FAQs

Joining

  • Can I get funding while I’m still at university?

    It doesn’t matter that you’ve already started your degree; you could still be eligible to apply for funding for the rest of your time at university. Bursaries of up to £4,000 a year are available to students who are still at university. As well as financial help while you study, you’ll also have the security of knowing that you’ll have a job with us waiting for you when you graduate. We offer several types of bursary and cadetship – learn more and find out if you’re eligible for funding here.

  • What are the academic entry requirements?

    We have roles available for graduates of all disciplines. Different qualifications are required for each role, so use our tool to find the right job for you. The specific role pages detail the specific qualification and eligibility requirements.

  • What is an officer role?

    Royal Navy officers are an essential part of the Naval command team. Their focus, quick thinking and decision making help protect our nation’s interests every single day. They are also responsible for the training, development, welfare, morale and ultimately the lives of the team that look to and rely on them, often in dangerous and challenging circumstances. Officer recruits are the future leaders of the Royal Navy. It’s no ordinary job; it requires bright, ambitious leaders who are dedicated and hard-working, and who want to make a difference every day. It’s a challenging role, but with the rewards, benefits and lifelong career progression to match.

  • When can I apply?

    Unlike most graduate schemes, applications are open all year round, so there’s no ‘deadline’ for most roles.

    Britannia Royal Naval College (where successful recruits begin their Phase 1 training) has four intakes each year, in February, May, September and November. If you know which intake you would like to join, and to ensure that you have passed all of your tests and interviews in time, you will need to start your application process at least six months in advance. For Medical Officers and Royal Marine Officers, however, there is only one intake each year. This is in September, so ideally you should begin your application at the start of the year (or earlier) in which you wish to join.

Pension

  • Do I receive a pension if I have been in the Royal Navy?

    You will receive a generous pension after 20 years of service – not something available in many civilian roles these days.

Pay

  • How does Royal Navy pay compare to other careers?

    We offer competitive salaries that blow many other graduate jobs out of the water. As an Officer, you’ll be paid from the moment you start training, with a salary of £25,200 as soon as you arrive at Britannia Royal Naval College. You’ll be earning between £31,115 and £33,507 after the first year, and your pay will increase as you work up through the ranks, with some senior roles paying over £90,000.

    On top of a competitive salary, we offer a £27,000 joining bonus for Engineer Officers, Training Management Officers and Environmental Health Officers. This is paid in three instalments when you complete certain phases of your professional training. There are ‘golden hellos’ of up to £5,000 available to other roles too, so get in touch with one of our careers advisers to find out more.

Training

  • How hard is the training?

    Make no mistake, initial training is tough, and will push you mentally and physically. Preparation and the right attitude are key to success. If you get in shape and follow the training schedule, you’ll stand the best chance of making it through.

  • How long is the initial training?

    Initial officer training lasts for 15-30 weeks, followed by the professional training that depends on the specialism you choose.

Holiday

  • How much annual leave will I get?

    You will get six weeks of paid holiday and time off on all non-working weekends, whether you’re at home or abroad. You also benefit from generous maternity and paternity leave.

Benefits

  • What benefits are available when I join?

    The Royal Navy has a package of benefits seldom equalled by civilian employers. This includes a good pension, low cost accommodation, free medical and dental cover, and a range of travel expense entitlements. Sports facilities are also available on most ships and all shore establishments, and are free to use. Extra money and time away from your place of work is sometimes available for sport and adventure training, and education and development courses.