CHESTERFIELD: Teen awarded green beret

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A MAN from Chesterfield has just received the coveted Green Beret having successfully completed 9 months doing one of the hardest military training courses in the world.

Jeremy Austin, 19 who went to Brookfield Community School is now a Royal Marine Commando.

He passed out of the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, Devon, with 157 Troop on Friday 26 July 2013.

Jeremy will now go to 45 Commando Royal Marines based near Arbroath in Scotland. 45 Commando are one of two northern Royal Marines units, the other one is 43 Commando at the Faslane submarine base.

During Royal Marines training the recruits learn how to escape underwater from sinking helicopters and about survival on the sea. They learn how to abseil out of helicopters and how to assault cliff top positions at night time after conducting beach landings from raiding craft.

They are also taught how to adapt to living and working in the wild and how to deal with survival situations.

They spend a large proportion of the course doing physical training and there are a series of tests they need to overcome to continue in training.

The recruits are taught how to speed march which is a combination of marching and running carrying 32 lbs of weight and is run at a speed of one mile every 10 minutes.

The final test they must overcome is the infamous 30 miler where the recruits speed march across the wilderness of Dartmoor in eight hours.

“The completion of Royal marine Commando training has always been my ambition,” said Jeremy.

“It’s been such a gruelling training regime for the past 9 months filled with many highs and lows, but now as I complete my time at CTCRM, I leave as a changed 19 year old full of knowledge and excited to be joining 3 Commando Brigade. But most importantly I leave as a Royal Marine Commando”

When Royal Marines complete their training they are awarded the Green Beret. This indicates they have completed one of the longest and hardest military training courses in the world and have displayed the Commando qualities of, unselfishness, cheerfulness under adversity, courage and determination.