This step-by-step guide runs you through the general process for joining the Royal Navy. For some areas, like the Royal Marines or Royal Fleet Auxiliary, it’s slightly different. To see the specific steps, choose a position using the Role Finder or take a look at officer and rating roles.
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Everyone joining the Royal Navy has to meet some basic entry requirements. These differ depending on the service you’d like to join, whether you want to be an officer or a rating – and whether you’d like to be a full time regular or a spare time Reserve. See if you’re eligible to join.
When can I join?
You can join most Royal Navy branches from 16, up to your 37th birthday. The age limit for becoming an officer is different – and you must be within it when you enter Britannia Royal Naval College. If you’re too young, we can put you on a waiting list.
Pre Royal Navy Course
If you’ve applied to join the Royal Navy as a Rating and have passed our recruit test, fitness test, medical and interview, you will need to attend this four-day induction course. This allows you to sample life in the Royal Navy and confirm that you are ready for entry.
Funding & scholarships
With the Royal Navy’s generous
funding and scholarships, we’ll help
you through your studies – whether
it’s A-levels or a university degree.
And you can earn money while you
do it too. Read on to learn about the
many funding opportunities.
Get fit to join
If you’re thinking of joining the Royal Navy you’ll need to make sure you’re in great shape – and have the strength and stamina to survive, and make the most of, basic training. To help you get ready, we’ve put together a fitness programme which will get you in the zone.
How to join the Royal Marines
Becoming a Royal Marine involves a different process to the rest of the Royal Navy. Think you have what it takes? And interested in getting the Royal Marine state of mind? Take a look at what’s involved in our joining process.