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Find out if you can apply

Considering an application to become a ? First you need to find out if you’re eligible – and be clear on what’s involved:

  • Online eligibility assessment (approx. 10 minutes)
  • Online application (approx. 5 minutes)
  • Recruitment tests
  • Medical & eye tests
  • Fitness tests

Pass all of these and you’ll be able to join the Royal Naval Reserve.

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

To join you must be:

  • At least 15 years old and 9 months when you apply
  • At least 16 years old on entry
  • Under 40 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.

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