Eligibility and qualifications

What are we looking for

You’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and common sense. You’ll need to be very fit and have a strong understanding and awareness of safety issues. You need to have an aptitude for practical work and, of course, enjoy being in the water. Above all, you need to work well as part of a team.

For practical advice on the fitness requirements, see the booklet at the link.

Mine Clearance Diver - Get Fit to Apply


You do not need any specific qualifications for this job.  However, we will give preference to those with previous commercial or other diving experience.

You should be aged between 18 and 32.

If you are interested in joining as a Warfare Officer and sub-specialising as a Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officer, see the entry requirements for Warfare Officer at the link:

Warfare Officer

Skills and interests

You should like

  • Working in Challenging Environments
  • Working as Part of a Team
  • Working with Cutting Edge Technology
  • Getting 'Hands On'

You should have these skills

  • Good Physical and Mental Stamina
  • Multi-tasker
  • Good Communicator
  • Reliable

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.

Find out more about lifelong learning


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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