Grid system and grid references

C. The Silva Compass, characteristics & uses and introduction to bearings

D. Setting a map by landmark and by compass

E. Route cards and bearings

F. Create and use a simple map of the locality

G. Practical orienteering exercise using the OS map


A. Turnings on the march

B. Saluting on the march

C. Marching in slow time and double time

D. Sizing the squad and marking time

E. Introduction to arms drill


A. Introduction to Fieldcraft, webbing and packing of equipment

B. Personal Hygiene, admin in the field and camp craft

C. Individual camouflage & concealment and protection

D. Duties of a sentry and challenging procedure

E. Patrols, movement, observation and reporting

F. Field signals and formations

G. Fire control orders and target recognition

H. Harbour drills and RV points

I. Stages of attack

J. Individual roles and section attacks

K. Practical field excercise

Knots and Ropes

A. Introduction to knots, ropes and lines

B. Use of knots, ropes and their maintenance

First Aid

A. Introduction to first aid, managing an incident and reporting an incident

B. Assessment and priorities of treatment

C. The recovery position and managing an unconscious casualty

D. Emergency life support, resuscitation and CPR

E. CPR practical

F. Treatment of wounds, bleeding and shock

G. Recognition of sprains, strains, dislocation and broken limbs

H. Practical scenario test

Loyalty and Discipline

A. Understanding the chain of command

B. Discipline of orders

Weapons Training

A. Introduction to weapons (SA80)

B. Introduction to types of ammunition

C. Parts of a weapon

D. Normal Safety Procedures

E. Weapons safety tests

F. Marksmanship principles

G. Stoppage drills