Submarine Service

Secretly patrolling the world’s seas. And keeping an eye on ships and other submarines.

As a submariner you will be living and working in an extraordinary, covert environment. 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.

A breed apart

You will have an enormous amount of responsibility. Because you’ll be part of the crew running one of our nuclear submarines. So far we have never had to use these formidable weapons. But being in charge of something so important is what gives submariners their extraordinary team spirit.

It takes a special kind of person to be on assignment, deep under the surface for weeks on end. But if you’re ready for a real mental and physical challenge the submariner service could be for you.

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Logistics officer
Logistics (Submariner)

For Gary, being responsible for such powerful weapons and part of the process for firing weapons them gives him great job satisfaction and enjoyment. Because he knows what he and his unit are achieving.


The atmosphere on the submarine is built on real teamwork and team spirit.

Logistics Submariner

As a Logistics Officer (Submariner) you’ll have to make sure your submarine is effective on operations. Your organisational skills will be crucial in keeping your submarine’s position secret. Because your submarine can only stay underwater as long as it has the supplies it needs.

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Roles by branch



The Royal Navy is a tight knit community. And as its chaplain your ‘parish’ will be a group of ordinary people doing everyday jobs in extraordinary circumstances and places. Your role gives you the remarkable privilege of being friend and adviser to all – regardless of rank. 



Protecting our nation’s interests at home and worldwide is a huge operation. The Logistics branch makes sure that our ships, submarines and our 35,000 people 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 – because up to 1,000 crew members will be depending on you.



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.

Royal Marine Band Service


In the Royal Marines Band Service you can combine your musical talent with a life of action and camaraderie.

Throughout your career with the Royal Marines Band Service you will be playing at a consistently high level – for heads of state, for royalty and foreign dignitaries. As well as taking part in our world famous marching band.

You will also receive one of the world’s most demanding and prestigious musical educations you could get. Because before you join one of our five bands, you’ll learn from some of the best civilian professors, as well as out own instructors, who’ve played with top orchestras.

Royal Marines Reserve


The Royal Marines Reserve is a part-time force of civilian volunteers, who give the Royal Marines extra manpower in times of peace and humanitarian crisis or war. You’ll be trained to the same standards as the regular Royal Marines, have to pass the same commando tests and, of course, wear the same coveted green beret.

Royal Naval Reserve


The Royal Naval Reserve is a part-time force of civilian volunteers, who provide the Royal Navy with the additional trained people it needs at times of tension, humanitarian crisis, or conflict.



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. And if you show the potential, you can move up the ranks to command your own ship or submarine.

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