How ‘commando spirit’ is helping us navigate through the uncertainty of a global pandemic.

When serving in the Royal Marines, we all stick vigilantly to the collective values that pull us together and enable us to achieve our shared goal. As Royal Marines, the primary aim of Team Commando Spirit is to harness those Commando values and encourage them to live on beyond the Corps. Allowing such valuable characteristics to go to waste, would be wrong. Rowing the Atlantic later this year (December 2020), will put a high demand on our collective and individual spirit. However, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic is only part of the journey to Antigua. Getting to the start line places equal levels of demand on our principles.

First, courage, which takes many forms. In the journey to the start line of this epic crossing we are finding that courage is taking the form of belief. The preservation of the belief that we are doing the right thing and what we are doing will make a difference. That, by raising awareness of The Royal Marines Charity and in turn Rock 2 Recovery and the life changing and life saving work they do, we will be playing our part in changing the narrative around mental health and service leavers.   

Secondly, determination. COVID-19 has presented a significant challenge to numerous people throughout the world. The impact it’s had on our sponsorship and fundraising efforts has been devastating, but out of our control. Undeterred, we stick by our unrelenting, unyielding, and remorseless drive to succeed through whatever trials and tests are thrown our way.

Our unselfishness is the cornerstone and constant reminder that we need to maintain our courage, our belief, and our determination to fight for what we know is right.  

Lastly, and as always, is our cheerfulness during these adversities, which is the key to enjoying the process and the adventure that lies ahead.       

It is these qualities, which are deeply ingrained into every Royal, from our initial 32 weeks of training and throughout our military career, that enables us to improvise, adapt and overcome. The inevitable unknowns that we face before us, WILL be conquered through the dislocation of expectation and the implementation of Courage, Determination, Unselfishness and Cheerfulness in adversity

Tristan Lark

Crew Member and Royal Marine Commando

Team Commando Spirit

If you would like to know more about Team Commando Spirit and how you can support our mission to change the narrative around mental health and the military, please contact us at

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