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THE RATINGS PACKAGE

  • MOST OF OUR PERSONNEL ARE KNOWN AS RATINGS. AS A RATING YOU WILL PROVIDE THE SKILLS AND EXPERTISE NEEDED TO OPERATE OUR TECHNOLOGY, CARRY OUT REPAIRS AND PUT OUR OPERATIONS INTO PRACTICE. FOR MANY OF THESE ROLES YOU WILL NOT NEED ANY SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS BECAUSE WE WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE TRAINING YOU NEED.

    Promotion

    There are excellent promotion opportunities for all Royal Navy Ratings.

    With more training and experience, you could be promoted to the rate of Leading Hand, and then Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer and, ultimately, Warrant Officer 1.

    To qualify for promotion you have to be selected at a promotion board. Selection is based on merit, so if you have the potential, you can be promoted quickly.

    If you have the aptitude and academic ability, there are also opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer.

    Pay

    Royal Navy pay compares well with similar civilian jobs. As well as basic pay, we offer extra money for special skills and daily allowances for being at sea after a certain period.

    The Royal Navy reviews rates of pay each year and your pay will increase if you are promoted.

    Benefits

    We also offer a good pension scheme, six weeks' holiday a year on full pay, and excellent free medical and dental care.

    Minimum service

    From 1 November 2006, all Royal Navy/ Royal Marines Ratings and Other Ranks will join on a Full Career, which is for 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. There may be opportunities to extend service beyond the Full Career, depending on the needs of the Service and your wishes.

    If you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires.

    Skills

    In the Royal Navy, you will have the opportunity to gain all kinds of skills, from the technical know-how you will need to do your job, to personal qualities like teamworking, problem solving, self-confidence and leadership.

    You will also be able to earn Marine Safety Agency Certificates in Firefighting, First Aid, Sea Survival, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.

    Your future

    All the skills and qualifications you can gain are recognised and valued by businesses outside the Royal Navy, and you will find they open up a wide range of opportunities for you if you decide to leave. PDF fileRoyal Navy Pay information.

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