Medical 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.
  • Dental Officer

    You’ll be in charge of primary dental healthcare for the entire ship’s company. On large ships you’ll have a fully-fitted dental surgery. On smaller ones you’ll manage a portable dental unit that travels with you.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Environmental Health Officer

    You’ll be responsible for developing and maintaining environmental health standards throughout the Naval Service.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Medical Officer

    As a medical officer, you’ll be a member of our senior management team as well as a doctor. You can specialise in a major discipline like surgery, medicine, anaesthetics, orthopaedic surgery or primary care. Or other areas unique to a military career.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Nursing Officer

    You’ll join Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS), leading a team providing primary health care and medical support.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree

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.
  • Dental Hygienist

    You're responsible for running, restocking and hygiene of the surgery, just as you would in a civilian dental practice.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Dental Nurse

    You're a vital member of the team, responsible for the running, restocking and hygiene of the surgery, just as you would in a civilian dental practice.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Medical Assistant (General Services)

    Your patients will be the people you live and work alongside every day and their lives may literally depend on your skills.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Medical Assistant (Submariner)

    Your place in the team is so important that the submarine literally can’t leave port unless you’re on board so you can look after the health of your crewmates.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Naval Nurse (Qualified)

    You'll provide quality primary care, keeping everyone in the Naval Service team fit, healthy and effective anywhere in the UK and overseas.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Naval Nurse (Student)

    The Royal Navy will take you through your training to become a fully qualified Nurse, ready to provide primary care to everyone in the Naval Service.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • GCSE
  • Radiographer

    You’ll be a vital member of the team just as you would be in any well-equipped civilian hospital. The difference is, you’ll be seeing your patients both on shore and at sea, in the UK and around the world.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree