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Application process

To start with you must attend an initial interview or presentation. Then you must pass several tests and interviews.

These include:

  • Recruitment test
  • Medical and eye test
  • Pre joining fitness test
  • Pre Royal Navy Course
  • Security and Reference Check

For the full list of medical criteria, download our Eligibility and Guidance Notes (PDF).


You must:

Be able to swim a minimum of 50m in under 4 minutes…without touching the bottom of the pool.

Can you swim 50 metres in under four minutes wearing a swimming costume without touching the bottom or sides of the pool? Then exit the pool unaided and without using steps?

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Tests and interviews you must pass

Recruitment test


This tests your academic ability. There are four separate parts to it which you have to it which you have to complete within a limited time. These measure:

  • General reasoning
  • Verbal ability
  • Numeracy
  • Mechanical comprehension

We suggest trying some mock tests using our booklet. Download booklet (PDF)

Medical & eye tests


To become an Advanced Apprentice, you’ll first have to pass a medical exam and eye test to show you’re fit and healthy.                                             

You will also have to pass an eyesight test since good vision is critical in the Royal Navy. You will be reading maps and charts , monitoring radars, and working on complex equipment.

You will need to have your medical and eye tests done by one of our Ministry of Defence approved doctors but don’t worry, they’re based all around the country so there should be one near you. You can find out exactly what we’re looking for during the medical and eye test by viewing the medical criteria page.

Pre Joining Fitness Test


The Pre Joining Fitness involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill at a fitness centre near you. Below are the times you’ll need to meet according to your age and sex.

Royal Navy Pre Joining Fitness Test
Age Men Women
15 - 24 11 mins 09 secs 13 mins 10 secs
25 - 29 11 mins 33 secs 13 mins 37 secs
30 - 34 11 mins 58 secs 14 mins 05 secs
35 - 39 12 mins 23 secs

14 mins 33 secs

Pre Royal Navy Course


Once you’ve passed our recruitment test, fitness test, medical and interview, you will need to attend the Pre Royal Navy Course, which is a four day induction. This will allow you to sample life in the Royal Navy and confirm that you are ready for entry.

The course runs at our Acquaint Centres in two locations: HMS Collingwood in Hampshire and MOD Caledonia in Rosyth. 

The course is designed to give you an introduction to life and work in the Royal Navy, including:

  • Our initial training programme for Ratings at HMS Raleigh
  • Our ethos and values
  • Kit, drill, discipline, teamwork and personal responsibilities
  • The working environment of a surface warship or submarine
  • Fitness standards and healthy living
  • Weapon handling

You will also have to complete two fitness tests successfully:

  • A 2.4km run completed on a track within specific times
  • Swim 50 metres in under four minutes wearing a swimming costume without touching the bottom or sides of the pool. You must enter and exit the pool unaided and without using steps

If you make it through, you'll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh.

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