Second Officer (Logistics Supply)

Service:Royal Fleet Auxiliary

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

As a Logistics Supply Officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, its your job to make sure the Ships Company are enabled, to include catering services, are fully equipped and have full stores support. In short, you’ll be a key enabler of all Logistics activity. You’ll lead and manage your department to meet Command goals. Whether you’re sourcing vital supplies from local contacts or submitting essential reports back to HQ.

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The role

  • You’ll have considerable responsibility from day one. From coordinating stores and catering services, to managing supplies and personnel administration, you’ll ensure the ships company can perform to the best of their ability.
  • You will also be involved in Solid Support activity, ensuring the Royal Navy and Royal Marines have what they need to sustain operations. 
  • Travelling the world will provide you with the professional challenge you are looking for. That might mean liaising with local authorities to secure essential stores or communicating with colleagues in the UK to resolve issues.
  • Additional responsibilities will include undertaking the role of Damage Control Officer, IT security and Data protection (with appropriate training if required).

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • MCA Basic Safety Training
  • Opportunity to become a member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport

Skills you'll develop

  • An in-depth knowledge of Maritime logistics and administration
  • The ability to lead and manage a Critical supply chain


Career progression

On completion of training you will become a qualified Second Officer. With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to First Officer. As First Officer, you’re one step away from Chief Officer. You’ll be chosen for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can quickly progress up the chain of command.

What you'll need


  • You’ll need a Level 6 degree and GCSE Grade C or 4 in Mathematics and English Language or Scottish equivalent examination
  • If you have a Level 6 degree or GCSE qualifications issued from outside the UK you will need to get these assessed by NARIC. For further information please visit their website
  • Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens. However, a number of career paths have nationality restrictions
  • Dual Nationality will be considered providing the first nationality is British. Note: Residency restrictions may apply

Skills and interests

  • Ability to multitask
  • A proven track record in a Maritime, operational logistics environment
  • An in-depth knowledge of Maritime Logistics and administration
  • Knowledge of MJDI inventory and budgetary control
  • Experience in team management at an operational level
  • Experience with military aviation support, maritime task groups, embarked military forces and be PLCC qualified
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest, you will receive a link to the online application form

  • Confirm eligibility

    You will be asked to send us copies of your certification

  • Interview

    If you then meet the selection criteria you will be asked to attend a suitability interview at the RFA’s Portsmouth recruitment office


Initial training

You’ll start your training with a period of familiarisation/induction at DMLS Worthy Down. This will be followed by a probationary, seagoing appointment to consolidate RFA specific knowledge. This will be 6 + month training package, dependent on your experience and ability. 

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.