How to become a Royal Navy rating
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could apply to join the army through an HM forces serviceperson intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll need to apply directly to the army to discuss which is the best apprenticeship route for you. This will depend on your qualifications and which service role you're interested in.
- entry requirements vary
You can join the Royal Navy Reserve to get some experience of what life is like in the service, and to learn new skills at the same time. You'll need to be:
- between the ages of 16 and 42
- able to commit to basic training, including a 2-week course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall
If you're between 12 and 18 years old, you can join the Sea Cadets.
You can apply directly to join the Royal Navy as a rating. You don't need any specific qualifications, but you will need to meet the Navy's eligibility requirements. For example, you must:
- be aged between 16 and 39
- pass fitness and medical tests
After applying, you'll be invited to talk to someone at your local armed forces careers office about what you want to do. You will then take the Naval Service Recruiting Test (NSRT) and then an interview and assessment.
If you have the right skills, you'll be invited to attend the 4-day Pre-Royal Navy Course. This includes further interviews, fitness, medical and aptitude tests. If you're successful, you'll be offered a place on the Navy's basic training programme.
You'll find more details about being a rating from the Royal Navy.