Getting ready to be a Royal Navy Officer

The joining process for officers is slightly different to the joining process for other ranks, however, both include a series of mental and physical assessments. Like any physical or mental test, being prepared will give you the best chance of success. To help you do this, you will be allocated a recruiter as soon as you apply, who will give you the option to attend a Potential Officer Visit on board a ship and tell you more about your role of interest.

This section gives you more details about the Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA), the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT), and the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB).


The Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA) enables us to test your general intellectual ability, regardless of your existing academic qualifications. This gives us more information, and is a fair way of assessing all candidates on a level playing field.

If you don’t pass the DAA first time around, don’t worry – you can take it again. Your Careers Adviser will tell you what the timescales are likely to be.

Practise the DAA


The 1 hour virtual interview is your opportunity to show us that you’ve got what it takes to be a Royal Navy Officer.

There’s no ‘ideal’ or even ‘typical’ officer. We’re looking for people with a wide range of academics and practical talents and there’s room in the Royal Navy for both outgoing and more reserved personalities. The AIB’s competency based assessment process assesses whether you have the personal qualities to successfully become an officer.

The interview

This will last 1 hour and will give us the chance to assess your motivation and abilities to join the Royal Navy as an officer.  You will be asked questions against a set of 6 core competencies and will be asked to provide specific examples of how and when you have demonstrated these.