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The Royal Marines are often mistaken as being part of the Army; they are in fact part of The Royal Navy but fulfil a different role to the rest of The Navy in that they engage in direct contact with hostility on land or at sea.
Most naval warfare now is fought at distance using long range weapons or planes, however, the Royal Marines are on the front line of any skirmishes or combat with opposing forces.
Royal Marines form the ‘infantry component’ of the Royal Navy and are seen in every other aspect of the armed forces, particularly the Royal Navy, as specialists. They are experts in attack and defence as well as specialisms including amphibious, arctic and mountain operations. In total there are approximately 8,000 Royal Marines all under one brigade, the prestigious 3 Commando.
Royal Marines Officers lead teams of commandos into combat either at sea or on shore. Whilst this sounds purely aggressive, some of the Marines’ work involves peacekeeping and humanitarian work.
Officers must ensure that their men are content, fit and following orders on a daily basis. Under their watch they will have 28 men and the officer must lead them and decide strategies and tactics that would make them the most effective without endangering them unnecessarily.
Officers with the Royal Marines often specialise in particular fields. These include signals, heavy weapons, training, Special Boat Service (SBS) and intelligence.