A life without limits

Life as a Royal Navy officer gives you benefits and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. There are rewarding opportunities throughout your career – both on and off duty.

Key benefits

Career progression

The Royal Navy has a clear career structure all the way to the top – if you have the drive and the talent.

6 weeks paid holiday

plus Bank Holidays, additional shore leave (on deployment) and two weeks of adventurous training every year.



salary within the first year, plus additional payments for time spent at sea.

Reduced living costs

Free health and dental care, subsidised living costs inc. accommodation and meals.

Submariner salary

If you take on submariner duties, you can expect significant extra pay.

Quality training

Gain professional qualifications, recognised by civilian and military employers, as well as universally-admired Royal Navy training.


Familiar sports like football, rugby and tennis, as well as less common judo, skydiving, kite surfing and bobsleigh.

University Royal Navy

Study for a degree

Great social life - make friends for life

Great skills and training ensure future employability

Pop back home to get your washing done

Travel the world

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What it does to your bank account


Average debt after 3 years

+ £31,000

Typical annual salary after one year

What we need from you

  • Good with people
  • The potential to lead and inspire others
  • Ability to think and act under pressure
  • Good levels of physical fitness
  • The commitment to learn and train hard
  • 72 UCAS points 
  • At least 5 GCSEs A*-C (9-4) (which must include English language and mathematics)

Register your interest

There's nothing else like it

It’s a common misconception that joining the Royal Navy means you’re in it for good. But that’s simply not true. A normal minimal contract is four years. However, if you find that it's not for you, you can leave at any time within the first 30 weeks.