Naval Nurse (Qualified)

Service:Surface Fleet
Hands on
Humanitarian aid

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

On shore during peacetime where your patients are your friends. At the scene of a natural disaster providing essential primary care. Wherever you are in the world, as a Naval Nurse you’ll play a key part in keeping our people fit and healthy. It’s a role full of responsibility and alongside your clinical work, you’ll also supervise and mentor junior personnel. Life as a Naval Nurse means unparalleled diversity, leadership opportunities, fast-track training and unrivalled experience.

Your role

  • Work within Joint Hospital Group units in Plymouth and Portsmouth or the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham, gaining clinical skills and competency
  • Newly qualified, you’ll complete a foundation programme of medical and surgical placements to give you a broad range of skills to allow you to provide exceptional care for our patients on operations
  • Deploy on our Maritime Role 3, RFA Argus, a 100-bedded hospital facility or as part of a Role 2 Afloat team providing limb and life-saving surgery at sea or the Commando Forward Surgical Group, providing medical support to the Royal Marines
  • Make the most of opportunities to carry out specialist courses in areas including intensive care, operating theatres, emergency medicine, orthopedics, burns and plastics or primary care

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, partially funded by us
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses

Skills you'll develop

  • Continued training and development in challenging environments 
  • Everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer

Career progression

What you'll need


  • BSc/MSc or BA Adult Nursing
  • You need to be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • You must be aged 20 to 39
  • You need to be within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National. 
  • Commonwealth applicants applying from inside their country of origin must be aged minimum 18.  If a resident in the UK Commonwealth applicants are eligible to apply at 16.  Current valid passports and visas (where applicable) are a mandatory requirement to be eligible to apply, it is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that they have permission to be in the UK and this permission is valid for the entirety of the recruitment process up to the point entry.  

Skills and interests

  • An ambitious medical professional
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit


Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

Join a Defence Medical Group (DMG), start preceptorship programme including clinical rotation.  You will also do mentor training within this time.

Once rotation is finished there is the opportunity to specialise in ITU, trauma and orthopaedics, emergency care, primary health care, burns and plastics, mental health, surgical and medical.  Speciality training means going back to university and studying at degree or masters level.