Part 2

Episode 2 of 2

Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1989, this is the second part of a programme that follows the progress of 29 men who want to be Royal Marine Officers. To earn their green beret they must undergo 12 months of what they believe to be the toughest infantry training in the world - the All Arms Commando Course.

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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
Camera Operator
Derek Banks
Camera Operator
John Howarth
Camera Operator
Andrew Lee
Camera Operator
Mike Spooner
Camera Operator
Alexander Todhope
Paul Willey
Michael Begg


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