A Northbrook College student has successfully completed one of the toughest and longest basic training programmes in the world to enter the Royal Marines.
Jamie Smith who studied Level 2 and 3 Uniformed Services at the college, undertook the grueling training programme at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone Devon.
During his 32 weeks, Jamie learnt everything from the basics such as marching, and looking after his kit and weapons, to the combat skills that will turn him into an elite soldier, worthy of the Green Beret. These include patrolling, setting ambushes, cliff assaults and fighting in built up areas.
The final week of training involved the completion of four commando tests, including theendurance course, the nine mile speed march, the Tarzan assault course and a 30 mile march across Dartmoor, with equipment and riﬂe, which had to be completed in less than eight hours.
Jamie said, “'Training was extremely hard but rewarding and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help and guidance from the Uniformed Services course at Northbrook College.'
Uniformed Services tutor Neil Cockcroft said, “I am extremely proud of Jamie and his achievement. From the outset he was a very committed learner who had a dream of joining the Royal Marines. Jamie worked tirelessly at college and progressed through the Level 2 and Level 3 programmes gaining distinctions in both.
Jamie is now the founding member of the Northbrook College Uniformed Service role of honour where his picture will be displayed in the classroom as an inspiration to those future students who dare to dream.”