Be the force behind our power at sea

What is the Surface Fleet?

  • With a truly global impact, the Surface Fleet protects our nation’s interests, all over the world
  • From safeguarding our economy to nurturing international partnerships, the Surface Fleet’s missions are as varied as the oceans it covers
  • The Surface Fleet keeps us afloat. From destroyers and frigates to minesweepers and aircraft carriers, it’s one of the world’s most impressive naval powers
  • Each vessel serves a specific purpose and has a specialist crew, from the 280m HMS Queen Elizabeth down to the 15m LCVP MK5 amphibious assault landing craft
  • Because the function of the Surface Fleet is so diverse, all Royal Navy branches have their role to play. So whatever your background or ambition, you’ll find yours

What's it like?

You could be making key decisions and leading a specialist team in the Warfare branch. Or keeping your crew mates fit and healthy in the Medical branch. Whether you focus on a hands-on role or a more strategic position, you’ll play a key part in global naval operations. And that means no two days will ever be the same. Far from it. You might be stopping drug traffickers in the Caribbean, or bringing humanitarian relief to refugees in the Mediterranean. Whatever you do, you’ll take part in global operations with world-class kit. You’ll be the source of the strength behind the Naval Service.

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Chef

You’ll run an efficient commercial kitchen, and make sure our people have the food they need to get the job done, wherever they are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Salary after training +£5,000 joining bonus
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Hospitality

You’ll provide first-class hospitality, from taking care of senior officers, to ensuring VIPs leave with a good impression.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Salary after training +£5,000 joining bonus
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Mine Warfare Specialist

You’ll find mines using mine-hunting sonar, and deal with them using a remote-controlled disposal vehicle.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Royal Navy Police

Maintain the vital service discipline that keeps every Naval mission on track.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 21 - 37
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £18,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Weapon Engineer Officer

You’ll lead a team of skilled engineers to ensure your ship’s efficiency as a state-of-the-art fighting machine.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Writer Logistician

On board you’ll be responsible for Human Resources (HR), handling legal matters and financial administration.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our cutting-edge kit, part of the team that guarantees our weapons systems are world-class.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: A Levels/BTEC
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get qualifications paid for
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Biomedical Scientist

You’ll provide a clinical laboratory service to support the medical team.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 36
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £30,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

You’ll train to become a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £18,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £30,000 Earn over this amount after university and initial training
  • Benefits: Extra pay for everyday spent at sea
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Chaplain

As a ‘friend and adviser to all’, you’ll preach the word, and give spiritual and moral guidance to any person serving in a fighting force.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 49
  • Education: Degree
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Potential to become one of three Principal Chaplains
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Chaplain Reserve

Provide multi-faith spiritual guidance and support that’s as diverse as the people who serve as Reservists.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 25 - 60
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Holiday: Paid leave proportionate to attendance
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Communications Information Systems Specialist

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Communications Technician

You’ll be vital to the ship’s intelligence operation, transforming raw data into indispensable analysis.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £18,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Cyber Unit Reserve

Use your cyber skills to develop truly unique ones in this ground-breaking part of our nation’s defence.

The role at a glance
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Proportionate to attendance
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Dental Hygienist

Experience dental practise incomparable to civilian life, on land or at sea, all over the world. .

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 36
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £18,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn up to this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Dental Nurse

Be a central part of a professional dental practise that travels the world looking after the health of our people.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £18,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn up to this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Dental Officer

Utilise your professional expertise to make a vital contribution to the well-being of the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 25 - 54
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £41,000 Minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Earn up to this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Direct Entry Petty Officer Technician (Marine Engineering)

Solve complex mechanical/electrical engineering problems using sophisticated diagnostic test and evaluation equipment.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £36,081 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £50,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

Apply to receive £1500 a year while you study along with the chance to experience Naval life before you start training.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 18
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Progression: A guaranteed place on an approved military scheme at University
  • Benefits: Excellent sporting facilities while you complete years 12, 13 or both
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: NVQs Get funding for qualifications
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll maintain and operate complex communication, detection and weapon systems worth millions of pounds.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Environmental Health Officer

Lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 22 - 38
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £41,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Ex-regular Forces Reserve

