Equality and diversity

The Naval Service is a team of over 30,000 men and women, from all walks of life. Because of the diversity of what we do, our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We’re more than the sum of our parts.

We champion equality of opportunity for all, and provide an inclusive working environment for everyone, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation (we’re listed in The Times Top 50 Employers of Women and achieved a Top 10 position in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2016). Our policy is set out by the First Sea Lord (the Royal Navy’s highest-ranking officer), whose personal Diversity and Inclusion Directive is issued to all Naval Service ships, units and shore establishments.

We have a zero tolerance policy on discrimination, harassment and bullying, of any kind. Everyone must be treated fairly, with respect and dignity, and valued as an individual in everything they do.

In order to recognise and harness individual difference and to remove any barriers which might prevent people from joining the Naval Service, we endeavour to give those who wish to do so the opportunity to practise their religious observances wherever possible subject to vital considerations of operational effectiveness, health and safety and business needs. It is important that in applying this policy the needs of individuals are balanced with those of their colleagues and the organisation as a whole.