Royal Navy Commonwealth Applicants

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen, you no longer need to be a UK resident to apply, which means a career in the Royal Navy is more accessible than ever.

You can find all the roles currently available to Commonwealth applicants below. To apply, you will need to hold a valid passport and meet the eligibility criteria for your chosen role. If you’re an overseas applicant, you need to be age 18 or over and have a Visa. If you live in the UK, you can apply from age 16 and will need a biometric residency card.

If you wish to apply as a Nursing Rating or Nursing Officer you need to hold registration with the Nursing and Midwifery council. If you wish to join as a Medical Officer and your primary medical qualification is from outside the UK or EEA the General Medical Council needs to make sure it is acceptable in the UK.

Interested? Read on to find out how you could start a life of travelling the world and protecting the UK’s interests.

 

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Joining the Royal Navy as a non-UK national

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Bringing your family

Once you are a serving member of the Royal Navy, you are exempt from immigration controls.

That means you won’t need a visa to stay in the UK as long as you remain in service. This is the case from the day you start training.

Normal immigration rules will still apply to your family, so they could need a visa to visit the UK and may only be able to stay for a limited period of time. It's also important that your family meet the minimum English language requirements.  

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Minimum income requirements

If you want to bring your family to the UK, you’ll need to meet minimum income requirements, which vary based on your family circumstances.

  • £18,600 gross salary needed to bring a partner
  • £22,400 to bring a partner and a child
  • +£2,400 for each additional child
  • £16,000 savings over this amount can count
  • £18,489 a rating starting salary after training
 
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Visa costs

Once you meet the minimum income requirements, you will need to pay the appropriate visa costs. These include:

  • £1,532 per dependent for a five-year visa
  • £2,389 per dependent to permanently settle in the UK (2018/19) after five years of residency
  • £1,330 per dependent to gain UK citizenship by naturalisation (2018/19) after 12 months of holding permanent settlement

The Royal Navy cannot help you with any of these visa costs. Remember, choosing to settle permanently in the UK is entirely voluntary and is not a requirement. 

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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: A-level or BTEC
  • Salary: £33,000 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Biomedical Scientist

You’ll provide a clinical laboratory service to support the medical team.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £30,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

You’ll train to become a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £20,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £30,000 Earn over this amount after university and initial training
  • Benefits: Extra pay for everyday spent at sea
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Catering Services (Chef)

You’ll run an efficient commercial kitchen, and make sure our people have the food they need to get the job done, wherever they are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Salary after training +£5,000 joining bonus
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as your career progresses
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Chaplain

As a ‘friend and adviser to all’, you’ll preach the word, and give spiritual and moral guidance to any person serving in a fighting force.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 49
  • Education: Degree
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Potential to become one of three Principal Chaplains
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Dental Hygienist

Experience dental practise incomparable to civilian life, on land or at sea, all over the world. .

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn up to this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Dental Nurse

Be a central part of a professional dental practise that travels the world looking after the health of our people.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn up to this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Dental Officer

Utilise your professional expertise to make a vital contribution to the well-being of the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 25 - 54
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £41,000 Minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Earn up to this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Direct Entry Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

Solve complex mechanical/electrical engineering problems using sophisticated diagnostic test and evaluation equipment.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: BTEC
  • Salary: £36,800 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: NVQs Get funding for qualifications
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Environmental Health Officer

Lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 22 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £41,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

You’ll use advanced equipment to provide information about local tides, currents, sea depth and even the seabed.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Logistics Officer

You’ll ensure our operations run efficiently, and that all of our personnel have what they need, when they need it, wherever they are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £27,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Paid holiday
  • Progression: £33,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: 6 weeks paid holiday
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Marine Engineer Officer

You’ll lead the day-to-day maintenance of our cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations couldn’t happen.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £27,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £33,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Medical Assistant

As part of the medical team, you’ll provide day-to-day healthcare for your crewmates.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Medical Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £41,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £31,000 The minimum you’ll earn following basic military training at HMS Raleigh
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £50,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Mental Health Nurse (Student)

You’ll work in one of the Royal Navy Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Mine Clearance Diver

You’ll identify mines or other explosives and dispose of them, whether they’re in shallow water or out at sea.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Minimum annual salary after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free dental and medical care
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Mine Warfare Specialist

You’ll find mines using mine-hunting sonar, and deal with them using a remote-controlled disposal vehicle.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Naval Airman Aircraft Handler

Work with some of the most cutting-edge aircraft in existence as part of the team that keeps them flight ready.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Naval Nurse (Student)

You’ll gain the all skills and qualifications you need for a career in nursing.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £20,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £31,000 Earn over this amount after university and initial training
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Nursing Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £32,000 Your minimum salary following training at BRNC
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £55,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £32,000 Your minimum salary following training at BRNC
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £50,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

You’ll gain all the skills and qualifications you need for a career as an Operating Department Practitioner.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Qualified)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Student)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A Levels
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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Royal Navy Police

Maintain the vital service discipline that keeps every Naval mission on track.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 21 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 Minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Seaman Specialist

You’ll gain the specialist skills needed to steer the ship, act as lookout and communicate with other ships.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Supply Chain Logistician

You’ll manage the delivery of vital stores and equipment to Navy personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Warfare Specialist

You’ll detect threats to your ship, identify targets and make crucial tactical decisions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Writer Logistician

On board you’ll be responsible for Human Resources (HR), handling legal matters and financial administration.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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