How to Join the Royal Navy in 2021

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HOW TO JOIN THE ROYAL NAVY

With the help of industry experts, we have put together the most comprehensive online resource to passing the Royal Navy selection process available. From initial application to the Recruit Test (RT), assessment centre to AFCO interview, we’ve covered every single base in this online resource.

It’s no secret that if you want to become a part of the British Royal Navy then you will need to work hard in order to be successful. So, let’s start off by telling you what the Royal Navy joining process involves and how we can help you!

We have collated a mass of insider information on how to successfully pass the selection process and it is all available on this page.

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The Royal Navy Selection Process

The Royal Navy recruitment process will normally consist of the following elements:

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Stage 1 – ONLINE REGISTRATION & APPLICATION

The first step on your route to joining the Navy is toregister your interest online, or by contacting your local Armed Forces Careers Office. There you will be required to fill out some basic information, learn about life in the Royal Navy and if you wish to proceed you can then submit an online application.

Joining the Royal Navy is a very big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You will need to consider your choice of career carefully and will be required to complete a short questionnaire that will determine your suitability for joining.

The Royal Navy has many different career options available, ranging from Aircraft Engineering Technicians through to Chefs and Medical Assistants. It is vital that you choose your career carefully and that you have valid reasons for your choice.

Stage 2 – The ROYAL NAVY RECRUITING Test (RT)

The Royal Navy Recruiting Test is a series of psychometric tests that are designed to assess your ability to perform to the demands of the Royal Navy and your chosen career. The tests are a tried and tested method of selection and are extremely accurate in assessing a candidate’s suitability.

The pass mark required for each role will vary depending on the requirements for each job. The test itself will normally be carried out at your local Armed Forces Careers Office and will be under strict timed conditions.

The four different testing areas are as follows:

Stage 3 – THE ARMED FORCES CAREERS OFFICE (AFCO) INTERVIEW

Once you have made contact with the AFCO, completed a questionnaire, watched a presentation and received your recruitment literature, then you will need to attend a virtual interview.

The first interview is designed to assess the reasons why you want to join and to also look at your skills, experiences and qualifications that you possess. The recruitment advisor will then be able to advise you on the type(s) of career that you may be more suited to.

Stage 4 – MEDICAL, EYE & FITNESS TESTS

Once you have passed the selection interview you will be required to pass a medical, an eye test, and the Royal Navy Pre-Joining Fitness test (PJFT). These assessments are put in place to get a snapshot of your general health and your ability to handle the physical demands of life in the Royal Navy.

The PJFT requires you to run 1.5 miles within a specific timeframe, which is usually carried out in a local gym or fitness centre on a treadmill. The test itself is designed to assess your ability to pass the initial Royal Navy recruit course. If you can reach the required standard then there is a good chance that you will pass the fitness tests that form part of initial training.

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Royal Navy Recruitment Process Stage 5 Final Stages

Stage 5 – Final Stages

The final stages of selection may include further specialist interviews and tests for specific roles within the Royal Navy. Your AFCO advisor will provide you with details of these if they relate to your specific career path. It is at this stage that the Royal Navy will make certain security and reference checks.

When you provide your references at the start of your application, bear in mind the following points:

  • One of your references will be either your head teacher or your current/previous employer.
  • Whoever else you choose as a reference be sure that they are going to provide you with an honest and suitable reference.
  • Ask your nominated references to provide you with a copy of what they have written about you. If you are asked any questions relative to the references provided then you can be prepared with a suitable response.

Once you have completed and successfully passed every stage of the selection process you will then be offered a starting date for your basic training which will take place at HMS Raleigh.

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Joining The Navy: Commonly Asked Questions

What qualifications are needed to join the Navy?

If you are joining in a non-officer role, many of the roles do not require any formal qualifications. However, you will be expected to pass a lengthy selection process to gauge your suitability for life in the Royal Navy. There may be some specialist roles that do require certain specific qualifications but you will be informed of this when you apply. The great thing about joining the navy is the potential to learn multiple skills and gain qualifications which you can use in your civilian occupation when you decide to leave the navy

At what age can you join the Navy?

You can apply to join from the age of 16, but if you are under the age of 18 you will need to have consent from your parents or guardians. The upper age limit for joining the navy is 39 years old, although the upper limit will differ depending on your chosen role. If you are under 16, you could consider joining the Sea Cadets, this is a fantastic opportunity to sample life at sea and also gaining an inside look at life in the Royal Navy and whether a career at sea is indeed suitable for you.

 

What are the requirements to join the Royal Navy?

