Royal Navy Commonwealth Applicants

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen, you no longer need to be a UK resident to apply, which means a career in the Royal Navy is more accessible than ever.

COVID-19 information for Commonwealth citizens: We suggest that you go to the gov.uk website for advice and guidance, before you proceed with your application.

You can find all the roles currently available to Commonwealth applicants below. To apply, you will need to hold a valid passport and meet the eligibility criteria for your chosen role. If you’re an overseas applicant, you need to be age 18 or over and have a Visa. If you live in the UK, you can apply from age 16 and will need a biometric residency card.

If you wish to apply as a Nursing Rating or Nursing Officer you need to hold registration with the Nursing and Midwifery council. If you wish to join as a Medical Officer and your primary medical qualification is from outside the UK or EEA the General Medical Council needs to make sure it is acceptable in the UK.

Interested? Read on to find out how you could start a life of travelling the world and protecting the UK’s interests.

 

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Joining the Royal Navy as a non-UK national

1

Bringing your family

Once you are a serving member of the Royal Navy, you are exempt from immigration controls.

That means you won’t need a visa to stay in the UK as long as you remain in service. This is the case from the day you start training.

Normal immigration rules will still apply to your family, so they could need a visa to visit the UK and may only be able to stay for a limited period of time. It's also important that your family meet the minimum English language requirements.  

2

Minimum income requirements

If you want to bring your family to the UK, you’ll need to meet minimum income requirements, which vary based on your family circumstances.

  • £18,600 gross salary needed to bring a partner
  • £22,400 to bring a partner and a child
  • +£2,400 for each additional child
  • £16,000 savings over this amount can count
  • £18,489 a rating starting salary after training
 
3

Visa costs

Once you meet the minimum income requirements, you will need to pay the appropriate visa costs. These include:

  • £1,532 per dependent for a five-year visa
  • £2,389 per dependent to permanently settle in the UK (2018/19) after five years of residency
  • £1,330 per dependent to gain UK citizenship by naturalisation (2018/19) after 12 months of holding permanent settlement

The Royal Navy cannot help you with any of these visa costs. Remember, choosing to settle permanently in the UK is entirely voluntary and is not a requirement. 

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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: NVQs Get funding for qualifications
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Mine Warfare Specialist

Mine Warfare Specialist

You’ll find mines using mine-hunting sonar, and deal with them using a remote-controlled disposal vehicle.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Supply Chain Logistician

Supply Chain Logistician

You’ll manage the delivery of vital stores and equipment to Navy personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £33,000 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical Scientist

Provide a clinical laboratory service including blood products, to support the delivery of enhanced medical care to our patients wherever you are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £30,038 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities, work in challenging environments
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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

Biomedical Scientist (Student)

Get paid to study at Aston University to become a qualified Biomedical Scientist and contribute to the medical capability of the Royal Navy.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £33,038 earn over this amount once you're qualified and HCPC registered
  • Benefits: Get paid to study at University, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Catering Services (Chef)

Catering Services (Chef)

You’ll run an efficient commercial kitchen, and make sure our people have the food they need to get the job done, wherever they are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Salary after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as your career progresses
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Chaplain

Chaplain

As a ‘friend and adviser to all’, you’ll preach the word, and give spiritual and moral guidance to any person serving in a fighting force.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 49
  • Education: Degree
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Potential to become one of three Principal Chaplains
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Be part of a world class dental team and experience dental practice incomparable to civilian life caring for patients in the UK and deployed overseas .

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £32,154 is the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Travel, Sports and Adventurous training opportunities, work in challenging environments
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Dental Nurse

Dental Nurse

Be part of a professional dental practice and travel the world, proving routine and emergency dental care

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous education and training, travel, sports and adventurous training, work in challenging environments
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Dental Officer

Dental Officer

Lead a dental team in the UK or deployed overseas to maintain the routine and emergency dental care of our personnel and maintain our operational capability.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 25 - 54
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £74,000 minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your careet
  • Benefits: Onward specialist training in periodontics or endodontics, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Environmental Health Officer

Environmental Health Officer

Lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 22 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £27,000-£42,000 subject to EHRB registration and chartered status
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Enrolment on CIEH Chartered programme if required, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

You’ll use advanced equipment to provide information about local tides, currents, sea depth and even the seabed.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Logistics Officer

Logistics Officer

You’ll ensure our operations run efficiently, and that all of our personnel have what they need, when they need it, wherever they are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 15 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £27,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Paid holiday
  • Progression: £33,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: 6 weeks paid holiday
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Marine Engineer Officer

Marine Engineer Officer

You’ll lead the day-to-day maintenance of our cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations couldn’t happen.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 15 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £27,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £33,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Working ashore, on ships and submarines, our Medical Assistants are responsible for routine healthcare provisions and trained to respond to medical emergencies in any environment all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Complete advanced medical training courses in trauma, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Medical Officer

Medical Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £59,319 minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: After serving as a General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO), you'll get the opportunity to specialise further in General practice, emergency medicine, surgery, anaesthetics, critical care, radiology, psychiatry and many more
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £33,000 the minimum you'll earn following basic military training at HMS Raleigh
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Mental Health Nurse (Student)

Mental Health Nurse (Student)

You’ll work in one of the Royal Navy Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Promote automatically to Leading Hand once qualified earning £33,667
  • Benefits: Get paid to study for your nursing degree and get continuous professional development throughout your career
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Mine Clearance Diver

Mine Clearance Diver

You’ll identify mines or other explosives and dispose of them, whether they’re in shallow water or out at sea.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Minimum annual salary after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free dental and medical care
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Naval Airman Aircraft Handler

Naval Airman Aircraft Handler

Work with some of the most cutting-edge aircraft in existence as part of the team that keeps them flight ready.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £33,000 the minimum you'll earn following basic military training at HMS Raleigh
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Naval Nurse (Student)

Naval Nurse (Student)

You’ll gain the all skills and qualifications you need for a career in nursing.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: Promote automatically to Leading Hand once qualified earning £33,667
  • Benefits: Get paid to study for your nursing degree and get continuous professional development throughout your career
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Nursing Officer

Nursing Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: Come in at a salary and rank that reflects your nursing experience
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: Come in at a salary and rank that reflects your nursing experience
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

You’ll gain all the skills and qualifications you need for a career as an Operating Department Practitioner.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Qualified)

Radiographer (Qualified)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £33,038 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Student)

Radiographer (Student)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Royal Navy Police

Royal Navy Police

Maintain the vital service discipline that keeps every Naval mission on track.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Seaman Specialist

Seaman Specialist

You’ll gain the specialist skills needed to steer the ship, act as lookout and communicate with other ships.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Warfare Specialist

Warfare Specialist

You’ll detect threats to your ship, identify targets and make crucial tactical decisions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Writer Logistician

Writer Logistician

On board you’ll be responsible for Human Resources (HR), handling legal matters and financial administration.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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