Cadet Recruitment

We strive to give young people an adventurous and fun aspect based on the Royal Marines. We do this to improve a number of things including confidence, discipline, teamwork and general life skills that can benefit them later on in life

Some of the activities the cadets get involved with are:

Command Tasks


Radio Communications


Map & Compass


Continuity Drill

Weapons Drill

First Aid

and much more!

Become an Cadet with the MTC and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. OK, you might end up a bit wet and muddy, but wouldn't you rather be having the time of your life with some great new mates, instead of just sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room?

Rank: Cadet. Requirements: None – cadets need to be aged 12 Responsibilities: Learn as much as possible about being a cadet and have fun!

(Junior cadets start at the age of 9 till there 12th birthday.)

Rank: Cadet Lance Corporal Responsibilities: Help cadets with their kit, mentor junior cadets, lead a small team.

Rank: Cadet Corporal. Responsibilities: Learn to instruct cadets, lead a bigger team, take a parade.

Rank: Cadet Sergeant. Responsibilities: One of the senior cadets in the troop. Organise a number of teams. Develop leadership and management skills.

Rank: Cadet Staff Sergeant. Responsibilities: A competent instructor, help with the planning of some training, one of the senior cadets in a group of troops/units.

Rank: Cadet Sergeant Major. Responsibilities: The senior cadet, Responsible for mentoring senior cadets and taking parade.

Rank: Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major. Responsibilities: Only one of the Cadet CSMs in a area will be selected to be the Cadet RSM. They are the most senior cadets in the MTC and often take on ceremonial duties in the local area.

Rank: Cadet Under Officer. Responsibilities: This position may be awarded, by the Commandant, to a cadet who is felt to have potential to be an officer. It is a very rare honor and not many cadets achieve it!

Core subjects

 Drill and Turnout

 Military Knowledge

 Fieldcraft

 Skill at Arms

 Shooting

 Navigation

 Expedition Training

 First Aid

 Physical Training

 Cadet And Community

Adult volunteer Recruitment

We are always looking to recruit new staff members to help bolster the MTC. There are lots of jobs to fulfill especially on events.

Some of the things that we require from staff roles are:



Grant Locating

Minibus Driver


Quarter Master

just to name some

Who we’re looking for There’s no set profile for an MTC adult volunteer and you don’t have to have any military experience. Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. If considering becoming an adult volunteer, of more importance than possessing a specific skill, is an interest in working with young people and wanting to helping them progress towards a responsible adulthood.

So if you’re able to give up a 1 or 2 evenings a week and want to do something really rewarding with your free time, the Marine Training Corps could be exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in supporting young people and encouraging them to take part in challenging and inspirational activities, we feel assured that you can gain a great sense personal achievement from working as part of a team, meeting new people and making new friends.

Some questions you might have about us.

Is the Marine Training Corps a part of the Armed forces? No. we are a voluntary youth organisation. No member either cadet or adult, is liable for military call-up.

Do I need previous military experience? No, you do not, although we certainly welcome those that do. We will provide you with all the training you need. Whatever skills you have, you will be welcomed by the MTC.

How old do I have to be to join as an adult volunteer? If you are aged between 20 and 55 then you can join as an adult.

What activities will I be involved in? This depends on your role, but activities include abseiling, trekking, first aid, sports, camping, music, competitive shooting, drill, field craft and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

How much time do I have to devote to the MTC? Most troops meet one or two evenings a week and there are also occasional weekend activities which you can get involved in. Beyond that it is up to you how much time you want to give. Help is always welcomed on the annual camps (one or two weeks during the school summer holidays). We fully understand that all kinds of other commitments, such as family and work, can affect people’s availability, so even if you can’t commit to one or two evenings a week, we would still love to hear from you. All adult members are volunteers and are not liable for military call up. However, we have the same rank structure.

There are two types of adult volunteer: Adult Instructors (known as AIs) and MTC Officers. Here are the main ranks listed in increasing order of seniority.


