STRENGTH BENEATH THE WAVES
LIFE AS A SUBMARINER
The Royal Navy has submarines deployed all over the world. As you read this, their highly trained crews are tracking aircraft, monitoring ships and supporting our fleet from deep below the surface. Our agile and adaptable Attack Submarines provide covert surveillance that keeps the seas safe for all, while Vanguard-class vessels carry the ballistic missile that are our nation’s nuclear deterrent.
Submariners are some of the Royal Navy’s most exceptional personnel. That’s because you don’t just need to know how to do your job. You also need to know how every bit of the boat works, from its cutting-edge sonar, to its propulsion systems. Why? Because living below the surface for up to three months at a time creates a unique community where everyone helps one another.
STARTING YOUR CAREER
Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.
Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.
Once you have essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it’s time to start your specialist training. This is where you’ll gain a thorough understanding of all the equipment you’ll be using on a day-to-day basis.
After successfully completing your professional training, you will stay another four months at HMS Raleigh in the Submarine School. You’ll learn about submarine operations, including warfare, weapons, nuclear propulsion and escape training, and go to sea in a submarine. After this, there’ll be a test to check your knowledge. When you pass, you’ll earn your ‘Dolphins’ – the coveted badge of a qualified Submariner.
Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:
Submit an application
Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form
Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT)
You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension
A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role
Medical and eye tests
These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors
Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you
Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC)
This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course
Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh