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As a Royal Marines Officer, you will manage ships and submarine operations. You will be responsible for all personnel on these vessels. This may be in a purely administrative capacity or you may be involved in the planning and execution of combat.

What does a Royal Navy officer do?
While you are on board ships and submarines, you will find yourself in all types of situations, ranging from combat exercises at sea to humanitarian operations.

You will also have a specialist role, such as:
  • A warfare officer, where you will be in control of weapons and defence systems, and will assist with navigation

  • Air fleet officer, where you will act as part of ground support to ensure that the ship’s aircraft are ready to fly when needed, or as a Navy pilot flying aircraft and helicopters

  • Engineering officers will oversee the maintenance of a vessel’s engines, weapon delivery systems, detection sensors and communications equipment

  • As a logistics officer, you will manage the control and delivery of supplies and equipment

  • Medical or nursing officer, a role that requires you will provide medical care to staff and their families on ships, submarines and ashore
Skills & interests required for a Royal Navy officer
  • Leadership skills

  • Self-determination and resilience

  • Self-discipline

  • Confidence

  • The ability to trust your own initiative

  • A high level of physical fitness

  • Working well under pressure
What hours does a Royal Navy officer typically do?
You will be on call 24-hours a day, working 8-hour shifts that include weekends and public holidays.
What environment is a Royal Navy officer based in?
You are likely to be based on a ship. But you must be prepared to work in all kinds of extreme weather and terrain.
How much does a Royal Navy officer travel?
You will be deployed to anywhere in the UK and overseas; you must be prepared to spend long periods of time away from home, sometimes for months at a time.
How much does a Royal Navy officer get paid?
A starting salary after training will between £25,750 per annum. With experience, and depending on ranking, you can earn up between £34,000 and £39,000 per annum. Once you are highly experienced, you can earn up to £79,000 per annum.
Perks & benefits
The chance to travel the world
What qualifications does a Royal Navy officer need?
The education requirements for this job are the minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and two A-levels. Plus, you will need to be aged 17 and over, at least 151.5cm tall and a national of the UK or Ireland.

A degree from any field could grant you access to the Royal Navy’s graduate programme.
Further reading
The Royal Navy

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