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Eligibility & qualifications

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Both men and women can become join as a Communications Technician. You will need to have:

  • Two GCSEs (A* to C) in English or Maths
  • Or Scottish Standard Grades (1 to 3) or equivalent
  • British nationality

Also, if you have tattoos that are visible in parade uniform you won’t be allowed to join. There are several other eligibility criteria that you need to meet as well. Please take a look at the tabs below.

To join you must have:

British nationality.

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Eligibility in detail

Age

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To join you must be:

  • At least 15 years old and 9 months when you apply
  • At least 16 years old on entry
  • Under 37 years old when you begin basic training

If you’re too young to apply, you can get a taste of the Royal Navy life by joining the Sea Cadets.

Nationality

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To join you need to be a have British nationality.

Criminal convictions

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If you’ve been convicted you may still be able to join. Certain kinds of offences or serving certain types of sentences, might however permanently prevent you from entering or re-entering the Royal Navy.

Security and CRB Checks

For all branches of the Royal Navy you will need to complete a full Security Check. This is done online and checks your details against Government data. You will have to declare all previous convictions, whether spent or not. To find out more, take a look at the MoD Form 493 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Tattoos and piercings

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Most tattoos or piercings are not a problem but if they’re offensive, obscene or excessive in size or number you won’t be allowed into the Royal Navy. 

If your tattoos are visible in parade uniform you won’t be able to join. This means any tattoos on your head, neck and hands.

When you apply to join you’ll need to fill in a form describing your tattoos and their locations and show them to us during you medical examination.

Piercings

If you have body piercings which cause holes that don’t close up (known as flesh tunnels) you will not be able to join the Royal Navy. If the holes have healed up or are in the process of doing so without leaving a hole, you will be eligible.

For health and safety reasons you will have to remove certain body piercing jewellery before taking part in any physical activity during the application and selection process.

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