Medical care doesn’t get more hands on – or exciting – than this.

When you join the medical branch of the Royal Navy you will be tested in a way you could never have in a civilian medical job. Because sometimes you’ll have to practise in extraordinary circumstances. And you’ll learn things you couldn’t learn any other way.

But that is exactly why people join the Royal Navy’s medical branch. Because no two days are the same – whether in times of peace, tension or conflict.

Experience front line medicine

From intensive care, theatre nursing, orthopaedics, burns and plastic surgery, A&E nursing and primary care – to radiation medicine. Being in the Royal Navy’s medical branch is one of the most exciting ways you could practise medicine.

Your medical skills will have a direct impact on your colleagues’ morale and the Royal Navy’s overall fighting effectiveness– whether on shore, or on board our ships and submarines.

So if you relish a challenge and a rewarding job, and have a bright and positive attitude, this is one of the most satisfying roles you could do in the Royal Navy.

Case study

Royal Navy Nurse
Nursing Officer

Heather always wanted to be a nurse, but somehow ended up as an accountant – which she didn’t enjoy. One day she went into the Armed Forces Careers Office, signed up and never looked back.

I had to pass the Admiralty Intervew Board (AIB), which was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. But my passing-out parade was one of the proudest moments of my life.

Nursing Officer

As a Nursing Officer, you’ll join Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS), leading a team providing medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on shore and at sea,

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Royal Fleet Auxiliary


The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a sophisticated global operation with a fleet of highly specialised ships. We use advanced techniques that allow us to replenish and support Royal Navy warships all over the world, any time they need crucial supplies.

Submarine Service


As a Submariner you will be living and working in an extraordinary, covert environment. Where you’ll be part of a close-knit community where lives literally depend on your ability to work as part of a team, safely and with great attention to detail.

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