Qualified Officer

Officers are the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s management team. You’ll provide the leadership that ensures we're there whenever and wherever the Royal Navy needs us. As an officer you’ll also be responsible for the development, welfare, morale and ultimately the lives of the people under your command.

How far you take your career is in your hands. It depends on what achieve and the ambition you display. You'll start your career as a cadet or lateral entry officer. As you gain experience and prove yourself in the line of duty, you could work your way up the ranks to Commodore – the highest officer rank in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

What roles are available?

We need officers across all our branches. You might start as a cadet and gain all the skills you need in the RFA, or you could join from the Royal Navy or another maritime organisation. If you have the required qualifications to join directly as a fully-fledged officer, that is termed ‘lateral entry’.

Here are the different officer roles available:

Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel at work.

“I joined the RFA after 14 years’ service in the Royal Navy. During that time I specialised in communications, but wished to broaden my skills in electrical and electronic engineering. I identified the role of Systems Engineer in the RFA as an opportunity to achieve that.

“Having passed the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB), I then spent 8 weeks at Britannia Royal Navy College before passing out and starting specialist training at HMS Sultan. My first appointment was to RFA Larg’s bay, which was carrying out Atlantic patrol North/South duties in and around the Caribbean area before transiting to Canada.

“I’ve enjoyed a real range of operations since then, and I’ve developed a lot as an engineer – and as a leader. I can’t imagine a more rewarding career.”

Martin, System Engineer Officer