Commando Chris fulfils lifetime ambition to become a Marine

Chris Robinson, 27, has just completed his lifetime ambition to become a marine.  Chris  has completed one of the toughest armed forces training courses in the world to become a Royal Marine Commando, while continuing his day job as a mechanic.

He was put through a grueling two-week challenge that tested his fitness, determination and resilience, the culmination of more than 14 months training with the Leeds Detachment of the Royal Marines Reserve. But he earned his Green Beret, and will now take part in urban combat and live firing training and could then be called up at any time to serve as a Royal Marines Commando Reservist.

Mr Robinson, who works at Alba Tyres in Headingley, originally joined the Marines as a 17-year-old but left training after six weeks and became a mechanic. But the ambition never left him and he decided to join the reserves in August 2013.

 He said: “Now I’m older it’s what I really want to do. It’s hard work as I have a young daughter at home but my partner, Tasha is really supportive.

“Up to this point, I’ve been to Catterick and the surrounding training areas. I’ve also taken part in the amphibious assault exercises at Bournemouth Airshow and Modern Urban Combat training at Longmoor Camp.

It is one of the best ‘clubs’ in the world and a fantastic feeling to say I’ve done something really challenging.

Chris Robinson

“I’ve wanted to be part of the Royal Marines since I was 13 years old. Getting the Green Lid has been an inspiration in my life. It is one of the best ‘clubs’ in the world and a fantastic feeling to say I’ve done something really challenging.”

During training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone, the home of Royal Marine training, Mr Robinson had to prove his roping and abseiling skills as well as conducting section attacks in driving rain and wind chill temperatures of minus eight.

Royal Marine Commando Chris Robinson


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