Royal Marine Commando Returns To Suffolk New College

Royal Marine Commando Ben Laws returned to Suffolk New College to speak about his journey from student to Green Beret.

The Commando training course is one of the toughest in the world and includes a 90-minute nine-mile speed march with full kit, a six-mile endurance course and a 30-mile march across Dartmoor.

Ben, who studied at the College from 2010 to 2012 before applying to the Royal Marines, spoke to Level 3 Public Services students about the challenge of becoming a fully qualified Commando.

Ben said: It has been a good experience coming back, I remember I really appreciated when someone came in to talk to me about their line of work and I’m glad to come and help. I would advise the students to work hard and not be put off by any job – I stuck my neck out and if I can do it then they can, too.”

Lecturer Martin Memory said: We’ve really valued Ben giving up his free time coming in to talk to our Public Service students about his journey from the College course to becoming a fully qualified Royal Marine Commando, and talking also about recent world events and visits to Albania. He went on to say It brings the military aspect of the course to life and makes it really relevant for the students. Ben gave a positive insight into the Marines and life in the military. He spoke about the training - that it was brutal but worth it. He started training with 58 people and only 15 qualified.”