The Life

Learn to Lead

Life as an officer in the Royal Navy is beyond compare. As challenging as it is rewarding, it’s a life of adventure, purpose and excitement. A life without limits. As an officer, you’re part of the command team that is the future of the Royal Navy, leading a team of men and women who look to you in challenging and dangerous situations, in times of conflict and peace. We give you all the training you need to be an effective leader. How far you take it is up to you.


From civvy street to navy leader

Physically exhausted. Mentally stretched. But always leading. As a Royal Navy officer, you need the skills and quick thinking that can mean the difference between life and death. You have responsibility from the day you join us for 15-30 weeks at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. Phase 1 training is made up of ‘Militarisation’, ‘Marinisation’ and ‘Initial fleet time’, to give you the skills and knowledge you need to be an officer. Ready?


reach the top of your game

Once you’ve successfully completed your Phase 1 training, it’s time to complement it with your specialisation. With 19 different officer roles to choose from, your professional training is a combination of life at sea and being in the classroom. It hones the specialist skills you need to be an effective leader in the Royal Navy – and starts you on your journey through the ranks.

travel & adventure

calling all adventurers

Hanging out of a plane at 12,000 feet. Carving corners on a mountainside. Or donning crampons to scale one. As a graduate in the Royal Navy, adventure goes with the territory. But on top of the day-to-day exhilaration that comes with Naval life, you’ll be going on adventurous training twice a year. Having fun and getting paid for it? You’re in the right place.

helping others

help. here, there and everywhere.

There’s more to Naval life than protecting our nation’s interests in times of peace and conflict. The Royal Navy is central to the world’s humanitarian aid and relief efforts, delivering vital support and resources to people affected by natural – or manmade – disasters. It’s all part of a day’s work as a Royal Navy officer.

continous development

how far do you want to go?

The Royal Navy’s most important asset isn’t a Type 45 Destroyer or a Lynx Wildcat, or any of the other state-of-the-art equipment we use every day to protect our nation’s interests. First and foremost, it’s our people. People like you. You will have the opportunity to learn, study and develop throughout your career, paid for by us. How far you want to go is entirely up to you.

"Since day one I’ve felt challenged, rewarded and valued as a team member. Whilst my friends are working desk jobs, I am exceeding limits I didn’t believe were possible"
Lt Rob Lisle, Warfare Submarine Officer


fighting fit, in body and mind

Months away from loved ones. Long days. Being pushed to the mental and physical limit. Life in the Royal Navy will challenge you, there’s no doubt. But with a far-reaching support network, you get all the mental, emotional and physical support you need – no matter where in the world you are.