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Warfare Specialist
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Warfare Specialist

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

  • £18,500 - £56,000
  • No qualifications
  • Surface Fleet
  • Warfare
  • Rating level

At a glance

You’re the one who identifies our targets, and our threats. You’re there at the start of every mission, and play a vital role throughout. From working in the ops room of a warship to preparing essential weaponry.
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As a Warfare Specialist I get to operate state of the art equipment, weapons and I also get to travel the world with people I am proud to call my friends.


Warfare Specialist, Warfare Branch

Role details

What you’ll do

Being a Warfare Specialist in the Royal Navy means you’re the person who identifies our targets, and our threats. Whether working in the Operations Room or on the ship's Weapon Systems you will be the heartbeat of the war-fighting effort. This job comes with serious responsibility, get it wrong and the ship could sustain damage, get it right and the enemy is defeated.

Your role

There are four sub-specialisations for Warfare Specialist:

  • Abovewater Warfare Tactical:  You will work with some of the most advanced and sophisticated RADAR and Computer Systems on the planet.
  • Abovewater Warfare Weapons:  You will be trained to operate state-of-the-art weapon and missile systems.
  • Electronic Warfare:  You will operate specialist equipment to assist to intercept and analyse electromagnetic (RADAR) emissions to determine their identity.
  • Underwater Warfare:  You will become the Royal Navy's 'Submarine Hunters', trained in how to operate the most advanced SONAR systems.

Pay & benefits

  • A salary that rises to £23,496 after initial training
  • Earn in excess of £56,383 as your career progresses
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Attain a Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship
  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses

Skills you'll develop

  • The ability to work accurately and calmly under extreme pressure
  • Become a master at analysing complex information, using your tactical knowledge to produce concise and insightful reports


  • You must be aged 16 to 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
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • An ability to thrive in high-pressure situations; we will teach you to thrive in a high-pressure situation
  • Teamwork
  • A passion for life at sea
  • 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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