Whatever your education and qualifications, there are roles for everyone in the Royal Navy. There are some basic eligibility criteria that you’ll need to meet depending on the branch of the Naval Service you’re interested in. Generally all jobs are open to both men and women. The only exceptions are roles in the Royal Marines, which are only open to men. Women can join the Royal Marines Band Service though.
To see which jobs you can do with the qualifications you have use the Role Finder. To find out about the general entry requirements, take a look below.
Get fit to join
If you’re thinking of joining the Royal Navy you’ll need to make sure you’re in great shape – and have the strength and stamina to survive, and make the most of, basic training. To help you get ready, we’ve put together a fitness programme which will get you in the zone.
When can I join?
You can join most Royal Navy branches from 16, up to your 37th birthday. The age limit for becoming an officer is different – and you must be within it when you enter Britannia Royal Naval College. If you’re too young, we can put you on a waiting list.