Warfare Intelligence Specialist

Service:Surface Fleet
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Warfare Specialist Role Detail

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. Your training will enable you to deliver fused Intelligence products and provide advice on emerging situations and deliver bespoke briefings to senior officers. Providing 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

  • Be an essential part of each mission, using your knowledge of war-fighting techniques to deliver Intelligence to Commanders on Operation.
  • Gain a wide range of skills, from basic seamanship to manning light weaponry.
  • Be responsible for the safety of your ship and everyone on board.
  • You will be a quick thinker, accurate in your work and have good concentration skills.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or vocational awards
  • Gain a Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard for Intelligence operations 

Skills you'll develop

  • Learn firefighting and weapon handling skills

Warfare Specialist Intelligence

What you'll need


  • You must be aged 16 to 39 
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • You, your surviving parents and your spouse/partner must hold sole British citizenship and you must have continually resided in the UK for a minimum of 10 years
  • Developed Vetting security clearance is required
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • Team players with a passion for analytics 
  • Quick thinkers who work well under pressure
  • Problem-solvers, who can work well as part of a team
  • Be able to think on your feet 
  • A high level of physical and mental fitness
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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 and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

    You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
    To prepare, you can practise the DAA

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

  • 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

  • Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, 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 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

After your initial training you’ll complete three months at the Royal Naval Intelligence School, which will cover:


  • Learning about enemy capabilities
  • Understanding how the enemy operates in war
  • Training in various analytical techniques
  • Becoming skilled in support to Naval and Joint Operations
  • Learning to operate the latest Intelligence systems