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Careers Reserves Royal Navy

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Welcome to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). Where careful planning and rigorous teamwork make sure the Royal Navy is equipped with everything it needs to be effective – no matter where in the world it deploys.

Wherever. Whenever.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a sophisticated global operation with a fleet of highly specialised ships. We use advanced techniques that allow us to replenish and support Royal Navy warships all over the world, any time they need crucial supplies. 

Do you have the management, planning and teamwork skills needed for a career in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? If you do you’ll have the opportunity to travel the world and experience the rush of adrenaline in your day to day work – all in a civilian service.


The following positions are open for intakes between April and December 2014 for men and women aged 16 years and upwards with British nationality. Please click on the links for further information and to check whether you're eligible to apply.
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Qualified Deck Rating (Seaman Grade 1A)

Officers are recruited throughout the year.


Qualified Deck Officer
Qualified Marine Engineer Officer
Qualified System Engineer Officer


Officer Cadets are recruited throughout the the year for intakes into BRNC Dartmouth in May and September.

Deck Officer Cadet
Marine Engineer Cadet

System Engineer Cadet
- currently only Foundation Degree level, which is only available in September, therefore, recruit for BRNC in May

How to join

Do you have what it takes to keep the Royal Navy effective all over the world? Take a look at what’s involved in our joining process.

Life as an Officer

Officers are the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s management team, providing the leadership and taking the decisions needed to fulfil our many and varied jobs. You’ll also be responsible for the training and development, welfare, morale and ultimately the lives of the people under your command.

Life as a Rating

Your ship isn’t just your workplace. And supplying the Royal Navy isn’t just your job. You’ll get generous paid leave and have plenty of opportunity to play every sport imaginable. What’s more, job security is unrivalled and the salaries compare really well with equivalent Merchant Navy jobs.

Case Study

Deck Officer

In the Royal Fleet Auxiliary,  we have the best of both worlds. We are Ministry of Defence civil servants and we use Royal Navy training, courses and establishments.

I had to make a decision between the MOD police or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Choosing between standing on a gate for 12 hours a day or travelling the world wasn’t a hard decision.


By joining us on one of our Cadetship Schemes, you don’t have to choose between gaining higher qualifications and earning decent money on your way to a career as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Deck or Engineering Officer.

RFA training

Much of your training in the RFA will be on the job. But you’ll also be fully funded to gain your Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) certificates. And if you’re an officer, you’ll have the chance to be funded while you gain higher degrees and management qualifications.

Find your RFA role

Discover more detailed training, eligibility and career development information - choose your RFA role from the Royal Navy role finder tool.

Talk to us

Have questions about joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? Or want to find out more about a role?

Call 08456 04 05 20


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The next step in the process is completing an application form.


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Current RFA vacancies

RFA Communications Rating

You'll ensure information flows quickly and safely between shore establishments, other ships and maritime agencies.

RFA Motorman

As well as the engines, you'll be working on everything from cranes to lifts and other deck gear.

RFA Qualified Deck Hand

Your main jobs will be replenishments at sea (RAS) working either out on deck or at the helm.

RFA Medical Technician

You'll provide emergency medical care for your crewmates to support the ship’s operational capability.