Ranks & roles

Can you lead under pressure? Are you ready to boost morale and look after those under you? Prove yourself and you could move up the ranks.

  • Able Rate

    You’ll begin your career as a Third Officer.
  • Second Officer

    As you gain experience and qualifications you could progress to Second Officer. You could even be the head of your department in this rank as a Logistics Supply Officer.
  • First Officer

    As a First Officer you’ll be in charge of an entire department on a ship or shore base.
  • Chief Officer

    With the rank of Chief Officer, you’ll oversee most of the ship’s functions within your department.
  • Captain

    By now a very senior officer, you’ll be in command of a ship in the Deck department, be in charge of your department as an Marine Engineer or head of your department ashore as a Systems Engineer or Logistics Supply Officer.
  • Commodore

    When you’re appointed Commodore, you’ll have achieved the highest officer rank in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
  • Deck Officer

    You'll take charge of Replenishment at Sea (RAS) operations as the Officer of the Watch on the bridge.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Deck Officer Cadet

    You’ll be training to carry out a responsible and challenging job, while studying for a recognised higher qualification, preparing to become an Officer of the Watch.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Logistic Supply Officer

    You're in charge of the catering on board, responsible for a large budget and an inventory worth millions of pounds.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • HND in Logistics, Hospitality and Catering, or Logistics
  • Marine Engineer Officer

    You'll be responsible for some of the most important mechanical equipment and systems on your ship.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Marine Engineer Officer Cadet

    You’ll be training to carry out a responsible and challenging job, while studying for a recognised higher qualification and preparing to become a Marine Engineer Officer of the Watch.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • System Engineering Officer Cadet

    You’ll be training to carryout a responsible and challenging job, while studying for a recognised higher qualification, preparing to become a qualified System Engineer.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Systems Engineer Officer

    You’ll be working anywhere on board maintaining and repairing the complex and varied electrical equipment and systems on your ship.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A-level

Muck in. Be one of the gang. Pull your weight. Contribute to the team and the mission. Travel. See the world. Are you ready for the most exciting civilian career you could ever have?

  • RFA

    Whatever your job, you’ll start your career as a trainee.
  • Rating

    When you have finished your training and have the sea time and reports you need, you’ll progress to a qualified rating.
  • Leading Hand

    With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand, often managing a small team within your department.
  • Petty Officer

    As a Petty Officer you’ll have responsibility for certain sections within your department.
  • Leading Hand

    The rank of Chief Petty Officer gives you more responsibility within the team, with the officers relying heavily on your skills and experience.
  • Chef Apprentice

    You’ll provide your crew mates with the nutritious meals the need to do their physically demanding jobs.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Steward Apprentice

    You'll look after your ship's living areas and get involved with replenishments at sea on deck.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Communications Apprentice

    You'll ensure information flows quickly and safely between shore establishments, other ships and maritime agencies.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Leading Hand Supply Chain

    You will be vital to the operational performance of the Royal Navy, supplying personnel all over the world with essential supplies.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • 5 x GCSE graded A* - C with Mathematics and English Language
  • Medical Technician

    You'll ensure information flows quickly and safely between shore establishments, other ships and maritime agencies.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Engineering Apprentice

    As well as the engines, you'll be working on everything from cranes to lifts and other deck gear.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Motorman Grade 1

    You'll be monitoring and maintaining mechanical and electronic systems, that are vital to the operational capacity of the ship

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) professional qualifications
  • Qualified Deck Hand

    Your main jobs will be replenishments at sea (RAS) working either out on deck or at the helm.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Seaman Grade 1

    Your main jobs will be replenishments at sea (RAS) working either out on deck or at the helm.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) professional qualifications
  • Seamanship Apprentice

    Your main jobs will be replenishments at sea (RAS) working either out on deck or at the helm.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None