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Meet The Marines: Getting Up Close With Britain's Elite Fighting Force

More than a hundred and fifty students have been given chance to spend time with our Armed Forces without having to even leave college.

Meet the marines

More than 150 students have been given chance to spend time with our Armed Forces without having to even leave college.

Schools from around Dorset joined the fun at Kingston Maurward college to "Meet the Marines".

Despite the fact that it was only 13 degrees, and mid-October, the students took to the water-based activities enthusiastically.

After all, if you want to be a Royal Marine, then you better get used to it.

One student spoke about the day’s activities:

“At the start of the day, we had a tutorial about all the equipment they use. Then we got to do some of the lifeboat stuff, where we have to work as a team and the losers have to jump in.

“It was freezing!”

There's a serious side to all of this though - inspiring future careers and pushing boundaries.

Meet the marines

The Principle of the college was enthusiastic about the course’s opportunities:

“What they’re primarily getting is exposure to what a career as a marine might be. For some of them it’s about fitness, for others it’s about abseiling or exposure to military equipment.

“But mostly it’s an opportunity for them to meet people who do the job, so they understand what’s involved - and not just in a combat capacity.”

Meet the marines

The guys and girls that study at Kingston Maurward are on a specialist Military preparation course.

The popularity of the course is soaring; just a few years ago it had 8 students and now there's 55.

There's an academic side to the course too, but today it was all about mixing with the real British military and despite it being more hard work than some realised it would be, the students definitely enjoyed themselves.

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