Royal Navy

Opportunities at the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy is an organisation that operates predominately at sea, but also on land and in the air, to protect the UK’s interests both at home and abroad. First and foremost the Royal Navy is a fighting force, serving alongside our allies around the world. We also protect UK ports, fishing grounds and merchant ships and help tackle international smuggling, terrorism and piracy. Increasingly, we’re involved in humanitarian and relief missions, where our skills, discipline and resourcefulness make a real difference in people’s lives.

Being an Officer in the Royal Navy isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life – full of excitement, travel, camaraderie and career opportunities. From protecting our nation’s interests in combat and saving lives through disaster relief missions. To safeguarding home waters and defending trade routes from pirates. In the Royal Navy, what you do makes a real difference.

What we are looking for

People with leadership potential who think on their feet and are responsible. People who aren’t afraid of a challenge and know the value of teamwork – because at the end of the day, lives might be at stake.


The minimum academic requirements for officer entry into the Naval Service are 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and Maths 180 UCAS points from the UCAS tariff table, which must include 2 non-overlapping subjects with each subject allocated at least 45 UCAS points. You must have normally gained qualifying subjects within a maximum spread of 13 months and they need to be of a sufficient academic content. We will also consider equivalent educational qualifications.


Like all Royal Navy careers, how far you go during your time as an officer is up to you and depends on your choices and achievements. To start off with, you will join as a Midshipman with promotion to Sub Lieutenant after one year of service. Subsequent promotion to Lieutenant is also automatic as long as you perform to the required standard. From then on promotion is on merit. Excel at what you do and you could one day be in charge of your own department, commanding your own ship or make it all the way to Admiral, the highest active rank in the Royal Navy.


The recruitment process to become an Officer might seem a bit involved, but that’s because we want you to be absolutely sure it’s the right decision for you. We also have a duty to choose people with the right attitudes and personal qualities to take on the responsibilities of life in the Royal Navy.


Call 03456 07 55 55. You’ll be asked a few basic questions to check your eligibility to apply. Or you can fill in the online form at