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Writer (Submariner)
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Writer (Submariner)

With a £5,000 bonus for earning your 'Dolphin's', you’ll be in charge of Human Resources (HR) as part of one of the Navy’s most elite teams.

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

At a glance

Fancy a £5,000 bonus? Fancy being about as far from a traditional ‘desk job’ as possible? As a submarine’s HR Administrator, you’ll make an invaluable contribution to the livelihood of your crew. Before anything else though, you’re a Submariner - part of the elite Silent Service.

Writer working on a computer
Being part of the Submarine Service makes me proud and gives me real purpose. Every day, I’m helping all my mates on board with what they need, and I get a kick out of knowing I’m part of something much bigger, too.


HR Administrator (Writer Submariner), Logistics branch

Role details

What you’ll do

As the HR Administrator of a Royal Navy submarine, you’ll make an invaluable contribution to the livelihood of your crew, and most importantly, the security of our nation and reputation of the Submarine Service. You’ll be in charge of Human Resources, dealing with legal matters, salaries, welfare and careers for your 120 crewmates. But most importantly the security of our nation and reputation of the Submarine Service.

But first and foremost you’re a Submariner, part of the highly trained, elite Silent Service. You’ll do everything from steering the submarine and damage control training, to delivering special forces behind enemy lines. It’s about as far from a ‘desk job’ as you can get.

Your role

  • Become an essential part of the behind-the-scenes team who ensure your crewmates have everything they need - from your fellow ratings to your Captain
  • You'll run an extremely tight HR operation, no matter where you are in the world - and regardless of the pressures of the operation you're deployed on
  • As a submariner, you'll make a vital contribution to highly classified missions all over the world, part of the team that's at the vanguard of our nation's defence
  • Stay up to date with industry best practice, gaining recognised HR qualifications including an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

Pay & benefits

  • A £5,000 bonus for earning your 'Dolphins', the mark of the Submarine Service
  • A starting salary of over £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 a Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard 

Skills you'll develop

  • The excellent organisational skills needed for a seamless HR operation, valued by employers all over the world
  • A pin-sharp eye for detail, collaborative teamwork, professionalism and problem-solving, and the ability to communicate at all levels 


  • 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

  • A keen interest in HR, and its importance within the Submarine Service
  • A genuine people person, who can be proactive and reactive in a broad variety of personal and professional 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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