How to Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

Looking to join the Royal Navy as a Foreigner or Commonwealth citizen? Read on to find out what you need to do to join!

Since November 2018, the British Armed forces has opened its doors to foreign nationals and Commonwealth citizens. While Commonwealth citizens were previously legible to join the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, or Army, the Armed Forces are accepting more applications from Commonwealth citizens.

To be precise, 1,350 new positions per year have been opened for Commonwealth citizens who wish to join the Armed Forces. 1,000 of these spaces are allotted to the Army. 300 for the Royal Navy, and 50 for the Royal Air Force. This number may increase in the future.

Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

Eligibility to Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreigner

Joining the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth citizen is more viable now with the increased Commonwealth recruiting numbers. However, there are still eligibility criteria you must meet before you can join:

  • Nationality – To join the Royal Navy, you must be either a British citizen, British national, British/Dual national, Commonwealth citizen, or Irish Republic national;
  • Age Requirements – To join the Royal Navy as a UK citizen, you must be aged 16-36 years old. If you are a Commonwealth citizen, you must be at least 18 years old.
  • Passport – Commonwealth citizens must hold a valid passport.

List of Commonwealth Countries

If you are a citizen of any of the following countries, then you are eligible to join the Royal Navy: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalem, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu and Zambia.

Conclusion – Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

Now you know what it takes to begin your application for the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth citizen. If you’d like to learn more, check out our guide: How to Join the Royal Navy.

Join the Royal Navy as a Foreigner

27 thoughts on “How to Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      Great stuff, we look forward to seeing you represent the Royal Navy!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  1. Dickson Pasky says:

    Great stuff, i am 28 of age and i like the army so much , so am i allowed join? And where can i start to apply ?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Dickson,

      It would depend on your current citizenship status. Are you a member of a commonwealth country? If not, you would need to obtain British Citizenship.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  2. Mohamed Haroun Kuyateh says:

    I am a Sierra Leonean and I would like to be enlisted into the royal Navy, How do I go about it please?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      Please could you explain what you mean by the term ‘lock’? Tattoos are acceptable, it just depends where on the body they are, and what the design is.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  3. judah christian says:

    I also have a Rastafarian hair type is there length requirements?also a hand tattoo is this allowed? I was reading chapter 38 of the policy & appearance is that info acurate?it stayted as of February 2019 some policies were adjusted.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Judah,

      Unfortunately Anguilla is not in the commonwealth, so you would need to apply for British citizenship first. In regards to your haircut, and the tattoo, the army would need to assess these during the selection process. There’s no definitive way for us to say if they would be deemed acceptable or not.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • judah christian says:

      I do have a passport from the United kingdom which should be a plus, do one still have to apply for citizenship after owning a valid United kingdom passport? because that is what I use to travel to and from the UK and i get the waiver for the U.S.

  4. judah christian says:

    I do have a passport from the United kingdom which should be a plus, do one still have to apply for citizenship after owning a valid United kingdom passport? because that is what I use to travel to and from the UK and i get the waiver for the U.S.

  5. Momodou papa Njie says:

    I`m Mr.Njie and am from the Gambia am i eligible to join the royal navy because Gambia is one of the commonwealth countries but i haven`t seen my country listed on the commonwealth countries

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      Gambia is one of Commonwealth countries, so you would be eligible to apply! Give it a go and let us know how you get on =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  6. Muhamed Febil E P says:

    Hi,
    I have already applied and got my entry date to royal navy. Right now i am stuck in India because British high commission in India is rejecting my visa to uk. I need to complete my PRNC before joining. For that i need to come to uk with my own valid visa. How will i apply for a visa to enter uk for completing my PRNC ?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Muhamed,

      Unfortunately we are not able to assist with visa specific issues – this is something you would need to discuss with the army directly.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  7. Semesa Niumatasere says:

    Hi My name is Semesa, from Fiji. I have just submitted the request for application and register of interest. currently interested in the field of ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO. i wish to know the next step, shall i wait for their response via email? for me to proceed with my application?. Kidnly appreciate your advise. Thanks

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      If the army deems your application to be strong enough for the next stage, they’ll get in touch with you using the contact details that you provided. So, sit tight and hopefully they’ll be in touch soon!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

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