Use your existing experience and expertise to make a vital contribution to essential global operations.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 56
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Proportionate to attendance
  • Benefits: Tax-free Annual bounty for training commitment
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General Entry Officer Reserve

Develop specialist skills to lead the teams that make a difference, every day, in a career that’s far from the everyday.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 42
  • Education: A Levels
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Proportionate to attendance
  • Benefits: Extra pay if you’re mobilised
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General Entry Rating Reserve

Learn management and leadership techniques in an environment that’s far removed from any office, and excel in a career that runs alongside your day job.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 42
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Proportionate to attendance
  • Progression: Pension Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Benefits: Extra pay if you’re mobilised
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Hydrography and Meteorology Officer

From the Caribbean to the Antarctic, you’ll lead the way in collecting, processing and analysing vital information.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks paid holiday
  • Progression: £32,000 earning potential after two years
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

You’ll use advanced equipment to provide information about local tides, currents, sea depth and even the seabed.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Logistics Officer

You’ll ensure our operations run efficiently, and that all of our personnel have what they need, when they need it, wherever they are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 31
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Paid holiday
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: 6 weeks paid holiday
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Marine Engineer Officer

You’ll lead the day-to-day maintenance of our cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations couldn’t happen.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Medical Assistant

As part of the medical team, you’ll provide day-to-day healthcare for your crewmates.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Medical Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 46
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £41,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Medical Officer Cadet

Get paid to study at university, and gain all the skills you need for life as a world-class medical practitioner.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 45
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £41,000 The minimum salary on qualification
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Earn at least this amount after two years as a qualified Medical Officer
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Medical Officer Reserve

Play an essential role on the frontline of the medical profession, supporting vital naval operations, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 21 - 55
  • Education: Degree
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Benefits: Tax-free Annual bounty for training commitment
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 36
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £31,000 The minimum you’ll earn following basic military training at HMS Raleigh
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £50,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Mental Health Nurse (Student)

You’ll work in one of the Royal Navy Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Mine Clearance Diver

You’ll identify mines or other explosives and dispose of them, whether they’re in shallow water or out at sea.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 32
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Minimum annual salary after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free dental and medical care
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 36
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Naval Nurse (Student)

You’ll gain the all skills and qualifications you need for a career in nursing.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £18,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £31,000 Earn over this amount after university and initial training
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Naval Nurse Reserve

Provide world-class medical care to safeguard our people in challenging environments, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 52
  • Education: Postgrad/specialist degree
  • Salary: 14.5% Extra pay if you’re mobilised
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Proportionate to attendance
  • Benefits: Pension Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
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Nursing Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 38
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £32,000 Your minimum salary following training at BRNC
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 38
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £32,000 Your minimum salary following training at BRNC
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £50,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Nursing Officer Reserve

First-class care meets challenging conditions, as you play an essential part in safeguarding our people, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 21 - 52
  • Education: A Levels
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Progression: Pension Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Operating Department Practitioner (Qualified)

You’ll work in MOD hospital units, at sea within the surgical team, or with the Commando Forward Surgical Group.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 36
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

You’ll gain all the skills and qualifications you need for a career as an Operating Department Practitioner.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Qualified Medical Technician Reserve

If you’re an ODP, Biomedical Scientist or Radiographer, you’ll provide essential medical support to global operations.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 56
  • Education: Degree
  • Holiday: Paid Leave Proportionate to attendance
  • Progression: Pension Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Benefits: Extra pay if you’re mobilised
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Radiographer (Qualified)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 36
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Student)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 36
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Seaman Specialist

You’ll gain the specialist skills needed to steer the ship, act as lookout and communicate with other ships.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Supply Chain Logistician

You’ll manage the delivery of vital stores and equipment to Navy personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Training Management Officer

You’ll make sure our biggest asset – our people – have the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need, to do the best possible job.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Qualifications Get a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development
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Warfare Intelligence Specialist

You'll deliver fused Intelligence products and provide advice on emerging situations and deliver bespoke briefings to senior officers

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: 48,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Warfare Officer

You’ll contribute to the success of every mission, and make key strategic decisions on some of the most advanced warships in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Warfare Specialist

You’ll detect threats to your ship, identify targets and make crucial tactical decisions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Welbeck defence sixth form College

After two years at Welbeck students are ready for anything, including life at university and beyond.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 17
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £25,000 Your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £31,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
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