Part 1

Episode 1 of 2

Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1989, this is the first part of a programme that follows the progress of 29 men who want to be Royal Marine Officers. After arriving at Commando Training Centre, Devon, they find that their fortitude is tested to the very limits as they undertake the All Arms Commando Course to earn their green berets.

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    The Royal Marines are part of the Navy. This programme, which follows the tough 12 month selection process, is included in the BBC Four Army Collection as it provides a compelling contrast to the training programmes provided by the Army which are featured elsewhere in the collection.

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Ian Wooldridge
Ian Wooldridge
Paul Willey
Michael Begg


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