Royal Marines

What is the Royal Marines' infamous 'bottom field'?

Recruits are put through a series of difficult physical activities designed to test their motivation and determination.

The Commando Training Centre in Lympstone is notorious among Royal Marines as it is home to one of the most gruelling, yet satisfying, tests of a commando – bottom field.

A 30ft rope climb, a timed assault course, a 200-metre person carry and a rope regain – all done while carrying a 21lb weight and a rifle.

The training required to become a Royal Marine is renowned for being physically and mentally demanding in a bid to prove each candidate possesses the attributes, as well as the unique state of mind, required to be a Royal Marines Commando.