Joining the Royal Navy takes eight steps. Below is an overview of how to apply for the Royal Navy.

How to apply for the Royal Navy

  • Register Your Interest

  • Naval Service Recruiting Test

  • Royal Navy Interview

  • Royal Navy Medical and Eye Tests

  • Royal Navy Fitness Test

  • Pre-Royal Navy Course

  • Royal Navy Security and Reference Check

  • Royal Navy Initial Training

Applicants must successfully complete each stage to go on to the next stage. The selection process is very competitive, and the successful completion of these stages does not guarantee an offer of employment.

The Royal Navy recruitment process typically takes about three months.

Register Your Interest by Applying

The first step is choosing the role that you think is right for you and contact one of the career offices and apply.

Naval Service Recruiting (Aptitude) Test

The next step is the Naval Service Recruiting Test (NSRT), which all potential recruits must complete.

The skills and abilities which are being assessed during the aptitude test include:

  1. Reasoning (30 questions in 9 minutes)
  2. English Language (30 questions in 9 minutes)
  3. Numeracy (30 questions in 16 minutes)
  4. Mechanical Comprehension (30 questions in 10 minutes)

The pass mark required for each role will vary depending on the requirements for each job and will be under strict timed conditions.

Royal Navy Interview

You will have to attend a formal virtual interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and specifically the role that you have chosen.

A Career Adviser will conduct the interview. The interview is used to assess your personal qualities and life experiences.

Royal Navy Medical And Eye Tests

All candidates will go through a medical examination. The examination includes measuring your heart rate, your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and you will have to provide a urine sample.

Your tests must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors, who are based all around the country. Your local AFCO will arrange an appointment for you at a convenient time and location.

The Royal Navy Fitness Test

Before you can join, you will have to pass the Royal Navy’s Pre-Joining Fitness Test, which involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you.

Royal Navy Security Check and Reference Check

All successful candidates must complete a security questionnaire and then your application is forwarded to the Ministry of Defence for approval. Once a decision has been made, you will receive a letter telling you whether you have been selected.

Pre-Royal Navy Course

Once you have been given an entry date, you will need to attend a four-day assessment, the Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC). The PRNC is a comprehensive physical examination, including several running and swimming tests, which will confirm that you are ready for entry. This is also your chance to sample life in the Royal Navy.

Royal Navy Basic Training

After that you will be given details about your provisional place at HMS Raleigh where you will complete your Basic Training.  For ratings, basic training takes place at HMS Raleigh and takes 10 weeks.

The Royal Navy will provide some joining instructions and tell you what kit you need. Supply Drop is a great source for your basic training providing quality brands at unbeatable prices.

After Royal Navy Basic Training, you will then begin the professional training that’s unique to your role.