What do I get being a rating?

Skills, opportunities and possibilities. That’s what you’ll get as a rating. And a competitive salary too, of course. We’ll give you the blocks you need to build your future, and provide funding towards civilian-recognised qualifications like NVQs, GCSEs, BTEC awards or even a university degree. Being a rating in the Royal Navy means you get out what you put in.

Above and beyond

As a rating, the sky is not your limit, and neither is the deepest ocean or the other side of the world. What you choose to do and how you choose to do it will determine how far you go in your career. You’ll start as an Able Rate, and after training, you could be promoted to a Leading Hand. Gaining responsibility as you progress, you could then climb the ranks to become a Warrant Officer 1.

If you show the right aptitude and leadership potential you can be selected to sit the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) at any point in your career, giving you the opportunity to become a Commissioned Officer if successful.

Pay and benefits

  • Salary of more than £14,700 as soon as you start training
  • Earn over £18,000 after training, rising to over £48,000 as your career progresses
  • Potential to earn additional specialist pay, depending on your branch
  • Opportunity to study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain specialist, internationally recognised qualifications
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Adventurous training