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.

Qualifications

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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Promotion

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

You’ll generally join us on a full career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. You may have the opportunity to serve beyond this, depending on what you want and the needs of the Royal Navy. If you want to leave, you can send us your request one year before completing your specified return of service. How long this return of service is, will depend on the branch you join. You will need to give 12 months’ notice.

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