Levels of entry

There are two distinct routes into the Royal Navy. You can either join as an officer, or as a rating. If you already know which level you’re eligible for, you can take a closer look at life in the Royal Navy, and the different roles that are available. Alternatively, you can browse based on your qualifications and discover what opportunities are open to you.

If you’re new to the Royal Navy and are unsure which role is right for you, view our Levels of Entry: an introduction page.


Ratings get the job done. If you’ve left school and want to develop your skills as part of a professional team, learning to be a leader in the process, there are approximately 60 different roles to choose from.

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Officers are the managers and leaders of the Royal Navy. If you graduated from university, or did well at school, there are 21 potential officer careers available to you. Find out more.

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