Royal navy after initial training and the challenge of the professional training.

Your First Year

Your first year in the Royal Navy will change your life. You’ll experience an approach to work and a way of life that’s completely different to what you know. It’s hard work. The hours are long. You need discipline, determination and drive. And it’ll push you past your physical and mental limits, till you redefine them.

With structure and support from us, and the bond you’ll quickly form with the people around you who are all in the same boat, you have all the tools you need to forge your future in the Naval Service. Whether you join as an officer or a rating, your first year lays the foundation for a career that’s built entirely around you – and that’s entirely in your hands.

Ratings – Royal Navy after initial training

All ratings start their careers with ten weeks of basic training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, near Plymouth. It’s your comprehensive introduction to the Royal Navy, that will really put you through your paces; you’ll learn an enormous amount and change just as much. Following your Passing-out parade, you’ll begin the Professional Training that’s specific to the role you’ve chosen. This is where you start learning your trade, before being assigned a posting where you start putting it into practice.

Professional Training

Professional training will challenge you much more than your Phase 1 training, as you begin learning the ins and outs of your trade. You’ll complete a Basic Sea Survival Course (BSSC) before you join your ship’s company. You’ll soon get to know life on board, and will make friends with crew-mates from your branch and on your Mess Deck (your living space).

Basic Sea Survival Course (BSSC)

Mandatory PJT for all RN officers and ratings before proceeding to sea for the first time.

Course includes practical drills in Chemical Biological Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) in a CS gas environment, firefighting, damage control and sea survival.

The course is realistic and stressful.

Topics covered include:

  • Firefighting organisation, equipment and techniques (1 day)
  • Practical firefighting (1½ day)
  • Sea survival theory and practical drills (1 day)
  • Chemical Biological Radiation and Nuclear Damage Control (CBRNDC) theory, organisation, communications, states and conditions, and incident board marking (½ day)
  • CBRNDC hazards collectives protection, individual protective equipment and Chemical Biological Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN cleansing procedures) (½ day)
  • Practical damage control (½ day)

Examinations/qualifications gained from the Basic Sea Survival Course are MCA Certificate in ‘Personal Survival Techniques’ and ‘Fire Prevention and Firefighting’