Our organisation

We are the Royal Navy

In 2010 the UK cadet forces celebrated 150 years of the movement, which today covers more than 130,000 youngsters and 25,000 adult volunteers. Although not a direct recruiting system, the various cadet groups thrive on the links with their 'parent' Service, its ethos and its values.

Our services

Our Ranks

Officers

What is an officer?

  • Royal Navy Officers are typically university graduates, although many join straight from sixth form or college.
  • They are typically school leavers looking to develop their skills and travel the world while earning a wage.
  • The minimum academic standard for entry as an officer is five GCSEs (A* to C) and two A Levels; however, some officer roles require specific vocational degrees.
  • Officer roles come with a lot of responsibility, both for the safety and wellbeing of the crew and for the outcome of operations.
  • Over the course of their training and throughout their naval career, officers develop excellent leadership skills, which go on to serve them well in the civilian world.

Ratings

What is a rating?

  • Ratings are the people who get the job done. They work across approximately 60 different roles, from hospitality to engineering
  • They typically join as school leavers looking to develop their skills and travel the world while earning a wage
  • As part of a highly trained team that puts strategies into practice, ratings perform the daily tasks that enable the Royal Navy to protect our nation’s interests
  • They get to work on some of the most advanced warships, submarines and aircraft in the world