Being a Medical Assistant in the Royal Navy means embarking on a career that offers more variety and adventure than you’d ever experience in civilian medicine. From the day you join, you’ll gain new skills, pushing yourself to the limit in some unique and challenging environments. You could be training with Special Forces in West Africa, or working in primary care on board a ship in the Persian Gulf.

You Will:

  • Make a real difference to some essential operations. That might mean being the only medic on board ship, and taking responsibility for the general healthcare of an entire crew.
  • Use your medical expertise where it’s needed most, providing primary healthcare to trauma victims in conflict zones all over the world
  • When you’re not on deployment you will be working in a Royal Navy shore base or even with the Royal Marines. There’s no equivalent civilian role, so you’ll gain all the skills you need.
  • Work across all medical departments, learning directly from specialists in a number of different fields

Why Work For Us?


A salary that rises to at least £20,000 as soon as you finish training


An excellent pension scheme


Six weeks of paid holiday every year.


Free medical and dental care

Qualifications you’ll gain:

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, paid for by us
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses.


  • There are no minimum qualification requirements
  • You’ll need to be aged at least 16 – 39
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Dual National, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying

Skills and interests:

  • A quick thinker with a passion for helping people
  • Great team players who thrive on working with others
  • Enthusiasm for working in high pressure environments
  • Hands on people who can react fast in an emergency

    Skills you’ll develop:
    • Learn about first aid, environmental and preventative medicine, anatomy and physiology
    • Develop your skills in specialist areas, like pharmacy or nursing.

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