Royal Navy Rating

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Royal Navy ratings serve onboard ships, submarines and in naval bases, like the one at Faslane. Their work varies depending on their trade or specialism, from steering ships as a seaman or woman to servicing and repairing aircraft as an air engineering technician.

The Work

You can choose from around 60 rating jobs in the six branches:

All Royal Navy ratings must be ready to serve anywhere in the UK and overseas and must be prepared to go into combat zones at any time.

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for Royal Navy ratings is £16,235 during basic training. After completing 26 weeks training, this rises to £20,000.

Salaries according to ranks are:

You get extra allowances in some jobs and for being overseas. The Royal Navy provides subsidised food and accommodation, uniforms and protective clothing, free healthcare and a pension.


You should be aware that in the Royal Navy you will at times be operating in difficult and dangerous conditions and there may be the risk of injury or death.

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Getting In

The selection process includes:

If you are accepted:

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What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On

More Information

For detailed information about the Royal Navy, phone 0345 607 5555 or visit the Royal Navy website. The Ministry of Defence website is also helpful.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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