Mullion pupils overcomes injury to pass out as Royal Marine Commando 'top recruit'

An ex-Mullion School pupil has overcome injury to pass out as a Royal Marine Commando with the Kings Badge.

Not only that but Corey Fletcher, 19, passed out as the top recruit – known as the Kings Badgeman – with 162 Troop. He will now wear the Kings Badge for the entirety of his career as a marine.

The training is among the hardest military training in the world and was made even tougher when Corey suffered a stress fracture halfway through the 32 week course.

This is a common recruit training ailment due to speed marching, which is a combination of running and marching with weights.

He spent nearly a year in the rehabilitation company, but due to his determination to pass the course he returned to mainstream training and managed to complete the final 16 weeks.

After the training the recruits are faced with the infamous Commando Tests, the last of which sees them take on a 30 mile speed march over Dartmoor. This must be completed in eight hours whilst also carrying 32 lbs of equipment.

Corey said: “The highest point in my career was going over the bridge on Dartmoor at the end of the 30 mile speed march.

“The lowest point was the route march of the final exercise; it took a lot to convince myself to keep going but it was a good feeling when we finished it.”

After completing their training the recruits are awarded with the famous Green Beret which is the symbol for them completing the gruelling training. Among the guests at the pass-out parade was adventurer Bear Grylls who has recently been appointed an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines Reserves.


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