Royal Navy rating

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What's it like?

You would support the Royal Navy through a variety of roles on ships and submarines or in a shore base.

Your work would vary depending on which branch of the service you support and your specific trade.

You could work in:

  • Warfare – you would look after weapons, electronic systems and communications systems on a ship
  • Submarine service – you would look after weapons, electronic systems and communications systems on a submarine
  • Engineering – you would keep ships, submarines and aircraft running
  • Logistics – you would manage office, accounting, stores and catering systems
  • Medical, including Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS) – you would give healthcare to personnel and their families
  • Naval air branch – you would prepare aircraft for flight and help to navigate

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually be on call 24 hours a day, generally working eight-hour shifts, which would include weekends and public holidays.

Environment

You would live and work on board a ship or submarine for several months at a time. Living quarters are cramped. You may face a wide variety of conditions including extremes in weather, as well as mental, physical and emotional challenges.

Travel

You must be prepared to move within the UK and overseas. Whilst serving at sea, you would be separated from your family for several months.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Working with your hands
  • Being physically fit
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Being logical
  • Coping with pressure
  • Planning and organising
  • Making decisions

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no minimum requirements for entering the Royal Navy as a rating. But to give yourself the widest range of opportunities it’s a good idea to have National 4/5 qualifications or equivalent.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science and technologies subjects such as engineering and ICT
  • Modern languages
  • Physical education

You will also need

You need to be aged between 16 years and 36 years old, however you can apply when you are at least 15 years old and 9 months. Certain roles may have different age ranges which you should check.

You will need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm. The only exception to this rule is the Submarine Service where you will need to be a minimum height of 157cm.

You will need to be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or have dual nationality.

You must also be within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI).

Some roles may require you to have normal colour vision.

You will need to complete a full security check.

Any tattoos which would be visible in parade uniform are not allowed. There are also restrictions on body piercings.

You will need to pass the Royal Navy Recruiting Test (RT), a psychometric ability test used to assess specific academic ability and shows your ability to cope with the technical and academic aspects of training. There are four separate parts to this test which you will need to complete within a strict time limit. These measure general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension. You will also need to pass medical and eye tests and the Royal Navy Pre-Joining Fitness Test.

Once you’ve passed all the tests, you must attend and pass the Pre-Royal Navy Course to enter this career.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that demonstrate the Royal Navy's core values of commitment, courage, discipline, respect, integrity and loyalty, such as:

  • Skills for Work Uniformed and Emergency Services (SCQF level 4)
  • SQA  Leadership Award (SCQF level 5/6)
  • Cadet Organisation or other Youth Awards