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The Royal Marines are the Royal Navy's amphibious infantry who are permanently on stand-by to be deployed around the world.
As a unit, it is described as a core component of the UK's Joint Rapid Reaction Force and, together with the Royal Navy, represents a mobile, self-sustained and versatile organisation.
A career in the Marines requires an extremely high level of fitness and a strong state of mind.
It is one of the toughest jobs in the Armed Forces, both physically and mentally, therefore the Marines are hugely respected for their dedication to the Forces. Marines are trained to deploy quickly and fight in any terrain.
In late 2010 the Royal Marines comprised 6,840 regular personnel and 970 Royal Marine Reserves - a total of 7,810.
These troops are described as specialists in cold weather warfare: a term used to describe armed conflict that takes place in exceptionally cold weather, usually in snowy and icy terrain.
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