Be the force behind our power at sea

What is the Surface Fleet?

  • With a truly global impact, the Surface Fleet protects our nation’s interests, all over the world
  • From safeguarding our economy to nurturing international partnerships, the Surface Fleet’s missions are as varied as the oceans it covers
  • The Surface Fleet keeps us afloat. From destroyers and frigates to minesweepers and aircraft carriers, it’s one of the world’s most impressive naval powers
  • Each vessel serves a specific purpose and has a specialist crew, from the 280m HMS Queen Elizabeth down to the 15m LCVP MK5 amphibious assault landing craft
  • Because the function of the Surface Fleet is so diverse, all Royal Navy branches have their role to play. So whatever your background or ambition, you’ll find yours

What's it like?

You could be making key decisions and leading a specialist team in the Warfare branch. Or keeping your crew mates fit and healthy in the Medical branch. Whether you focus on a hands-on role or a more strategic position, you’ll play a key part in global naval operations. And that means no two days will ever be the same. Far from it. You might be stopping drug traffickers in the Caribbean, or bringing humanitarian relief to refugees in the Mediterranean. Whatever you do, you’ll take part in global operations with world-class kit. You’ll be the source of the strength behind the Naval Service.

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Chaplain

As a ‘friend and adviser to all’, you’ll preach the word, and give spiritual and moral guidance to any person serving in a fighting force.

What you'll need:
  • Three years of completed ministry 
 
What you'll get:
  • Unique, worldwide, world-class opportunities 
 
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Naval Nurse Reserve

Provide world-class medical care to safeguard our people in challenging environments, all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • An Adult Nursing Diploma, ideally with a specialism
What you'll get:
  • Travel, skills and experience beyond civilian nursing
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Chaplain Reserve

Provide multi-faith spiritual guidance and support that’s as diverse as the people who serve as Reservists.

What you'll need:
  • A theological degree or recognised qualification from a Bible College
What you'll get:
  • The opportunity to work with a unique global congregation
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Cyber Unit Reserve

Use your cyber skills to develop truly unique ones in this ground-breaking part of our nation’s defence.

What you'll need:
  • Proven, in-depth technical skills in your specialism 
What you'll get:
  • Training and experience you simply won’t get anywhere else
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Ex-regular Forces Reserve

Use your existing experience and expertise to make a vital contribution to essential global operations.

What you'll need:
  • Naval experience and the motivation to continue service 
What you'll get:
  • The best of both: combine your home life with military adventure
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General Entry Officer Reserve

Develop specialist skills to lead the teams that make a difference, every day, in a career that’s far from the everyday.

What you'll need:
  • The motivation to push yourself and learn new skills
What you'll get:
  • The best of both: combine home life with training, travel and adventure
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General Entry Rating Reserve

Learn management and leadership techniques in an environment that’s far removed from any office, and excel in a career that runs alongside your day job.

What you'll need:
  • Problem solvers with a keen eye for detail
What you'll get:
  • Determination, discipline, and confidence which will transfer into your civilian life
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Medical Officer Reserve

Play an essential role on the frontline of the medical profession, supporting vital naval operations, all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • General Medical Council registration, with no restrictions, plus a specialism
What you'll get:
  • Medical experience and practice that’s far beyond civilian medicine
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Nursing Officer Reserve

First-class care meets challenging conditions, as you play an essential part in safeguarding our people, all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A Degree or Diploma in Adult Nursing 
What you'll get:
  • Training, travel, adventure – and making a difference 
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Qualified Medical Technician Reserve

If you’re an ODP, Biomedical Scientist or Radiographer, you’ll provide essential medical support to global operations.

What you'll need:
  • A Degree or Diploma appropriate to your specialism 
What you'll get:
  • Training, travel, adventure, and experience far beyond civilian medicine
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Advanced Apprenticeship (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Advanced Apprenticeship (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our cutting-edge kit, part of the team that guarantees our weapons systems are world-class.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Engineering 
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Communications and Information Systems Specialist

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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Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

Apply to receive £1500 a year while you study along with the chance to experience Naval life before you start training.

What you'll need:
  • You must be aged between 16 and 18
What you'll get:
  • World-class leadership and academic development
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with the latest technology
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll maintain and operate complex communication, detection and weapon systems worth millions of pounds.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with technology
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Marine Engineer Officer

You’ll lead the day-to-day maintenance of our cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations couldn’t happen.

What you'll need:
  • A BEng or MEng degree accredited to IEng or CEng level 
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Training Management Officer

You’ll make sure our biggest asset – our people – have the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need, to do the best possible job.

What you'll need:
  • An honours degree in any subject
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Weapon Engineer Officer

You’ll lead a team of skilled engineers to ensure your ship’s efficiency as a state-of-the-art fighting machine.

What you'll need:

  • A degree in maths, physics or engineering

What you'll get:

  • A salary that rises to approx. £45,000 after two years 

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Welbeck Sixth Form Defence College

After two years at Welbeck students are ready for anything, including life at university and beyond.

What you'll need:
  • To excel at GCSE level
What you'll get:
  • World-class leadership and academic development
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Supply Chain Logistician

You’ll manage the delivery of vital stores and equipment to Navy personnel all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • An organised and methodical approach to work
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Writer Logistician

On board you’ll be responsible for Human Resources (HR), handling legal matters and financial administration.

