To join the Royal Navy, you will need to meet certain criteria, like nationality, age, education and health. Some criteria apply to everyone joining the Royal Navy others only apply to specific roles. Before joining up you will need to complete basic training at RMS Raleigh. Be prepared by buying a Royal Navy Basic Training Pack before you set out

This document discusses the roles in the Royal Navy.

Naval Services

The Naval Service is made up of five dedicated services.

  • Surface Fleet. The ships that represent Britain and the country’s interests the world over – from patrol boats to aircraft carriers
  • Submarine Service. Submarines that silently patrol under the waves, to provide stealth and peace of mind
  • Fleet Air Arm. The Royal Navy provides airborne support using planes, helicopters and training craft
  • Royal Marines. The Royal Marines are on the front-line of combat and humanitarian operations
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The logistical and operational support service, the civilian-staffed Royal Fleet Auxiliary provides assistance at sea with specialised ships

Level of Entry

The following Rank and Level roles are available in the Royal Navy:

  • Apprenticeships combine practical, on-the-job training, with study. The majority of apprenticeships require no qualifications
  • The management rank of entry – to join the Royal Navy at this level, you may need a degree or more than 180 UCAS points
  • Ratings are practical and hands-on. You may not need formal qualifications to join.

Royal Navy Branches

The branch determines the type of role you will have in the Naval Service.

The specialist rating and officer roles within the branch perform a vital function across the five services.

For example, you could be an Air Engineering Technician, working in the Engineering branch for the Fleet Air Arm (service), maintaining Lynx helicopters on a ship.

Aviation Branch

Pilots, aircraft controllers and aircrew man helicopters and planes. The Aviation branch is also known as the Fleet Air Arm.

The Aviation Branch work with people from every Navel Service, from pilots to Air Traffic Controllers and Air Engineers.

After initial training you will be part of the ship’s flight, assigned from either Culdrose or Yeovilton. When your ship sails, you will fly to join it, for up to nine months, and must complete all of the essential pre-deployment training. When the ship returns, you will return to your Royal Naval Air Station

Chaplaincy Branch

Chaplains are there to support their Royal Navy Colleagues, acting as friends, advisers and spiritual guides in a multi-faith environment and all walks of life.

A Chaplain carries no rank, but will be part of humanitarian aid work and potentially dangerous combat operations

Engineering Branch

Engineers maintain ships, submarines and aircrafts and work with advanced weapons and communications.

Engineers work together as a close-knit team of problem-solvers. You could start with a degree or with no qualifications. Naval engineering is made for people with inquisitive minds, who want tackle new challenges.

Logistics Branch

Logistics specialists covers roles from administration to chefs and hospitality staff.

Logistics Officers who coordinate the delivery of essential supplies, to an organisation of around 30,000 people

Medical Branch

The medical team keeps Royal Navy staff fit and healthy. As well as roles for qualified doctors, nurses and dentists, there are also training opportunities.

The Medical Branch provides specialist care in NHS hospitals, on ships at sea, or in a field hospital. You could end up working on surface or submarine fleets, as the Royal Navy need medical professionals across all of Services

Police Branch

The Royal Navy Police (RNP) enforce law, discipline, and maintain order for the Royal Navy.

The RNP is the smallest of all police branches in the three services, with its provost marshal holding the rank of commander.

Royal Marines Band Service

The Royal Marines’ require talented musicians who want an active, adventurous life. The Royal Marines Band Service is regarded as one of the world’s most versatile military musical organisations, and provides the Naval Service, Defence and the State with musical and ceremonial excellence.

Royal Marines Band Service. also support the wider Royal Navy and 3 Commando Brigade by providing a range of operational and logistical roles.

Warfare Branch

Warfare specialists work at the frontline of Royal Naval operations, with cutting-edge weapons, comms and surveillance systems. The Warfare branch has expert seamanship, for the surface or submarine fleet, as every mission is carried out with the highest precision.

To join the Royal Navy, you will need to meet certain criteria, like nationality, age, education and health. Some criteria apply to everyone joining the Royal Navy others only apply to specific roles.

