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More than any other branch of the Royal Navy, joining the Submarine Service means becoming part of a professional, highly-trained and unique team. Why? Because the service works like no other - a submarine crew needs to be ready at a moment’s notice to undertake highly classified operations around the world, from tracking aircraft, ships and submarines to maintaining our nuclear deterrent.

Prepare to be rewarded

The submarine service is arguable one of our most strategically active and vital military branches. For many the opportunity to be at the forefront of our nation’s defence is reward enough, but you get a lot more out of being a submariner than glory alone.

Pay Considerably higher than your surface fleet equivalents
VARIETY An inspiring variety of work from delivering special forces into enemy waters, to tracking aircraft, ships, and submarines
Technology Work with some of the most advanced technology on the planet
Development Advanced training, regardless of your technical speciality (yes, chefs need to know how to drive the submarine)
Respect The admiration of your friends and family
Progression Career prospects that will set you up for life after the Royal Navy

Can You Be Trusted? Really Trusted?

If, after your initial training, you make it to fully-fledged submariner, you’ll be rewarded by receiving your Dolphins (with a £5,000 bonus) - which means your Captain literally trusts you with his life.

Then, as a member of the silent service, you’ll be operating in the strictest confidence. As part of an elite force, you could be delivering special forces into enemy waters undetected, on missions so highly classified only you and a handful of others will ever know they happened.

We’re looking for something special

That you’re even reading this says a lot about you; it says you’re independently minded, that you’ve probably got a taste for adventure and you’re prepared to take on personal responsibility. If that sounds like you, you should definitely take a further look. But you should also know that being part of a submarine crew takes mental strength and a willingness to forgo what ordinary people might consider necessary luxuries. Still interested? - take a further look…

Finding your Role

When you’re part of a submarine crew, you’ll always consider yourself a submariner above all else. But, like any vessel, there are a variety of roles that contribute to the smooth running and strategic effectiveness of the boat*. Whatever technical specialism you decide to pursue, from warfare specialist to engineering officer, you’ll need to know how every system works.

*N.B. A submarine is always referred to as a boat, never a ship.

  • Logistics

    Protecting our nation’s interests at home and worldwide is a huge operation. The Logistics branch makes sure that our ships and submarines have everything they need to be operational for weeks – even months at a time. From food, to equipment, administrative support and even personnel, you’ll have to be switched on to do this job.

    • Chef (Submariner)

      When you could be underwater for months at a time, the role of Chef becomes about a lot more than food. You’ll be at the centre of keeping morale high and health at its optimum. The truth is, for a submarine crew, meals will be something to look…

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    • Logistics Officer Submariner

      Theoretically, a modern-day submarine can stay underwater indefinitely. Its air system is completely independent, generating oxygen from seawater if necessary, and the freshwater and heat is produced onboard too. The only thing that keeps a su…

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    • Steward Catering Services (Submariner)

      Above and below the waves alike, hospitality is a key role in building morale and maintaining the self-reliant culture that makes a submariner career like no other. Away from port you’ll be managing accommodation, helping officers in the ward…

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    • Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner)

      With effectively indefinite nuclear power, oxygen generation capabilities, and freshwater-making technology, the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet can stay under water for an incredible amount of time. In fact, the only thing that means they have…

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    • Writer (Submariner)

      As the professional administrator (Writer, in our language) of a Royal Navy submarine, you have the livelihood of your crew, security of our nation and reputation of the Submarine Service in your hands. Dealing with legal matters, salaries…

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  • Engineering

    From sensitive electronics and information systems to massive gas turbine engines and nuclear weapons. As part of the Engineering branch you’ll be responsible for some of the world’s most cutting edge technology – and keeping it ready for action in extreme, often hostile environments. Where else can your technical skills turn critical situations around?


    • Communications & Information Systems Specialist (Submariner)

      You’ll be a central member of your vessel’s engineering team, using ultramodern radio and satellite systems to communicate with off-vessel command. But it’s more than that - because a submarine’s first line of defence is stealth, you’ll have…

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    • Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

      If you're currently in year 11 or 12 (4th or 5th Year at Scottish secondary Schools), you can apply for a sixth form scholarship for either both years or the final year of sixth form. As well as receiving £1500 a year while you study, you'll...

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    • Engineering Technician (Marine Submariner)

      There’s very little about life as a submariner that’s typical, and engineering is no different. You will be working on some equipment so advanced that it was theory just a few years ago. And even our more established tech is as highly…

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    • Engineering Technician (Weapons Submariner)

      All military branches have their weapons technicians, but when it comes to maintaining and preparing the arsenal of firepower (and defensive technology) on a Royal Navy submarine you’ll be dealing with the kind of technology only a few people…

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    • Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner)

      As an engineering officer, your passion for engineering is a given. But when you’re running a team of extremely competent technical engineers deep underwater, sometimes in silence, you need to ‘get’ people every bit as much as you do machines…

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    • Nuclear Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme

      This is no ordinary apprenticeship. It’s an engineering career like no other.

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    • Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner)

      Any Royal Navy Weapons Engineer Officer needs to be adept at leading a team of highly qualified, incredibly motivated and relentlessly enthusiastic experts with in-depth understanding of IT, explosives and sensor systems. But on a submarine…

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    • Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College

      Welbeck is a tri-Service Sixth Form boarding college designed to provide the academic and military foundation for the Royal Navy's future Engineer Officers.  Situated near Loughborough you will be required to study technical A levels (general...

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  • Medical

    Whether on shore or on board our ships and submarines, during conflict or peacetime, you’ll need to keep the people around you fit, healthy and effective. Serving in the Medical branch of the Royal Navy gives you the unique opportunity to travel and practise hands-on medicine in sometimes extraordinary circumstances.

    • Medical Assistant (Submariner)

      A medical career in itself can be both fascinating and rewarding. Now pursue that career within the operational confines and technical peculiarities of a modern submarine and you’ll be gaining a whole different level of skills and knowledge…

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  • Warfare

    The Warfare branch is our ‘fighting team’, or combat operations arm, that includes our ships, submarines and aircraft. But this branch also does much vital work in peacetime too, helping humanitarian and aid missions and patrolling waters. You’ll need to be cool under pressure and a confident seaman and navigator.

    • Warfare Officer (Submariner)

      In charge of one of three areas - sonar, tactical systems or communications - your submarine’s eyes, ears and defensive capabilities are in your hands. Using your navigation skills to guide your crew and their vessel through underwater…

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    • Warfare Specialist Sensors (Submariner)

      See, but do not be seen. That sounds like a fairly simply task. Until you understand that a submarine has no ‘vision’ in the traditional sense. It’s ‘eyes’ are sound and electrical signals, but you have to decode every echo and murmur into…

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    • Warfare Specialist Tactical (Submariner)

      Working closely with your Warfare Sensor Specialists under the command of your Warfare Officer, you’ll be taking information about what’s happening outside the submarine and deciding what to do about it without a split second to spare…

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