Training doesn’t really end when you get your green beret. The next challenge is to make myself more deployable and more of an asset to the Corps.

Marine Julian Kiley

Supported by elements of the Regular Royal Marines, including 43 Commando and Commando Training Centre, the exercise aimed to improve individual and team battlefield skills in order to provide highly-trained personnel for potential operations with the Royal Marines and wider Armed Forces.

Marine Julian Kiley, 30, said: “Training doesn’t really end when you get your green beret. The next challenge is to make myself more deployable and more of an asset to the Corps.

“I’m out here doing the heavy machine gun course. It puts the onus more on a team, working together around one weapon system to become as accurate and efficient as you can.”

Designed to be even more challenging than the previous year, the exercise also provided the opportunity for the Phase 2 Marines to conduct a survival training package, one of the key elements required to pass onto the trained strength of the RMR, after completing Phase 1 training and the Reserve forces Commando Course.   

Lt Col Richard Maltby, Commanding Officer of Royal Marines Reserve Bristol said: “The men are enjoying it immensely.

Exercise Commando Phoenix provides an excellent opportunity for them to hone their live firing and fieldcraft skills, and the fantastic ranges at Sennelager offer a great location to conduct this training.”

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