A Life without Limits

Life as a Royal Navy officer gives you benefits and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. There are rewarding opportunities throughout your career – both on and off duty.

Key benefits

Career progression

The Royal Navy has a clear career structure all the way to the top – if you have the drive and the talent.

6 weeks paid holiday

plus Bank Holidays, additional shore leave (on deployment) and two weeks of adventurous training every year.


salary within the first year, plus additional payments for time spent at sea.

Submariner Salary

If you take on submariner duties, you can expect significant extra pay.

Reduced living costs

Free health and dental care, subsidised living costs inc. accommodation and meals.


Familiar sports like football, rugby and tennis, as well as less common judo, skydiving, kite surfing and bobsleigh.

Quality Training

Gain professional qualifications, recognised by civilian and military employers, as well as universally-admired Royal Navy training.

University Vs the Royal Navy?

  University Royal Navy
Study for a degree Yes Yes
Great social life - make friends for life Yes Yes
Great skills and training ensure future employability Yes Yes
Learn self-discipline and key personal skills Maybe Yes
Pop back home to get your washing done Yes No
Travel the world No Yes
What it does to your bank account -£44,000average debt after 3 years* +£30,000typical annual salary after one year

If you’re still keen on going to university, bursaries for between £1,500 and £15,379 per year are available to Royal Navy officer candidates. Find out more.

*Figures from Institute of Fiscal Studies

What we need from you

  • Good with people
  • The potential to lead and inspire others
  • Ability to think and act under pressure
  • Good levels of physical fitness
  • The commitment to learn and train hard
  • 180 UCAS points (see website for details)
  • At least 5 GCSEs at grade A–C including English and Maths

There’s nothing else like it

It’s a common misconception that joining the Royal Navy means you’re in it for good. But that’s simply not true. A normal minimal contract is four years. However, if you find that it's not for you, you can leave at any time within the first 30 weeks.

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