Royal Marines Passout parade
PUBLISHED: 15:56 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 30 July 2013
New Royal Marine’s were presented with their green berets at the Passout parade at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone last week.
The ‘Kings Squad’ is the culmination of 32 weeks Royal Marines Commando training and a tradition that has been in place since His Majesty King George V bestowed the honour in 1918.
The best recruit may then be selected to become the Kings Badgeman.
He then wears a special badge on his arm for the remainder of his career in the Royal Marines
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer of Devon and Cornwall Police was the VIP guest accompanied by 40 Commando’s Commanding Officer Lt Col Matt Jackson as the Inspecting Officer.
The event occurred in front of hundreds of gathered friends and family members of 157 Troop, the Kings Squad.
During the Passout parade the Kings Squad are inspected and conduct an arms drill display accompanied by the Royal Marines band.
The Kings Squad are ceremonially presented with their Green Berets in front of their families.
They then change into Blues uniforms and form up before being led onto the parade ground by the Royal Marines Band in front of their families.
A spokesman for CTCRM said: “The last two weeks of 157 Troops’ time at Lympstone involve them completing the four Commando tests which include a 30 mile speed march across Dartmoor.
“Following this they rehearse intensively for nine days to ensure their drill display is perfect.”