Royal Navy

The  Naval Service is a team of over 30,000 men and women from all walks of life, who work together to defend, protect and secure and our nation’s interests. You could be safeguarding the high seas, delivering humanitarian aid when natural or man-made disasters strike or protecting UK forces in foreign waters.

No matter what you do in the Naval Service, you’ll play a key part in vital operations all around the world. From maintaining cutting-edge equipment to piloting helicopters or providing hospitality there’s a place for everyone.

A future in the Naval Service provides a rewarding career filled with adventure, possibilities – and job security.

Britain’s history is intimately tied with that of the Royal Navy and while the organisation is going through an exciting period of change, there’s never been a better time to join. The introduction of the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers and Astute class submarines send a clear message about the role that the United Kingdom plays in global security. 

Why Navy?

Joining the Royal Navy makes you part of something special. Part of a team. Protecting our nation’s interests, all over the world. It’s the kind of career you can be proud of, and your family can be proud of you for. A way to use your natural skills, and develop new ones that stay with you for life. It’s not for everyone, but it could be for you.

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No matter where you are in the world, every day in the Royal Navy is different. That means we need people who are different. People like you, who have the drive to develop the wide-ranging skills that keep the Royal Navy operationally effective on land, on the sea, underneath it, or flying over it.

With such diverse functions, the Naval Service is split into services and branches, with over 100 roles available. Whatever your background, interests or walk of life, there could be a role for you.

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Reviewed June 2023