Logistics & Admin Ranks & roles

Are you a leader? Can you command respect? Look after the morale and lives of the men and women under your charge? And ensure the success of the mission? If the answer is yes, you could have what it takes to be a Royal Navy Officer.

  • Midshipman

    While you're still completing your training for your specialist role at Britannia Royal Naval College, you'll have the rank of Midshipman.
  • Sub-Lieutenant

    After 12 months of service and while you're still training, you'll automatically be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant.
  • Lieutenant

    Once you've moved into an operational environment, you'll automatically be promoted to Lieutenant, after 30 months as a Sub Lieutenant as long as you perform to the required standard.
  • Lieutenant Commander

    You’ll now be in charge of a department on a large ship of shore base, or Executive Officer (XO) or even Commanding Officer (CO) in a smaller unit.
  • Commander

    You may command a warship or submarine, Fleet Air Arm squadron or shore establishment. You could also serve as a Staff Officer in the Ministry of Defence or the Permanent Joint Headquarters.
  • Captain

    With the rank of Captain, you'll be commanding a large ship or hold a more senior position on shore.
  • Commodore

    As a Commodore, you'll be the Commanding Officer of a large Royal Navy establishment and well on your way to the top.
  • Rear Admiral

    As an officer of flag rank, you'll have your own flag flying on your ship or headquarters and be responsible for an entire capability within the Royal Navy.
  • Vice Admiral

    By now a very senior officer, you'll be second-in-command to a full Admiral, and working at the level of government, helping to implement defence policy etc.
  • Admiral

    Admiral is the highest rank in the Royal Navy, equivalent to a General in the British Army.
  • Logistics Officer

    You’ll be responsible for all the support functions to make sure your ship has everything it needs to stay effective on operations.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A-level
  • Logistics Officer Submariner

    You’ll be responsible for all the support functions to make sure your submarine has everything it needs to stay effective on operations.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A-level

The Royal Navy is a team. And the Ratings are the trained professionals ensuring the success of every single mission. No matter the weather, the conditions, or demands of the job.

  • Able Rate

    Whatever your job, you'll start your career as an Able Rate.
  • Leading Hand

    With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand, often managing a small group of Able Rates.
  • Petty Officer

    As a Petty Officer, you'll have responsibility for certain sections within your department and you have now moved up to become a Senior Rating (non-comissioned officer)
  • Chief Petty Officer

    The rank of Chief Petty Officer give you more responsibility in the team, with the officers relying heavily on your skills and experience.
  • Warrant Officer 1

    WO1 is the highest rank you can achieve as a rating and you'll provide a crucial leadership link between your officers and the ratings serving under you.
  • Chef

    You’ll plan and prepare meals for the Ship’s Company, visiting dignitaries and even royalty.  You may also go into the field to cook for the Royal Marines.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Chef (Submariner)

    You’ll plan and prepare meals for the crew and could find yourself cooking for visiting dignitaries or even royalty.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Steward

    You’ll be part of a professional team planning and providing hospitality for the officers on board as well as visiting local dignitaries, Admirals and even Royalty both in the UK and abroad.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Steward (Submariner)

    You’ll be part of a professional team planning and providing hospitality for the officers on board as well as visitors in the UK and abroad. You’ll also get to steer and control the submarine as a Planesman.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Supply Chain Logistician

    You’ll ensure your ship has everything it needs to sail and your actions may determine how long your ship remains on operations.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner)

    As a Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner), you’ll ensure your submarine has everything it needs to sail. Your actions may determine how long your submarine can remain hidden under the surface.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Writer

    As a Writer you will deal with pay, personal records and any manner of human resource management tasks, yet being a Writer in the Royal Navy is about as far away from a ‘desk job’ as you can get.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Writer Submariner

    As a Writer (Submariner) you will deal with pay, personal records and any manner of human resource management  tasks. You’ll also get to steer and control the submarine as a Planesman.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None