Writer Logistician

Service:Surface Fleet

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

The smooth running of a ship is about much more than on-point kit. Our people’s welfare needs to run smoothly, too. As an HR Administrator (Writer), you’re in charge of Human Resources (HR), handling legal matters, financial admin, and looking after the welfare of your crewmates. Whether you’re advising your Captain about promotions or organising your crewmates’ pay, it’s up to you to make things happen. It’s a unique job in a unique environment, and a great opportunity to discover what makes us tick – and how we keep ticking, all over the world.

If you have questions, talk to us

Your role

  • Become an invaluable part of the behind-the-scenes team who keep the ship’s company running smoothly
  • Learn all the ins and outs of running an extremely tight HR operation, no matter where you are in the world – and regardless of the pressures of the operation you’re deployed on
  • Stay up to date with industry best practice, gaining recognised HR qualifications including an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration
  • Learn additional skills as an Incident Board Operator, where it’ll be your responsibility to pass vital information to Damage Control teams fighting fires and floods

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses, like a Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Skills you'll develop

  • The excellent organisational skills needed for a seamless HR operation, valued by employers all over the world
  • A pin-sharp eye for detail, collaborative teamwork, professionalism and problem-solving, and the ability to communicate at all levels

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You need to be aged 16 to 39
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • A keen interest in HR, and its importance within the Royal Navy
  • A genuine people person, who can be proactive and reactive in a broad variety of personal and professional situations
  • A problem-solver, with a common sense approach, who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
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

  • 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 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

Once you have essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it's time to start 10 weeks of specialist training. As an HR Administrator (Writer) you'll embark on a Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard as well as covering everything from Employment Rights and Responsibilities to Pay and Accounting and gaining Functional Skills up to Level 2 in English and Maths.

Your training includes: 

  • Pay and accounting
  • Personnel management and discipline matters
  • Correspondence
  • Security
  • Office procedures
  • Cash handling