Tribe 365 – ‘99.9% need not apply’

02 October 2018

If you have any interest in the Royal Marines, that slogan shouldn’t be new to you. Alongside the U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Marines are famous for their grueling selection process and their fighting prowess. What does it take to be a part of this illustrious group? 32 weeks of basic training, ending with a 30-mile trek across Dartmoor in full combat gear. By the standards of most army recruitment regimens, the Royal Marines can only be compared to the SAS in how it pushes even the fittest men to the limit.

Alongside the strenuous physical training is the development and understanding of the Marines’ values: excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility. Along with this, trainees are taught to embody the Commando qualities of, determination, courage, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face of adversity, and the all-important ‘commando mindset’: ‘be the first to understand; the first to adapt and respond, and the first to overcome’.

The average Royal Marine recruit can expect to receive around 4-6 hours of sleep per night – there’s a reason that they’re known as ‘nods’ – due to a combination of huge physical exertion and sleep deprivation, recruits will frequently ‘nod off’. Even Army and Navy recruits tend to struggle with the brutal training regiment of the Marines, with a dropout rate of 40%. Only the most dedicated, resilient and intelligent candidates pass and get to join one of the most elite military institutions in the world: a tribe only composed of the best.

The end result is a small, cohesive tribe that can channel into each of their skills and abilities to produce a strong collective whole. Much like the SAS, the Marines embody the archetype of the unbreakable Special Forces soldier.

Can Your Company Apply?

Every company wants to have a strong tribe. A team that can tap into each individual’s abilities and beat any challenge put in front of them. A team that’s always in good spirits and looking to push themselves beyond the call of duty. Is it possible to raise your company to the point where they can look like the workplace equivalent of the Marines?

To get the best results from your team, you require an understanding of how your employees tick, what they excel at, and how to get the most out of those skills while minimising the weaker parts. If you have employees willing to push themselves, perhaps Tribe 365 will be the programme for you.