Commonwealth and Non-British candidates

Since the Royal Navy waived its residency requirements to join the Service, we have seen a huge upsurge in potential candidates from Commonwealth nations wishing to join the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The Royal Navy is only permitted to enter a given number of candidates from the Commonwealth each year and is presently in the process of reviewing those personnel it holds on record. To manage expectations of those showing an interest in joining the Service, and to allow individuals the ability to confidently plan their lives, a ceiling has been placed on the number of candidates we maintain on record awaiting processing.  With such a cap on Commonwealth entrants, it is simply not possible to process every applicant to successful entry into the Service; that said, vacancies do exist within certain branches and your Expression of Interest will be responded to by e-mail accordingly. Should your preferred role be temporarily full, and you remain interested in joining the Royal Navy, there may be other rewarding jobs waiting for you. To find out if there are, please try our Role Finder.  Those enquiries placed on hold will have their contact details and date of application captured in our records, and we will be in touch when we are in a position to move your application forward.

You are strongly advised not to travel to the United Kingdom unless you have been directed by the London Overseas team to do so as we have no resources to facilitate such unplanned arrivals.

For a list of Commonwealth member countries that are eligible to apply, please click here.  Commonwealth applicants applying from inside their country of origin must be aged minimum 18.  Residents in the UK Commonwealth applicants are eligible to apply at 16.  Current valid passports and visas (where applicable) are a mandatory requirement to be eligible to apply, it is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that they have permission to be in the UK and this permission is valid for the entirety of the recruitment process up to the point entry.

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