Royal Marines to cut ground drills and trial jet suits for storming enemy ships

Parade ground drills are being dropped for those training in the Royal Marines in favour of weapons training.

Instead of yelling sergeants and commando courses, recruits will spend 60 hours more training with weapons, reports The Sun.

Half of the drills carried out will be cut as bosses aim to create an elite fighting force.

Regimental Sergeant Major Dave Young said: “We don’t march into a battlefield anymore.

"There is still a place for drill but we don’t need to do as much.

“At the end of the day, a Marine still needs to put a dagger in their mouth and crawl through a ditch.

"We’ve decided to give more time to learn sophisticated weapons systems they will have to use if they go to war.”

It's also reported that a trial for jet suits for storming enemy ships will also be carried out by the marines.

A Navy source said: “We must ensure our commandos can master the latest battlefield technology and be match-fit for the future.”

Four commando tests to pass the 32-week course will not be changed, culminating in a 30-mile trip across Dartmoor in under nine hours.

A source told the paper that Army recruits reportedly spent less than five per cent of boot camp on drills.

Earlier this year, it was announced that RAF fighters would be sent into the edge of space.

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