A diverse Royal Navy

We believe in giving people the same opportunities. What’s more, we value the individual skills and abilities that come with a diverse workforce. This is why Royal Navy jobs are open to everyone regardless of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. Because the only thing that matters to us is operational effectiveness.

The only area currently not open to some of our female personnel is the Royal Marine Commandos – but we regularly review this policy. We also have some exemptions from employment based on age and disability.

If you have questions about diversity and inclusion – or need support and advice you can contact any of our dedicated internal resource or visit any of the external organisations below.

Diverse Naval Service

Upholding Diversity and Inclusion

We have a unified diversity strategy that is set by the MOD – and which recognises everyone’s unique contribution, their talents and experience. And as an employer, we have processes in place to make sure our staff are looked after. These processes reflect our belief in:

  • Treating everyone fairly, with respect and dignity.
  • Recognising that we are all different and using those differences to benefit the team.

  • Removing all forms of bias, prejudice and stereotyping that lead to unfair discrimination.
  • Eradicating bullying and harassment and valuing the contribution that every person makes to the team.
  • Ensuring that all our people feel respected, valued and supported and that they play an essential role in the organisation.

Diversity and Inclusion Guidance

What you need to know

We believe our people should be able to work in an environment free from intimidation, humiliation, harassment or abuse. So we ask all Royal Navy personnel to read the comprehensive guidance on Diversity and Inclusion – and understand what we expect of them in the workplace.

Find out more (PDF)

Diversity and Inclusion Directive

The First Sea Lord and the Navy Board are committed to making sure that the Royal Navy provides you with an environment that is disciplined and fair, and in which the principles of Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental parts of leadership. You can read the full statement here.

First Sea Lord's Diversity and Inclusion Directive (PDF)

Need support?

Internal organisations

If you would like support about any diversity and inclusion matter there are a number of internal organisations you can contact. 

These include the Naval Service LGBT Forum, Naval Servicewomen's Network, Naval Service Parent's Network, the religious or belief forum, societies, groups and minority support networks and Civilian Chaplains to the Military (Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh).

Find out more

External organisations

If you would like advice from an external body, there are a number of organisations you can turn to. These include:

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