Warfare Intelligence Officer

Service:Surface Fleet
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Officer on the bridge of a ship looking out to sea

At a glance

What you’ll do

Being in Intelligence means that you work with all disciplines within the Royal Navy and other services to deliver Intelligence to Commanders on operations. As an Intelligence Officer you will find yourself leading a team of highly motivated, bright and flexible men and women. Your training will enable you to develop fused Intelligence products using the latest reporting from a variety of sources, including open source, imagery, signals, human and cyber intelligence. These products will be utilised to provide advice on emerging situations and deliver bespoke briefings to senior officers. Your Intelligence input will aid in mission success.

Intelligence is critical in supporting warfighting and getting the right information to the right people at the right time so that crucial decisions, that affect lives, can be made. Everything could depend on your speed, skill, accuracy and powers of concentration to keep one step ahead of the enemy.



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Your role

  • Provide Intelligence updates and threat assessments to support operational planning
  • Provide Intelligence support to Operational Commanders to support operations
  • Lead teams of skilled intelligence analysts to provide intelligence products

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • We’ll make a significant contribution towards GCSEs, Masters degrees, and everything in between
  • Gain internationally recognised professional qualifications as your career progresses

Skills you'll develop

  • Gain the unique naval leadership and management skills that are highly valued by civilian employers.
  • Gain analytical skills that are internationally recognised and are applicable across a wide range of employment sectors.

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You’ll need to be aged 17 to 39
  • You’ll need a minimum of 96 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g. BTEC)
  • You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above
  • You, your surviving parents and your spouse/partner must hold solo British citizenship and you must have continually resided in the UK for a minimum of 10 years
  • Developed Vetting (DV) is required (A Security Clearance (SC) application does not need to be submitted as well)
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

    Skills and interests
  • An ability to thrive on responsibility and lead from the front
  • Confidence in making key decisions in high-pressure situations
  • Team players with a passion for analytics 
  • Problem-solvers, who can work well as part of a team
  • A high level of physical and mental fitness
  • Be able to think on your feet 
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Starting your career

Not just a job. A way of life.

Being in the Royal Navy is a job like no other, with a life – and lifestyle – to match. You’ll make friends for life, go to places you’ve never been and do things that dreams are made of. From the moment you join, you’ll be part of a close-knit team that lives, works and relaxes together. On top of on-ship and on shore sports facilities, you’ll aso have the opportunity to go on adventurous training, whch means anything from mountaineering, caving and parachuting, to jungle expeditions.

Joining process

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

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NIAB)

    You will conduct a short assessment board after the AIB to determine your suitability for a career as a Naval Intelligence Officer. This will involve aptitude and academic tests, as well as an interview with members of the Naval Intelligence community 

  • 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

  • Interview
    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)
  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer

Initial training

Royal Navy Initial Officer Training takes place at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, where you’ll spend 30 weeks, focusing on: military skills, maritime skills and initial fleet time. The military skills phase includes learning about leadership and teamwork, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

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

Professional training

Once you have the essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it’s time to start your specialist training.

Intelligence is a specialist role that will require 68 weeks of training before you are fully qualified to take your first operational assignment. This Specialist training is conducted at the Joint Intelligence Training Group at Chicksands in Bedfordshire, where you will gain the technical knowledge and advanced skills that are key to your role.