How Many Women Have Expressed Interest in the Royal Marines (2018-2019)?

Table 1 outlines the number of female expressions of interest (EOI) to the Royal Marines by calendar year for 2018 and 2019.

Type/Year20182019
Royal Marines Officer150120
Royal Marines Other Rank7101070
Royal Marines Band Service290180
Total11501380
Dr Lara Herbert, then a Royal Navy Lieutenant, is the second woman to complete the All Arms Commando Course, and the first to complete in one go.

Table 2 outlines the number of females by selection and training element for the Royal Marines.

Selection/Training ElementNumber
Attend the Pre-Potential Royal Marines Commando Fitness Test20
Attended the Potential Royal Marines Course/Potential Officer Course~
Offered a place in Recruit Training~
Declined an offered place in Recruit Training¬
Started training~
In process of setting a date/have set a date to begin training¬

Notes:

  • Figures, in both tables, have been rounded to the nearest 10 in line with disclosure control policy.
  • Figures ending in 5 are rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid bias, 5 or fewer is represented by ~, and 0 is represented by ¬.
  • Figures in Table 2 consist of Officer and Other Rank applications only.
  • EOI are sourced from multiple channels, with a majority through social media, meaning no measure of genuine intent can be assumed from the figures above as opposed to a ‘walk in’ to a military careers office.

Reference

FOI 2019/13766 dated 29 January 2020.

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