Civilian Assistant If you come straight into the MTC as an adult volunteer, without any recent cadet experience, you will normally start as a Civilian Assistant. The MTC will take you through a familiarisation and assessment package, designed to give you an insight into the MTC and help you understand the role of an MTC adult volunteer. They will also take this time to assess your suitability to serve in a voluntary youth organisation. You do not have to wear a uniform during this period.

Probationary Instructor Once you have formally enrolled into the MTC, you will be given the rank of Probationary Instructor (PI). Working alongside experienced AIs in your local troop, you will soon get accustomed to working with the cadets. As well as familiarising yourself with topics in the cadet training syllabus at your unit, you will also attend a series of induction courses. This period will normally last up to one year, by which time you will be able to train cadets.

Sergeant Instructor As a Sergeant Instructor (SI) you will have a fair understanding of the MTC and will start to be given certain responsibilities within your unit. In order to gain promotion to Staff Sergeant Instructor, you will need to successfully complete 2 years at the unit.

Staff Sergeant Instructor As a Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) you will have a greater amount of responsibility at the unit and play a central part in decision-making when it comes to planning the cadets’ activities.

Sergeant Major Instructor Once you have reached the rank of Sergeant Major Instructor (SMI) you are likely to be appointed to a position such as Area Sergeant Major where you carry responsibilities for a number of troops and activities in your area.

Regimental Sergeant Major Instructor RSMI is one of the highest Adult Instructor rank, reached after you have demonstrated leadership and management abilities over a sustained period of time. By this time you will have considerable experience of the full range of MTC activities and know the organisation inside out.


In order to become an MTC Officer, you need to successfully complete training nights and weekends, you should also talk to other MTC Officers you know about their own experiences there.

Under Officer

As a under officer you will learn how to run a unit and paperwork procedures there are a number of tasks and tests you have to pass before being promoted to second lieutenant.

Second Lieutenant

Once you have reached the rank of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt), you are likely to be given a number of activity's command.


As an experienced MTC adult volunteer, you will by now be capable of taking charge of a range of activities. And command a Unit


Those with the rank of Captain will normally become troop Commander at a particularly large unit, or take up a area position such as Deputy Area Officer, where you would schedule and organise a range of activities, and have a special responsibility for the programme at annual camp.


Reporting direct to the Deputy Commandant and Chief of Staff, one of the most senior adult volunteers in the MTC, once you have attained the rank of Major you would typically be head of a department or commending a Area.

Lieutenant Colonel

You would hold a position such as Deputy Commandant or Chief of Staff of the MTC and would be responsible for the management of the MTC with the commandant.  This involves close liaison with other Association's.


This rank is the Commandant of the MTC who has overall control over the Marine Training Corps.

Progress through the ranks will depend on how much time you want to devote to the MTC, but it’s important to remember there is no compulsion to seek or gain promotion.  Being a volunteer leader in the MTC has to fit in with your professional and personal lives, and beyond the minimum time commitment, there is no obligation.

Whatever rank you hold and whatever level of commitment you can offer, there will be opportunities to undertake courses and and go on camp's.  In short, being an adult volunteer should prove a rewarding experience for everyone who wants to be part of the team.

Are you interested

We are always looking to recruit new staff members to help bolster the MTC further. There are lots of jobs to fulfill with in the units, especially on events when we require everyone to take part in a role. This is sometimes not achievable because of work commitments or other circumstances. So the more staff, the better.

If you have any military experience, this would help us massively.  However it is not mandatory to have military experience, you can still join with the effort and willingness to help support the MTC.

If this interests you at all then why not come along to a training night and have a chat and a cup of tea. If it is not for you then no harm done, but you might find it interesting and want to join. The process you will go through is not the same as the cadets, but still requires you to take the necessary steps.

Firstly you need to be DBS checked to ensure credibility and acceptability. Until you have received the DBS form and given it to us to review, your process can not go an further. Once it has been evaluated, you will have a probation period of 6 weeks to makes sure you are committed enough to the unit. Any rank that you hold out of the cadet environment will not be acknowledged until you complete the probation period. If you do hold a rank then it will be discussed in a meeting whether that rank will be bestowed or not.

We understand that everyone has other things to commit to, so if you are not available for any events, we will understand.