What do I get being a graduate officer?

To complement a unique career and lifestyle, you get specialist training programmes for transferable skills should you decide to move on. There’s also a pay and benefits package that gives you real earning potential from the start of your training.


We invest extensively in training that is 100% tailored to the needs and interests of our officers. It will give you a broad range of transferable skills in your chosen field, much more quickly than other employers. So if you want to pursue postgraduate study or work towards being a Chartered Engineer, for example, you can. We’ll pay for it and give you the time to study - how far you go is up to you. If you decide to switch career, you’ll find yourself at the top of the pile.


Life as a Royal Navy officer is challenging. It’s demanding and it will push you to mental and physical limits you didn’t even know you were capable of. We call it lifelong learning, and exam certificates and qualifications are just the start. Thanks to the breadth of experience officers have, you’ll develop professional and interpersonal skills that are invaluable in every aspect of your life.


You’ll have all the support you need to reach your career goals and personal ambitions. But you’ll also have the support of your crewmates and colleagues who will become your close friends. Not only that, when you’re on operations, you’ll usually get access to home comforts including TV, email access and your favourite treats via the on-board shop. Most of the time you’ll be able to get in touch with family and friends via satellite phone and social media.


  • Earn over £27,000, as soon as you start training
  • Earn over £32,000 as soon as you finish training
  • Earn up to £45,000 within two years of qualifying as an officer
  • Twelve year commissions mean that you are guaranteed a job for this period, but you can leave sooner if you would like to*
  • Receive a £27,000 joining bonus for Engineer Officers, Environmental Health Officers and Training Management Officers
  • Work on advanced technologies, in unique and challenging environments
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year, on top of public holidays
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Free accommodation while at sea and financial help with your on-shore accommodation
  • Subsidised travel
  • Excellent non-contributory pension scheme (i.e. you don’t have to pay into it)
  • The possibility of adventurous training, twice a year (including skydiving, scuba diving, mountaineering and skiing)
  • Travel the world, and protect our nation's interests. Every day
  • The opportunity to study for a master's degree completely paid for

*Direct Entry Medical, Dental and QARNNS officers only join for 6 years initially


BA Modern Languages
- Junior Warfare Officer

It’s more than a job. It’s a life and a lifestyle, and has without a doubt truly exceeded my expectations.

Bsc Physics & Astronomy
- Sub Lieutenant Deputy Logistics Officer

I’m getting world class professional training, and I’m not adding to my student debt as I do it.

M.Eng Materials Engineer
- Junior Marine Engineer Officer

It’s more than a graduate scheme, it’s an open door to travelling the world and working on some interesting equipment as you do.