Careers - Commando Chef

Colour Sergeant Mike Beaton visited De Warenne Academy on Monday 4th November to present his aspiring career assembly to both Year 10 and Year 9 students.  Speaking about the importance of nutrition and exercise,  CSgt Beaton gave cooking demonstrations, saying that to understand and gain a knowledge of cooking healthy meals is a foundation stone for a healthy lifestyle and a physically demanding career.

Whilst cooking, Mike spoke candidly about his life and what inspired him into becoming a Royal Marine. Students were enthralled throughout and many were inspired to go home and try out the meal Mike had cooked during the session. Students were told what it took to become a Royal Marine and the grueling training they go through.


Royal Marine -EAT (Education Awareness Team)  is seen as a “First Contact Awareness Team” 

One of the fundamental tenets of the Royal Marine Recruiting strategy is to improve, maintain and develop access into the University/College/School Community thus creating opportunities to impart information about RN/RM careers opportunities to our target audience. Quite clearly, in an ever more challenging recruiting environment, close interaction with students is essential and contributing to the educational programme through the development of “life skills” and career awareness this should develop a more positive and closer relationship between the Royal Navy/Royal Marines, the students and lectures alike.

In an age where we consume too much sugar and salt and don’t have nutritional know-how readily available, E.A.T aim to not only educate but to highlight the importance of a healthy diet, particularly within a role in the armed forces.



A self motivated, determined, enthusiastic Royal Marine who has served around the globe since 1988 bring peace to our world. Operational tours of duty include serving on the grim sectarian streets of Northern Ireland, to the hot humid evil jungles of Serra Leona, I have faced many tasks as a serving marine. One of the highlights in my 26 years of service was being in a privileged position to take young men through Royal Marine Training which is known through out the world to be the toughest most extreme basic training there is.

During my time in Commando units I found myself indulging in endurance sport, this then became a hobby which grew out of control.

Seven G.B. vests have been worn at the World Long Course Triathlon Championships, from Japan to Denmark, Switzerland to France and all this has been achieved whilst on tours of duty within the Royal Marines. Ten Ironman’s later is now time to really challenge myself and this was achieved at the Double Ironman World Championships USA. Swim 5 miles, Bike 224 miles and finish with a double marathon all done back to back. First out of the water, a long day in the saddle saw me now in 10th position I battled back while hallucinating during the run to clinch 3rd place in a time of 28hrs.

Six months later and swearing blind I would never do another endurance event I was on the start line for the Verdon Gorge 3 day multi run in South of France. In extreme heat but with stunning scenery and at times climbing on all fours out of the gorge I achieved 9th position after 100 miles.

Not just a Royal Marine but also a Royal Marine chef, who at present is educating today’s young men and woman to cook and eat healthily so that they can fulfil the dream that they chase.

Winner of Corp Sportsman of the year, runner up in South West Sportsman of the year this all comes second best to Operational tours as a marine, my wife and two young boys.