The MTC training is planned with 'serious fun' in mind. Our programmes include: shooting, physical training, first aid, fieldcraft, navigation, leadership, drill, unarmed combat, watermanship, campcraft, climbing, canoeing, hill walking as well as specialist skills.

Senior non-commissioned Cadets will normally instruct junior Cadets in syllabus work. This is an essential element of training for the senior NCOs as they guide the juniors through the various activities. The responsibilities of the MTC adult staff are to ensure that training is planned and that Senior Cadets have been properly trained in the technique of instruction. They will also supervise the instruction to ensure that a satisfactory standard is maintained.

It is firmly believed that the self-confidence and self-discipline required in Service life are equally vital in the civil life of the nation today. The full commitment of the staff will help provide this environment. The Cadets need to grasp this opportunity and give it their full commitment.

The MTC has a new system of induction. The new cadets now have to join the Recruits Section.

The range of training and activities in the MTC is designed to ensure our cadets develop key personal skills, meet our Corps Aim but above all have some great fun.

Our core training activities are divided into the following categories:

Recruit Training: The first four to five months when new recruits are taught the fundemental aspects of being a Marine Cadet. 

Upon ‘passing out’ new cadets can then proceed to General Duties or Musical Training. 

General Duties Training: This is where our cadets can follow our Cadet Common Military Syllabus and proceed through various Phases as they acquire skills and knowledge. 

Command Training:  Each year we run two command courses, the Junior Command Course (JCC) for LCpls who want to get promotion to Corporal, and the Senior Command Course for Corporals who want to be Sergeants. 

Musical Training:  Cadets can instead elect to join our Band, and whether they can already play an instrument or wish to learn from scratch, cadets can develop into accomlished musicians and play an important part in the ceremonial life of the unit.

Display Team Training:  This usually takes place between Apr and Jul each year once GD Training has finished, and allows cadets to develop their public display skills in readiness for the summers season.

Training Programme

Our current Training Programmes can be found at each Unit.


A number of our units offer cadets the chance to learn to swim or to improve their swimming abilities.  Please check with your unit’s Physical Training Instructor or Training Officer for details.


Marksmanship is a key skill taught to Marine Cadets as this helps to develop discipline, confidence and dedication.  Some Marine Cadets unit offer regular shooting practices so please check with your Training Officer for further details.


Various competitions are held during the training year where our cadets can compete against other units.  These competitions include:

Netball.Six-a-Side Football.



Field Gun.



Cross-Country Running.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

We are currently looking for new DofE coordinators so we can establish this worthy activity as part of our training.  If you would like to get involved please contact us.

As they experience our range of exciting and challenging activities and training the cadets move up through higher phases to acquire new skills or become more proficient at existing ones.  By following the phase progression process our cadets receive a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to chart their cadet career.  Each cadet is issued with a badge showing which phase they are in and the cadets with the top score from the end-of-year training assessments receive awards.

Cadets are promoted to Lance Corporal upon completing their first phase and then may attend the Junior Command Course (JCC) for promotion to Corporal and then the Senior Command Course (SCC) for promotion to Sergeant if they pass assessments in their next phases.  Once cadets pass Phase 4 and have passed the SCC they join the Cadet Training Team.

Promotion beyond Sergeant is by merit where vacancies exist, and promotion to Cadet RSM (one of the most senior rank a Cadet can hold) is by a interview board.

Command Training is provided to all cadets who are ranked Lance Corporal or above and have passed their end-of-year training assessments, and helps to progress our cadets that little bit further and set them on the path towards leadership. 

Cadets who pass their Command Training are then eligible for promotion to the next rank, and with hard work and dedication they can progress all the way to the top!


There are two Command Courses:

Junior Command Course (JCC) for promotion to Corporal.

Senior Command Course (SCC) for promotion to Sergeant.

Cadets who fail their command course can try it again the following year as long as they pass their next phase.

Course Content

The JCC and SCC share contents, the main areas in which the course candidates are tested are:

Personal drill.


Inspection Dress.

Military and general knowledge test.

Lectures (5 min for JCC and 10 min for SCC).

For JCC and SCC candidates from the Band they will undergo a music assessment as well as a smaller military skills assessment.

Cadets have to achieve a pass in all subjects as well as overall in order to pass the their course.