When you join the crew, you join the family

WHAT IS THE SUBMARINE SERVICE?

The Royal Navy has submarines deployed all over the world. As you read this, their highly trained crews are tracking aircraft, monitoring ships and supporting our fleet from deep below the surface. Our agile and adaptable Attack Submarines provide covert surveillance that keeps the seas safe for all, while Vanguard-class vessels carry the ballistic missile that are our nation’s nuclear deterrent.   

4

The number of floors on a Vanguard-class Submarine

4

The length of an Astute-class Submarine in football pitches

50

The distance in miles our sonar equipment can hear

100

The number of people who are trained to steer the boat

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Submariners are some of the Royal Navy’s most exceptional personnel. That’s because you don’t just need to know how to do your job. You also need to know how every bit of the boat works, from its cutting-edge sonar, to its propulsion systems. Why? Because living below the surface for up to three months at a time creates a unique community where everyone helps one another. 

LIFE ON BOARD

The Submarine community

Everyone on board, from the most junior rating to the Commanding Officer, is part of one team. We live, work and socialise together. It’s an environment that’s different to any other part of the Naval Service, let alone a civilian workplace. For a start, each day brings new and exciting challenges, from fixing essential equipment to delivering vital intelligence against the clock. And downtime? Each boat has a gym, and there’s a bar with quizzes and film nights.

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Every Submarine has its own fitness facilities on board

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Get a taste of home with curry nights and fish 'n' chip Friday

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Warfare Specialist (Sonar Submariner)

My time in the Submarine Service has given me transferable skills. Now I’ve got a proper trade, have gained qualifications, and I get the satisfaction of knowing I’m part of something special.

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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with one of our most elite teams, making sure that submarines are always ready for action.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Communications Information Systems Specialist (Submariner)

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Engineering Technician (MARINE ENGINEERING) (SUBMARINER)

You’ll work on sophisticated equipment that is essential to keeping our submarines moving.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) (Submariner)

You’ll maintain the firepower and defensive technology of a Royal Navy submarine.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: £5,000 For earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll oversee the maintenance and operation of a nuclear reactor, leading a team that solves complex problems in often challenging conditions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £34,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: £5,000 For earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS)

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 34
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 How much you’ll earn from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £45,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: BEng Hons Get your Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree paid for
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Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll lead a team of specialist engineers on one of two types of cutting-edge submarines, on highly classified global missions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: £5,000 for earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Hospitality (Submariner)

You’ll provide the hospitality that’s essential to keeping morale high on a nuclear submarine.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Salary after training +£5,000 joining bonus
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Get Submariner pay of at least £34.00 per day at sea when fully qualified
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Writer (Submariner)

You’ll be in charge of Human Resources (HR) as part of one of the Navy’s most elite teams.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: £5000 For earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Logistics Officer (Submariner)

You’ll lead a team of logisticians to make sure your submarine and personnel have everything they need to stay operationally effective.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 32
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after 2 years
  • Benefits: Extra pay Get Submariner pay of at least £34.00 per day at sea when fully qualified
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Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner)

You’ll ensure Submariners have the equipment and supplies they need for long periods below the surface.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Get Submariner pay of at least £34.00 per day at sea when fully qualified
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Chef (Submariner)

Part of the Silent Service, you’ll join a unique team and learn how to run a successful commercial kitchen on highly classified missions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Salary after training +£5,000 joining bonus
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Get Submariner pay of at least £34.00 per day at sea when fully qualified
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Medical Assistant (Submariner)

You’ll pursue a medical career as part of an elite and highly respected team.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Warfare Officer (Submariner)

In charge of sonar, tactical systems or communications, you’ll lead a team that acts as the eyes, ears and defence capabilities of its vessel.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £34,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Extra pay Get Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
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Warfare Specialist (SONAR) (Submariner)

You’ll use the most sophisticated sensors to create a picture of what’s happening on the surface.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of holiday pay every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Get Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
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Warfare Specialist Tactical (Submariner)

You’ll decide on the level of threat posed by detected vessels to make key decisions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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