Commando qualification badge of the British Armed Forces, universal, red embroidery on black style.
This is a sew-on badge for MTP uniform.
Not to be confused with the brigade TRF of 3 Commando Brigade
History of the "Commando Dagger
The All Arms Commando Course lasts for 8 weeks and is run by the Royal Marines at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, members from any of the United Kingdom's Regular Armed Forces (e.g. personnel from units attached to the Marines) and overseas exchange personnel can attend in order to serve with 3 Commando Brigade.
On completion of the course the successful candidate earns the right to wear the Green Beret, and to wear the "Commando Dagger" on their uniform.
Following a 5 week pre-course period, which brings soldiers from a broad range of backgrounds up to a common standard of basic skills, the course focuses on core military skills, including patrolling, defence and section and troop level attacks.
The AACC is for trained military ranks only and is not open to new recruits into the armed forces.
The course then covers the following Commando skills: amphibious assault drills, cliff assault drills, helicopter drills and small-unit tactics. The course concludes with a week-long confirmatory test exercise followed by Test Week.
Further specifications of the All Arms Commando Course
The aim of the AACC is to prepare RN, Army and RAF personnel for service with 3 Cdo Bde RM by developing the temperament, mental resolve, physical robustness and core military skills necessary in the demanding environment of expeditionary and littoral operations.
The AACC is the only recognised route for regular members of the Armed Forces outside of the RM to become commando trained. There are 3 courses a year.
It is a mandatory requirement for all personnel to pass a Pre Commando Course (PCC) prior to attendance at the AACC. The PCC will run in the 2 weeks preceding the AACC and is designed to ensure that all students are at an adequate standard of fitness and preparedness prior to commencing the challenging AACC. Candidates are to ensure that they are competent in basic map reading, navigation and first aid. In particular students must be fully familiar with the prevention and first aid treatment of climatic (heat and cold) injuries. Candidates should also be proficient in the operation of PRC 354 and PRC 355 Bowman man-pack radios.
The seven week AACC is carried out under the auspices of Commando Training Wing (CTW) and is conducted in 2 phases. Phase 1 of the AACC (Weeks 1-4) is an Infantry Skills phase and contains the bulk of the military skills and fitness training in preparation for Phase 2 in Weeks 5-7. Phase 2 incorporates amphibious, vertical assault and helicopter training, culminating with a Final Exercise and Commando Tests.
Success on the course entitles the student to wear the Commando Green Beret and Cdo Dagger flash, and to serve within 3 Cdo Bde RM and other RM units.
No more than 3 attempts will be allowed to pass this demanding course