How to join


Wondering what the Royal Navy entry requirements are – or how you go about joining the Royal Navy as a Reservist? This step-by-step guide will help you through.

1. Get In Touch

Call us on 0345 600 3222. A short chat is all it takes to find out if you’re eligible to apply to the Royal Naval Reserve.
You can also use our online Role Finder Tool to see which position suits you best.

2. Apply

Once we’ve confirmed your eligibility we’ll invite you to an optional presentation at your local unit. This is your opportunity to find out more about the Royal Naval Reserve from Reservists themselves.
Whether you attend or not, we’ll will send you an application form. After you complete and return it, your local Armed Forces Careers Office will then contact you directly to arrange the next steps in the recruiting process.

3. Recruitment Test

This tests your academic ability. There are four separate parts to it which you have to complete within a limited time. These measure: general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension
We recommend trying some mock tests using our booklet. Download booklet (PDF).

4. Medical & Eye Test

You’ll need to pass a medical to show you’re fit and healthy.
You will also have to pass an eyesight test since good vision is critical in the Royal Navy. You will need to have your medical and eye tests done by one of our Ministry of Defence approved doctors but don’t worry, they’re based all around the country so there should be one near you.

5. Pre-joining Fitness Test

Before you can join you'll have to pass the Royal Navy's pre-joining fitness test. So get yourself in the best shape possible to have the greatest chance of passing. It will also help with basic training too. 

6. Welcome Aboard

When you've passed the various tests and check you can then officially begin your Royal Naval Reserve training.

Talk to us

0345 600 3222

8am-8pm Mon to Fri, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun

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