High priority role
Service:Surface Fleet
Food and drink

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

The Royal Navy’s global maritime influence doesn’t only come from its ships, submarines and aircraft. Its strength is also far subtler than that. The Royal Navy is our nation’s front of house, where crucial new alliances are forged, and existing ones are maintained. Working in hospitality, you’re on the frontline of these relationships, making sure our hospitality is second-to-none for the broad range of people and personnel you’ll look after, wherever you are in the world.

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Your role

  • Our world-class training means you’ll learn everything about the hospitality industry at the highest level, from premium front of house service to the behind the scenes organisation that enables it.
  • Day to day, you’ll be running a smooth, seamless operation, whether that’s making sure the Commanding Officer has everything they need, to ensuring their guests leave with the best possible impression of the Royal Navy and our nation.
  • Gain a broad range of hospitality qualifications that are valued by employers around the world, including an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services.
  • Learn additional skills as an Incident Board Operator, helping damage-control teams fight fires and floods.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses, like an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services and a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services

Skills you'll develop

  • How to run a hospitality event of the highest standard, regardless of the operational pressures of what’s going on around you
  • A pin-sharp eye for detail, discretion, collaborative teamwork, and the ability to communicate at all levels

Career progression

What you'll need


  • There are no minimum qualification requirements
  • You’ll need to be aged at least 15 years and 9 months old when you apply, and under 37 years old when you begin basic training
  • You need to be 16 years old on entry
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • A keen interest in high standards of hospitality
  • A cool head for the pressures of the industry
  • A problem-solver, with a common sense approach, who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

Once you have essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it’s time to start your specialist training. As part of your hospitality training, you’ll embark on an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services, working towards a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services and Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Hospitality Services), among many others that include everything from Food Hygiene to Employee Rights and Responsibilities. Your training includes: 

  • Comprehensive hospitality and event management training – from how to run a drinks reception to silver service
  • Computerised accounting
  • Accommodation management
  • Bar stock management
  • Stock accounting