What you'll need:
  • A professional approach to work
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000 after training
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Chef

You’ll run an efficient commercial kitchen, and make sure our people have the food they need to get the job done, wherever they are in the world.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for food and cooking
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £18,000 after Basic Training  
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Hospitality

You’ll provide first-class hospitality, from taking care of senior officers, to ensuring VIPs leave with a good impression.

What you'll need:
  • Attention to detail
What you'll get:
  • An Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services
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Logistics Officer

You’ll ensure our operations run efficiently, and that all of our personnel have what they need, when they need it, wherever they are in the world.

What you'll need:
  • Good problem solving skills  
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £45,000 after two years 
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Dental Hygienist

Experience dental practise incomparable to civilian life, on land or at sea, all over the world. .

What you'll need:
  • A Diploma in Dental Hygiene
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Dental Nurse

Be a central part of a professional dental practise that travels the world looking after the health of our people.

What you'll need:
  • 2 GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including English Language
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Dental Officer

Utilise your professional expertise to make a vital contribution to the well-being of the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day.

What you'll need:
  • A full dental degree and General Dental Council registration
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Environmental Health Officer

Lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are, all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A degree in BSc or MSc in Environmental Health
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Medical Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

What you'll need:
  • To be an ambitious, passionate medical professional
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of at least £25,000
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Nursing Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

What you'll need:
  • To be an ambitious, passionate medical professional
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of at least £25,000
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

What you'll need:
  • A diploma in Mental Health Nursing
What you'll get:
  • World-class training, travel and adventure
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Biomedical Scientist

You’ll provide a clinical laboratory service to support the medical team.

What you'll need:
  • To be a qualified HCPC Biomedical Scientist
What you'll get:
  • Choose the area you want to specialise
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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

You’ll train to become a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist

What you'll need:
  • A passion for helping people
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Medical Assistant

As part of the medical team, you’ll provide day-to-day healthcare for your crewmates.

What you'll need:
  • The desire to care for the sick and injured
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Medical Officer Cadet

Get paid to study at university, and gain all the skills you need for life as a world-class medical practitioner.

What you'll need:
  • A level results that get you into a UK medical school
What you'll get:
  • Travel, skills and experience beyond civilian medicine
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Mental Health Nurse (Student)

You’ll work in one of the Royal Navy Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

What you'll need:
  • 300 UCAS points at A2 Level or above
What you'll get:
  • First-class training and development
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

What you'll need:
  • To be qualified to degree level
What you'll get:
  • First-class training and development
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

What you'll need:
  • To be qualified to degree level
What you'll get:
  • First-class training and development
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Naval Nurse (Student)

You’ll gain the all skills and qualifications you need for a career in nursing.

What you'll need:
  • 240 UCAS points at A2 Level or higher
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded academic and vocational qualifications
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Operating Department Practitioner (Qualified)

You’ll work in MOD hospital units, at sea within the surgical team, or with the Commando Forward Surgical Group.

What you'll need:
  • A DipHE or degree level qualification
What you'll get:
  • A unique and challenging working environment
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Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

You’ll gain all the skills and qualifications you need for a career as an Operating Department Practitioner.

What you'll need:
  • At least 220 UCAS points at A2 Level or higher
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded vocational and academic qualifications
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Radiographer

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A BSc or MSc in Diagnostic Radiography
What you'll get:
  • To test yourself in challenging environments
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Radiographer (Student)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A BSc or MSc in Diagnostic Radiography
What you'll get:
  • To test yourself in challenging environments
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Royal Navy Police

Maintain the vital service discipline that keeps every Naval mission on track.

What you'll need:
  • Leadership skills and a sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • Travel, skills and experience beyond civilian policing
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Communications Technician

You’ll be vital to the ship’s intelligence operation, transforming raw data into indispensable analysis.

What you'll need:
  • An affinity for electronics and computers
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000 
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Hydrography and Meteorology Officer

From the Caribbean to the Antarctic, you’ll lead the way in collecting, processing and analysing vital information.

What you'll need:
  • An appropriate science degree
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training 
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Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

You’ll use advanced equipment to provide information about local tides, currents, sea depth and even the seabed.

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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Mine Clearance Diver

You’ll identify mines or other explosives and dispose of them, whether they’re in shallow water or out at sea.

What you'll need:
  • An aptitude for practical work
What you'll get:
  • Additional pay of up to £32.72 per day
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Mine Warfare Specialist

You’ll find mines using mine-hunting sonar, and deal with them using a remote-controlled disposal vehicle.

What you'll need:
  • Excellent powers of concentration
What you'll get:
  • Real responsibility from day one
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Seaman Specialist

You’ll gain the specialist skills needed to steer the ship, act as lookout and communicate with other ships.

What you'll need:
  • Physical and mental stamina
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Warfare Officer

You’ll contribute to the success of every mission, and make key strategic decisions on some of the most advanced warships in the world.

What you'll need:

  • To be highly organised, with good leadership skills

What you'll get:

  • A salary that rises to £32,000 after two years

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Warfare Specialist

You’ll detect threats to your ship, identify targets and make crucial tactical decisions.

What you'll need:
  • Confidence when making key decisions
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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