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

4 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!


      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.


      The How2Become Team

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