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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 9 to 5 as you can get. Getting the job done means working in extraordinary circumstances. But at the Royal Navy, we’re only as good as our people. That’s why we’ll give you everything you need to be the very best.
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Not your average 9-5

But you know that already - it’s why you’re here. 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.
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Part of something bigger

Being in the Navy means you’re part of something bigger. You have a unique opportunity to serve, to protect, to make a difference.
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World class training

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.
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I’ve always had a passion for skiing, whether that’s going away with some mates or just getting some practice on the local dry ski slope. Now I get to do it as part of my job. I never thought I’d say that. The tuition I got was great and now I’m at a level where I can ski competitively.

Roger, 27

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What to expect in your first year

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Day one

Your main job on day one will be getting to know your new space - and your new team.
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Week one

It’s go time! You’ll be busy this week: settling in, getting your kit sorted, marching, and starting drill training.
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Month one

By now, your fitness will be up, and you’ll be feeling like part of the Royal Navy. Training is intense, but you’ll have support when you need it.
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You’ve officially earned your place in The Royal Navy.

The passing-out parade is a great day for family and friends to celebrate your hard work and everything you’ve achieved.

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First year

Your Naval skills will start improving – from drills to weapon handling.

Your fitness levels will be up to standard, and you’ll begin feeling like you’re a part of the Royal Navy.

Got a question?

Need help finding your ideal role?
Our virtual recruiter is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day

Interested in joining?

Find your place in the Royal Navy. Make friends for life, learn new skills and experience the world.

What are your options?

Whatever your background, there’s a role to suit you. Take a look and find out where you could fit.
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