communications technician

Eligibility and qualifications

What are we looking for

To join the Royal Navy as a Communications Technician it is vital that you have common sense and commitment, plus a technical and analytical mind. Also, an interest in electronics and computers is a real plus as the type of information you will be processing will not only involve speed but also accuracy. Effective communication skills are essential as you will be expected to brief senior officers in a clear and confident way (both spoken and written). You will undoubtedly have a varied and rewarding career as a Communications Technician but it is important to realise that you will be working in some challenging conditions, both at sea and on land operations.


Two GCSEs (A* to C) or Scottish Standard Grades (1 to 3) or equivalent, in English and Maths.

You must be aged between 16 and 36 years.

Skills and interests

You should like

  • Working as Part of a Team
  • Working in challenging Environments
  • Working with Cutting Edge Technology
  • A taste for Adventure



You should have these skills

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Good Communicator
  • Multi-tasker
  • Reliable and Discreet


Career progression

Skills for Life

Training will be a constant feature of your time with us. We’ll help you gain academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. You can also work towards NVQs and other vocational awards. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer.

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You’ll start your career as an Able Rate. With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand. After that, you may go on to become a Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, then a Warrant Officer. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you may also have the chance to become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be chosen for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can quickly rise through the ranks.

Pay & benefits

Initially we will offer you a career for 12 years. For ratings, when you are first promoted your offer will be extended to 20 years or until age 40, whichever is later. For officers, you will automatically receive this same extension when you achieve a key point in your career path or by selection on merit. Everyone may have the opportunity to serve beyond this, depending what you would like to do and the needs of the Royal Navy.

If you would like to leave the Royal Navy you can send us your request one year before completing your return of service. A return of service is the length of time you must stay in the Royal Navy after you reach a certain stage in your training. Ultimately it will depend on the branch you join but the return of service is usually around 4 years.

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