How to join the RFA

Once you’ve decided that you’re interested in a career in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, it’s time to begin the formal recruitment process.

Get in touch


A short chat is all it takes to find out if you’re eligible to apply to the RFA. Call us on 0345 604 0520.

Your application


Once we've talked to you, we’ll let you know whether we have vacancies in the specialist area you’re interested in. Assuming we do, or we can offer you a suitable alternative, we’ll invite you to fill in an application form.

Your way ahead


When we’ve considered your application form we may invite you to come to a formal interview at HMNB Portsmouth.

Once you have completed this interview successfully and if you’ve chosen to be an officer we’ll invite you to attend the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) at HMS Sultan in Hampshire. This will give you a chance to show us that you have the skills and personal qualities we’re looking for in a potential Royal Fleet Auxiliary officer.

Fit to join


To serve in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, you will need to pass and receive the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) medical fitness certificate. You’ll usually hear this referred to as an ENG1. You will also need to meet our own medical standards, including colour vision (the way you see and interpret colours).

Welcome aboard


When you’ve passed the various tests and checks, we’ll make you a formal job offer for our next available training course.

The RFA currently have a number of vacancies. The positions are open to men and women aged 16 upwards. Please use our Role finder to select a job based on your skills and interests.

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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.

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    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.

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      RFA cadetships

      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.

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        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.

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