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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2008
    Age on entry:
    Full British or British/dual
    No specific qualifications are needed
    Only men can serve as Warfare Ratings in the Submarine Service
    Job Description

    As a Warfare Specialist Tactical Submariner, (TSM) you will be right at the core of an elite Submarine team. Submarines provide unique stealth and firepower for the Royal Navy. This stealth relies on the ability to remain undetected and to detect potential targets. You will be trained to the highest possible standards to operate both radar and electronic listening equipment."

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end 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. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

    Warfare Specialist Tactical (Submariner) information packPDF fileDownload the PDF

    On board

    Name: Chard Smallberger
    Age: 34

    Why did you join the Submarine Service?

    I'd been working with a big DIY firm and was doing OK but I'd wanted to be a Submariner since the age of seven when I watched the Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me! On the way home one day I passed an Armed Forces Careers Office, so I went in and took it from there.

    What has been your best moment?
    Gaining my Dolphins that show I'm a qualified Submariner.


    What do you need to be aware of in your job?

    You need to be one step ahead of the game. If we know that we're going to be coming near another submarine or ship, we need to start thinking: What broadcasts could they be on? Can we read them? If it's another submarine, we could find out if she's going to come up. Any little bit of information will help the tacticians home in and find her.