What do I need?

Becoming an officer in the Royal Navy takes focus and fitness, dedication and determination. It means being able to think quickly and act smartly in challenging situations, when your team are looking to you to lead them.


We’ll equip you with the tools you need to succeed, so that the vital decisions you need to make on the job become second nature. Whether you’re orchestrating an anti-piracy operation off the Somali coast or distributing food parcels in Haiti, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Focus And Fitness

Fitness, in body and mind, is imperative. And it’s not just the 2.4km run you have to do before you even start training, or the physical fitness levels you’ll need every day as an officer. It means mental sharpness and agility, too. It means being able to focus on the situation in hand, while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

Dedication and Determination

You’ll be getting stuck in from the moment you start training, and we’re there to support you. But that doesn’t mean we’ll be holding your hand - you’ll need to be dedicated and show determination from day one, because your ability to lead in challenging situations is paramount.

Eligibility and Qualifications

We’re looking for people with leadership potential. Who think on their feet and are responsible. People who aren’t afraid of a challenge and know the value of teamwork – because at the end of the day, lives are at stake.

There are minimum academic standards we expect from all our officer candidates. Some specialist roles also require a particular subject or level of qualification. Currently the standards are:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including English Language and Maths 
  • 180 UCAS points from the UCAS tariff table, which must include 2 non-overlapping subjects and each subject must be allocated at least 45 UCAS points.
  • Engineering & Medical roles require relevant degree qualifications

You must have normally gained qualifying subjects within a maximum spread of 13 months and they need to be of a sufficient academic content. We will also consider equivalent educational qualifications.

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