This document discusses the roles in the Royal Navy.

Naval Services

The Naval Service is made up of five dedicated services.

  • Surface Fleet. The ships that represent Britain and the country’s interests the world over – from patrol boats to aircraft carriers
  • Submarine Service. Submarines that silently patrol under the waves, to provide stealth and peace of mind
  • Fleet Air Arm. The Royal Navy provides airborne support using planes, helicopters and training craft
  • Royal Marines. The Royal Marines are on the front-line of combat and humanitarian operations
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The logistical and operational support service, the civilian-staffed Royal Fleet Auxiliary provides assistance at sea with specialised ships

Level of Entry

The following Rank and Level roles are available in the Royal Navy:

  • Apprenticeships combine practical, on-the-job training, with study. The majority of apprenticeships require no qualifications
  • The management rank of entry – to join the Royal Navy at this level, you may need a degree or more than 180 UCAS points
  • Ratings are practical and hands-on. You may not need formal qualifications to join.

Royal Navy Branches

The branch determines the type of role you will have in the Naval Service.

The specialist rating and officer roles within the branch perform a vital function across the five services.

For example, you could be an Air Engineering Technician, working in the Engineering branch for the Fleet Air Arm (service), maintaining Lynx helicopters on a ship.

Aviation Branch

Pilots, aircraft controllers and aircrew man helicopters and planes. The Aviation branch is also known as the Fleet Air Arm.

The Aviation Branch work with people from every Navel Service, from pilots to Air Traffic Controllers and Air Engineers.

After initial training you will be part of the ship’s flight, assigned from either Culdrose or Yeovilton. When your ship sails, you will fly to join it, for up to nine months, and must complete all of the essential pre-deployment training. When the ship returns, you will return to your Royal Naval Air Station

Chaplaincy Branch

Chaplains are there to support their Royal Navy Colleagues, acting as friends, advisers and spiritual guides in a multi-faith environment and all walks of life.

A Chaplain carries no rank, but will be part of humanitarian aid work and potentially dangerous combat operations

Engineering Branch

Engineers maintain ships, submarines and aircrafts and work with advanced weapons and communications.

Engineers work together as a close-knit team of problem-solvers. You could start with a degree or with no qualifications. Naval engineering is made for people with inquisitive minds, who want tackle new challenges.

Logistics Branch

Logistics specialists covers roles from administration to chefs and hospitality staff.

Logistics Officers who coordinate the delivery of essential supplies, to an organisation of around 30,000 people

Medical Branch

The medical team keeps Royal Navy staff fit and healthy. As well as roles for qualified doctors, nurses and dentists, there are also training opportunities.

The Medical Branch provides specialist care in NHS hospitals, on ships at sea, or in a field hospital. You could end up working on surface or submarine fleets, as the Royal Navy need medical professionals across all of Services

Police Branch

The Royal Navy Police (RNP) enforce law, discipline, and maintain order for the Royal Navy.

The RNP is the smallest of all police branches in the three services, with its provost marshal holding the rank of commander.

Royal Marines Band Service

The Royal Marines’ require talented musicians who want an active, adventurous life. The Royal Marines Band Service is regarded as one of the world’s most versatile military musical organisations, and provides the Naval Service, Defence and the State with musical and ceremonial excellence.

Royal Marines Band Service. also support the wider Royal Navy and 3 Commando Brigade by providing a range of operational and logistical roles.

Warfare Branch

Warfare specialists work at the frontline of Royal Naval operations, with cutting-edge weapons, comms and surveillance systems. The Warfare branch has expert seamanship, for the surface or submarine fleet, as every mission is carried out with the highest precision.

Royal Navy Basic Training Pack

Before you embark on your chosen career everyone must complete the 10-week Royal Navy Basic Training at HMS Raleigh.

Make sure that you are fully kitted to get off to a good start before you start training by buying our Royal Navy Basic Training Pack which contains your essential items at discounted prices.

 

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