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Careers in the Royal Navy


In a fast-moving, professional organisation like ours everybody counts. And everybody knows it. That’s why we devote so much care to your training enabling you to develop the skills and confidence you need. People in today’s Navy and Marines are forging the kind of career you may be looking for. Challenging, dynamic, exciting and fulfilling. If you have the potential we will bring it out.And that holds true for everyone – no matter what level of qualifications and experience you have.

Just think of all that goes into putting a warship or submarine to sea, a naval aircraft into the air, or a commando unit into action.Think of each of them as a small firm – or even a small town.It ’s no surprise that we need engineers and weapons experts, cooks and medical specialists, communications staff and administrators.

Am I eligible?
You must be a British or Commonwealth citizen and normally resident in the UK for five years before the date of the application.The maximum age to apply as a rating is 32 and 28 for Marines. No formal qualifications are needed; everyone takes the RN test, but the more qualifications you do have enable you to start in higher paid jobs.

Do you have to be super fit?
No but a general all round fitness training programme will be given to enable you to cope with the physical aspects of basic training. Marines will be expected to start and attain a higher level of fitness.

What sort of money do you start on?
The basic entry level is £10,778. An able rate (usually attained after 12 months) earns between £12,578 and £22,918.A chief petty officer is £26,000 plus. Free health and dental care and non-contributory pension scheme are one part of an excellent benefits package.

How do I find out more?
From your local RN RM careers office in London 020 7839 4643 . For an overview on life in the Navy, go to or For an information pack call 08456 075555

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