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Former Mullion School student wins his Green Beret

A Man from Truro has overcome several  injuries to become the top Royal Marines recruit and receive his coveted Green Beret having completed 18 months on one of the Worlds’ hardest military training courses.

Corey Fletcher, 19, went to Mullion Secondary School in Helston and then Camborne College where he did a Public Services National Diploma. He is now a Royal Marine Commando. He passed out of the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, Devon, with 162 Troop on Fri 8th Nov 2013.

Among the guests at his Kings Squad Pass-out Parade was TV adventurer Bear Grylls who has recently been appointed an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.

Corey will now go to 42 Commando based at Bickleigh near Plymouth.

Corey started training at the Marines base near Exmouth in March 2012 and managed to get half way through the 32 week training course before going into the remedial company suffering from a stress fracture. This is a common recruit training aliment due to speed marching which is a combination of running and marching with weights.

He spent nearly a year in the rehabilitation company. Due to his determination to pass the course he returned to mainstream training and managed to complete the final 16 weeks – passing out as the top recruit whom is known as the Kings Badgeman.

He will now wear the Kings Badge on his uniform for the remainder of his career in the Royal Marines.

At the end of training recruits have to pass the infamous Commando Tests. The final of these is a 30 mile speed march over Dartmoor from Okehampton Camp to near Plymouth which must be completed in eight hours carrying 32 lbs of equipment,

“My highest point in training was going over the bridge on Dartmoor at the end of the 30 mile speed march,” said Corey. “My lowest point was the route march we had to complete of the final exercise. It took a lot to convince myself to keep walking but it was a good feeling when we finished it.”

“The training team we had in 162 Troop were really good. They all wanted to pass on their knowledge and make us the best marines possible. They were firm but fair.”

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 in the face of adversity, courage and determination.