What do I need to become 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 Becoming an officer in the Royal Navy takes focus and fitness, dedication and determination. It means being able to think quickly and act smartly in challenging situations, when your team are looking to you to lead them.

We’ll equip you with the tools you need to succeed, so that the vital decisions you need to make on the job become second nature. Whether you’re orchestrating an anti-piracy operation off the Somali coast or distributing food parcels in Haiti, you’ll know exactly what to do.


Fitness, in body and mind, is imperative. And it’s not just the 2.4km run you have to do before you even start training, or the physical fitness levels you’ll need every day as an officer. It means mental sharpness and agility, too. It means being able to focus on the situation in hand, while never losing sight of the bigger picture.


You’ll be getting stuck in from the moment you start training, and we’re there to support you. But that doesn’t mean we’ll be holding your hand - you’ll need to be dedicated and show determination from day one, because your ability to lead in challenging situations is paramount.


We’re looking for people with leadership potential. Who think on their feet and are responsible. People who aren’t afraid of a challenge and know the value of teamwork – because at the end of the day, lives are at stake.

There are minimum academic standards we expect from all our officer candidates. Some specialist roles also require a particular subject or level of qualification. Currently the standards are:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including English Language and Maths Earn up to £45,000 within two years of qualifying as an officer.
  • You’ll need a minimum of 96 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g. BTEC).
  • Engineering & Medical roles require relevant degree qualifications.
  • You must have normally gained qualifying subjects within a maximum spread of 13 months and they need to be of a sufficient academic content. We will also consider equivalent educational qualifications.


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