Royal Marines Reserve

Location: UK

Brief: Capture images of RMR commando training

Commissioned by: self-commissioned

While studying for my MA in London, I trained a troop of Royal Marine Reservist volunteers and carried a Voigtlander 35mm rangefinder camera everywhere to document the course.

The Royal Marines Reserves attract a wide cross-section of society: students, lawyers, businessmen, city traders, tradesmen and professionals – an egalitarian elite.

They must pass all the same tests as the regular Royal Marines during 18 months of commando training, all while holding down their everyday civilian jobs. Typically, of 50 applying for training, 30 will be selected to start and only 10 will pass and be awarded the green beret.

Once trained, the Reservist will inevitably be deployed on operations with a Royal Marines anywhere in the world.