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Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner)
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Supply Chain Logistician (Submariner)

With a £5,000 bonus for earning your 'Dolphin's', you’ll ensure Submariners have the equipment and supplies they need for long periods below the surface.

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  • £18,000 - £68,000
  • No qualifications
  • Submarine Service
  • Logistics
  • Rating level

At a glance

Logistics is the backbone of the Royal Navy. You'll work closely with your Logistics Officer to make sure your crewmates have what they need, when they need it - all over the world. Without you, the submarine wouldn't - and couldn't - be operational. And you'll also get the £5,000 bonus for earning your 'Dolphins'.

Supply chain submariners on board a submarine
It’s really satisfying knowing you’re the go-to whenever people need something, and fascinating learning all about how that works on a global level. Being a Submariner? It’s another level!


Supply Chain (Submariner), Logistics branch

Role details

What you’ll do

Logistics is the backbone of the Royal Navy. It’s your job to work closely with your Logistics Officer to make sure your crewmates have what they need, when they need it – wherever you are in the world. But being a logistician in the Submarine Service is different. A submarine’s first defence is stealth, so giving away its position is a huge consideration. Trips to the surface are for food supplies and your crewmates’ morale. These vital factors, and millions of pounds-worth of equipment, are in your hands. Without you, the submarine wouldn’t – and couldn’t – be operational.

Your role

  • You’ll learn all the skills you need to ensure your submarine has everything it needs to be operationally effective, regardless of the rigours of the highly classified mission you’re deployed on
  • Learn about managing a complex global supply chain, and how to source the items you need, all over the world
  • Learn additional skills as an Incident Board operator, helping damage-control teams fight fires and floods
  • Stay up to date with industry best practice, gaining internationally recognised qualifications, including an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage

Pay & benefits

  • A £5,000 bonus for earning your ‘Dolphins’ - the mark of a Submariner
  • A salary of at least £23,000 as soon as you finish training
  • Potential earnings of £68,000
  • Additional Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care

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 Warehousing and Storage, and work towards becoming a member of a number of professional organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Skills you'll develop

  • The ability to lead and manage multiple, high-pressure projects at the same time, being at once proactive and reactive, but never losing your cool head – or sight of the bigger picture
  • You’ll develop teamwork of the highest level and a pin-sharp eye for detail under the most testing conditions, learning the intricacies of global supply chain management


  • You need to be aged between 16 - 39 
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • You must be a United Kingdom citizen or British Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • You must have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously prior to application
  • You need to be a minimum height of 157cm
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • The ability to thrive on responsibility 
  • Confidence making decisions in high-pressure situations
  • 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


Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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