Other than the age requirements mentioned in the last question, you must be a citizen of the UK or Ireland, a UK national living abroad or a dual Commonwealth/British national. The Royal Navy also accepts applications from members of the Commonwealth if certain conditions are met: The person must be 18 or over; Must hold a valid passport; Have permission to be in the UK for the entire selection process up to the point where service will start.

What is the Royal Navy salary?

As a rating you will start on a salary of £15,671 for your initial training. After 26 weeks you get an increase to £20,00 per annum. It is worth noting that you will receive a number of benefits which include a MOD pension, free healthcare, gym membership and subsidised food and accommodation. Another good benefit, is the Royal Navy will help you to get on the property ladder, if you so wish. If you are joining the navy as a medic or submariner the salary is higher. Please see below all of the standard salaries for Rating roles in the Royal Navy.

  • From Day 1 (New Recruit) £15,761
  • After 26 weeks £20,000
  • Leading Rating £33,038
  • Petty Officer £37,870
  • Warrant Officer, £51,800
How long does it take to join the Navy?

 

Although there is no set time for the selection process being completed from start to finish, this could take anything from 6 to 9 months. Please note during the pandemic this could be longer due to social distancing restrictions and the knock-on effect this could have

 

The Royal Navy Recruiting Test (RT)

Following the submission of your application form, provided you are successful, you’ll be invited to take part in what is known as the Royal Navy Recruiting Test (RT).

The RT is an examination, which tests you on the following areas:

  • Mechanical comprehension;
  • Numerical reasoning;
  • Spatial reasoning;
  • Verbal reasoning.

Now, let’s look at each of these sections in a bit more detail.

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Many jobs within the Royal Navy are practical, and therefore require an ability to understand mechanical concepts. This test assesses your ability to do just that – understand mechanical concepts. During the real test you will have 10 minutes to complete the 30 questions.

The numerical test is designed to assess how competent you are whilst working with basic numerical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages and algebra. You will have 16 minutes to answer 30 questions during the actual test.

The spatial reasoning test is used to assess your ability to ‘reason’ and ‘interpret’ information that is placed in front of you. This will be in the format of shapes, patterns or diagrams. In the actual test you will have 9 minutes in which to tackle the 30 questions.

The verbal ability test is designed to assess your ability to understand words and the connection between those words. During this test you will again have 9 minutes in which to tackle the 30 questions.

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Sample Royal Navy Interview Question

Once you have successfully passed the Recruiting Test you will then be invited to attend the AFCO interview.

During the interview you will be asked questions that relate to why you want to join, what you have to offer, your considerations for joining, what your family think about you joining and also what you already know about the Royal Navy and its operations.

Q. “Why do you want to join the British Royal Navy?”

Sample Response:

“I have been working towards my goal of joining the navy for a number of years now. A couple of years ago a careers advisor visited our school to talk about the Navy. After their presentation I went up to them and asked a few questions about the different career options that were available. Since that day I have set my sights on joining this organisation and I have been working hard to improve myself. To be honest, I want a career that give me direction, professional training and the chance to work with people who set themselves very high standards. I have spoken to a friend who already works in the Navy as a steward and he fully recommends it.

I’ve looked at the different career options outside of the Royal Navy and nothing matches up to the challenge or the sense of pride I would feel by joining a team like this. I play rugby at my school and being part of a winning team is something that I very much enjoy. Even though I am quite capable of working on my own I much prefer to work in a team where everyone is working towards the sames goal.

Finally, even though I have a good stable home life I can’t wait to leave home and see what’s out there. Even though travelling isn’t the be all and end all I am looking forward to visiting different countries and cultures. Many of my friends have never been out of their home town but that’s not for me. I want to broaden my skills and get some decent training in the process and I believe that I would be a great asset to the Royal Navy.”

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THE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS GUIDE INCLUDE:

HOW TO PASS THE ROYAL NAVY JOINING PROCESS

  • How to pass the Royal Navy selection process at the first attempt with high scores;
  • The top 10 insider tips and advice brought to you by RN recruitment staff;
  • Contacting the Royal Navy Careers Office and creating the right impression;
  • Selecting the right references;
  • How to pass the Royal Navy pre-joining fitness test;
  • How to create the right image;
  • Choosing the right career for you;
  • Completing the Royal Navy application form correctly.

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  • Mechanical comprehension tests that are like the RN recruiting test;
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  • How to prepare yourself for the Royal Navy interview;
  • Sample interview questions and how to answer them;
  • How you will be scored during the interview;
  • Top tips for passing the Royal Navy interview.
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