Navy Graduate Careers

The Royal Navy’s role is rich and varied which, naturally, means yours will be too. You could find yourself helping prevent global conflict or delivering vital humanitarian aid. You’ll also receive internationally recognised qualifications, with first-class leadership training that will put you head-and-shoulders above other candidates for the rest of your career.

Turning Graduates into Officers

We have opportunities for high-calibre, self-starting graduates to become Royal Navy officers. As an officer you will be an important part of our command structure, charged with managing the men and women that make up our world-leading maritime defence.

You’ll also have access to an almost limitless career ladder as well as training and leisure activities that few other organisations can provide. You might choose to work towards further qualifications, such as a masters degree, or you could find yourself managing up to thirty colleagues within two years.  

"It’s more than a graduate scheme, it’s an open door to travelling the world and working on some interesting equipment as you do."

MEng Materials Engineer - Junior Marine Engineer Officer


We invest extensively in training that is 100% tailored to the needs and interests of our officers. It will give you a broad range of transferable skills in your chosen field, much more quickly than other employers.

So if you want to pursue postgraduate study or work towards being a Chartered Engineer, for example, you can. We’ll pay for it and give you the time to study - how far you go is up to you. If you decide to switch career, you’ll find yourself at the top of the pile.

Personal Development

Life as a Royal Navy officer is challenging. It’s demanding and it will push you to mental and physical limits you didn’t even know you were capable of.

We call it lifelong learning, and exam certificates and qualifications are just the start. Thanks to the breadth of experience officers have, you’ll develop professional and interpersonal skills that are invaluable in every aspect of your life.


You’ll have all the support you need to reach your career goals and personal ambitions. But you’ll also have the support of your crew mates and colleagues who will become your close friends.

Not only that, when you’re on operations, you’ll usually get access to home comforts including TV, email access and your favourite treats via the on-board shop. Most of the time you’ll be able to get in touch with family and friends via satellite phone and social media.

What do I need?

Focus and fitness

Fitness, in body and mind, is imperative. And it’s not just the 2.4km run you have to do before you even start training, or the physical fitness levels you’ll need every day as an officer. It means mental sharpness and agility, too. It means being able to focus on the situation in hand, while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

Dedication and determination

You’ll be getting stuck in from the moment you start training, and we’re there to support you. But that doesn’t mean we’ll be holding your hand - you’ll need to be dedicated and show determination from day one, because your ability to lead in challenging situations is paramount.

Joining process

  1. Find your role on our Gradcracker Hub
  2. Click 'Apply online now' and complete the online application
  3. We’ll then book you in for the Defence Aptitude Assessment
  4. Take the medical tests and the Royal Navy pre-joining fitness test
  5. Pass the Admiralty Interview Board
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