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Work life
Careers / life in the navy

Work life

Often demanding, sometimes testing. It’s about as far away from a typical 9 to 5 as you can get. That's why we’ll give you everything you need to be the very best.


Getting the job done

Getting the job done means working in extraordinary circumstances. But at the Royal Navy, we're only as good as our people. Whether you're at sea, or based on land, you'll be stretched physically, mentally and emotionally. It's a lifestyle, not a job. We're here to help you live it to your best potential. We will give you what you need to be the best you can be. World-class training. Industry-leading qualifications. Hands-on experience. The skills and experience we offer mean you can succeed beyond the Navy as well as thrive and progress within it.

Your first year

As a rating

All ratings start their careers with ten weeks of basic training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, near Plymouth. It’s your comprehensive introduction to the Royal Navy, that will really put you through your paces; you’ll learn an enormous amount and change just as much. Following your Passing-out parade, you’ll begin the Professional Training that’s specific to the role you’ve chosen. This is where you start learning your trade, before being assigned a posting where you start putting it into practice.

As an officer

All officers start their careers with 30 weeks of training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. It’s your comprehensive introduction to life as a Royal Navy Officer, focussing on practical military and maritime skills, as well as the leadership, teamwork, command and management skills required by your role. It’ll be as challenging as it is rewarding. Following your Passing-out parade, you’ll begin the specialist training that’s specific to the role you’ve chosen. This is where your Royal Navy career really begins to take off, and you can put what you’ve learned into practice.

Work life is a little different in the Marines

Life in the Royal Marines will always present you with challenges, but you’ll never experience anything like the 12 months that take you from civilian to proud owner of the green beret.
Learn more about the royal marines

Working up through the ranks

If you show potential and have the drive to work hard, you’ll have all the structure and support you need to progress quickly.
Learn more about career progression
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