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What is the Submarine Service?

  • Known as the Silent Service, our Submarine Service is world-renowned, conducting highly classified stealth operation
  • Our submarines remain hidden but see and hear everything, from tracking aircraft, ships and submarines to maintaining Trident, our nuclear deterrent
  • You’ll be part of a highly trained, elite team, ready at a moment’s notice to carry out global missions
  • Whether you’re an officer or a rating, first and foremost you’ll be a Submariner, member of a team that’s revered and respected in the Royal Navy
  • It takes a special type of person to be a Submariner, and living and working closely withyour crewmates, and reflected in the honour of wearing the coveted Dolphins badge.

What's it like?

Stealth. Being in the Submarine Service for the Royal Navy is about stealth. It’s about working as a team that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. And it’s about using state-of-the-art technology and carrying out crucial missions beneath the sea in highly demanding situations. All without anyone knowing what you’re doing. You could be working on one of our four Vanguard-class ballistic submarines, or our Astute-class attack vessels, and you’ll have to deal with huge amounts of responsibility. Our nuclear submarines are some of the most powerful weapons in existence.

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Communications and Information Systems Specialist (Submariner)

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

What you'll need:
  • A hands-on, can-do attitude, and technological aptitude
What you'll get:
  • All the tools you need for a world-class engineering career
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Engineering Technician (MARINE ENGINEERING) (SUBMARINER)

You’ll work on sophisticated equipment that is essential to keeping our submarines moving.

What you'll need:
  • Physical and mental stamina
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) (Submariner)

You’ll maintain the firepower and defensive technology of a Royal Navy submarine.

What you'll need:
  • To be a team player
What you'll get:
  • Hands-on training with high-tech equipment
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Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll oversee the maintenance and operation of a nuclear reactor, leading a team that solves complex problems in often challenging conditions.

What you'll need:
  • A degree in maths, physics or engineering 
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £45,000 after two years 
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Marine Engineer (Submariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS MESM)

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

What you'll need:
  • A sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • A BEng degree, paid for by us
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Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll lead a team of specialist engineers on one of two types of cutting-edge submarines, on highly classified global missions.

What you'll need:
  • A BEng or MEng degree accredited by the Engineering Council
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Weapon Engineering (Submariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS (WESM))

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

What you'll need:
  • A sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • A BEng degree, paid for by us
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Hospitality (Submariner)

You’ll provide the hospitality that’s essential to keeping morale high on a nuclear submarine.

What you'll need:
  • High levels of professionalism
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Writer (Submariner)

You’ll be in charge of Human Resources (HR) as part of one of the Navy’s most elite teams.

What you'll need:
  • To thrive on responsibility
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Logistics Officer (Submariner)

You’ll lead a team of logisticians to make sure your submarine and personnel have everything they need to stay operationally effective.

What you'll need:
  • The ability to work in challenging environments
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £45,000 after two years
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Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner)

You’ll ensure Submariners have the equipment and supplies they need for long periods below the surface.

What you'll need:
  • A sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • A £5,000 bonus when you earn your Dolphins
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Chef (Submariner)

Part of the Silent Service, you’ll join a unique team and learn how to run a successful commercial kitchen on highly classified missions.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for food and hospitality
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £18,000 after Basic Training  
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Medical Assistant (Submariner)

You’ll pursue a medical career as part of an elite and highly respected team.

What you'll need:
  • The desire to care for the sick and injured
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Warfare Officer (Submariner)

In charge of sonar, tactical systems or communications, you’ll lead a team that acts as the eyes, ears and defence capabilities of its vessel.

What you'll need:

  • Good decision-making and leadership skills 

What you'll get:

  • Professional training 

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Warfare Specialist Sensors (Submariner)

You’ll use the most sophisticated sensors to create a picture of what’s happening on the surface.

What you'll need:
  • The ability to work in a methodical and accurate way
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Warfare Specialist Tactical (Submariner)

You’ll decide on the level of threat posed by detected vessels to make key decisions.

What you'll need:
  • An affinity for cutting-edge technology
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded vocational and academic qualifications
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