What's next to become a rating?

First, find the role that suits you. Think about what you like doing now, and what you’d like to do in the future. Of course make sure you’re eligible before you fill in the online form.

If you know what role you want and you’re ready to apply now, you can use the ‘apply’ form. We’ll then email you a link to your online application.

If you’re still not sure of your role or you’d like more information, then you can use our ‘find out more’ form and we’ll give you a call to talk you through your options.

How your career develops will depend on the role you’ve chosen. As a guideline, this is how you can expect it to progress:

Initial Training

10 weeks: Based at HMS Raleigh, you’ll learn discipline, teamwork, organisation, weapon handling and firefighting. You’ll need to be physically fit and mentally agile.


Professional Training

3-12 months: Through time at sea and classroom-based learning, you’ll start gaining specialist skills and civilian-recognised qualifications.

1-5 years: Learning your trade and getting paid. You’ll be assigned to a ship for four years (although not all this time will be spent at sea), and you’ll start to put your learning into practice and work towards your next qualifications.

5+ years: If you show the right attributes, you could become a Warrant Officer and lead a team of ratings. You could then go on to be made a Commissioned Officer. Raleigh, you’ll learn discipline, teamwork, organisation, weapon handling and firefighting. You’ll need to be physically fit and mentally agile.