131 Independent Commando Squadron
131 Independent Commando Squadron is a specialist unit of the Army Reserve. Our role is to provide engineer support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, an internationally-renowned rapid deployment force which specialises in amphibious operations and mountain and cold weather warfare.
As Reservists we balance our civilian careers and family lives with a part-time role within the Royal Engineers ('the Sappers'). As Sappers our job is to help the armed forces to live, move and fight. This involves a wide variety of skills, such as bridging, demolition, obstacle crossing, route denial, construction and infrastructure support, though you don't have to work in engineering in your civilian job to join us.
With this privileged role comes a significant responsibility; to serve with the unit you will have to pass the Commando Course in order to earn the coveted Green Beret. If you are tough enough, bright enough and dedicated enough to get into the Squadron there is an unrivalled amount on offer. 131 is also a particularly well-travelled unit; we have served in more than 50 nations and territories worldwide.
Eligibility - age. The age bracket for potential joiners and transferees attempting the Reserve Forces Commando Course is 18 to 35. For new applicants this means applying at no later than 34 years and 3 months.
Eligibility - fitness. As a new applicant for 131 you will need to complete the 1.5 mile (2.4km) run at the Selection Centre in under 10 min 30 secs. For those who have completed Phase 1 Training, including transferees from other units, you must complete the same test in under 9 min 30 secs in order to be eligible to start Commando Training.
Eligibility - Commando Trained personnel. Rejoiners and transferees who are already Commando Trained can join the Squadron beyond 35 years, subject to role and availability of vacancies (please contact us directly for details). Note that there is no requirement to undergo Commando Training again if you have already passed the Commando Course with another part of the UK Armed Forces.
We meet prospective joiners at all 4 locations at 2000 hrs on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (except at Christmas and New Year). If you're serious about becoming a Commando Engineer Reservist, just come and see us - there's no need to make contact in advance.