Marines to face Court Martial for bullying

Six Royal Marines are to face a Court Martial following complaints of bullying at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in July and August 2003.

The Ministry of Defence said that the soldiers, who are no longer at the training centre, are charged with ill-treating young recruits.

The training regime that Marine recruits undergo is said to be one of the toughest in the world and lasts for 30 weeks.

The hearing is set to take place in February 2005.

Last week a Navy commander, who was ordered off his ship at Gibraltar, was told he will not be returned to the command of HMS Somerset.

Commander David Axon was accused of bullying and harassment after complaints were made by a male junior officer on the ship and a female member of the crew.

An investigation found that Axon’s leadership and management style fell “significantly short” of Royal Navy standards.

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