We are the Royal Navy

In 2010 the UK cadet forces celebrated 150 years of the movement, which today covers more than 130,000 youngsters and 25,000 adult volunteers. Although not a direct recruiting system, the various cadet groups thrive on the links with their 'parent' Service, its ethos and its values.

Our services

Our Ranks

Officers

What is an officer?

  • Royal Navy Officers are typically university graduates, although many join straight from sixth form or college.
  • They are typically school leavers looking to develop their skills and travel the world while earning a wage.
  • The minimum academic standard for entry as an officer is five GCSEs (A* to C) and two A Levels; however, some officer roles require specific vocational degrees.
  • Officer roles come with a lot of responsibility, both for the safety and wellbeing of the crew and for the outcome of operations.
  • Over the course of their training and throughout their naval career, officers develop excellent leadership skills, which go on to serve them well in the civilian world.

Ratings

What is a rating?

  • Ratings are the people who get the job done. They work across approximately 60 different roles, from hospitality to engineering
  • They typically join as school leavers looking to develop their skills and travel the world while earning a wage
  • As part of a highly trained team that puts strategies into practice, ratings perform the daily tasks that enable the Royal Navy to protect our nation’s interests
  • They get to work on some of the most advanced warships, submarines and aircraft in the world