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Royal Navy officer

Royal Navy officers manage ships and submarine operations and are responsible for all personnel in their command.

Potential salary

£27,273 to £45,984

Employment by 2024


Working hours


  • leadership skills to manage and motivate personnel
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills for making quick decisions
  • persistence and determination
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You'll be responsible for the welfare and management of those in your squadron or unit, and you'll also have a specialist role, like:

  • warfare officer, controlling weapons and defence systems, and assisting with navigation
  • air fleet officer, as part of ground support, making sure the ship’s aircraft are ready to fly when needed
  • Navy pilot flying aircraft and helicopters
  • engineering officer, overseeing the maintenance of a vessel's engines, weapon delivery systems, detection sensors and communications equipment
  • logistics officer, managing the control and delivery of supplies and equipment
  • medical or nursing officer, providing medical care to staff and their families on ships, submarines and ashore

You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.

You could work at a military base, in a warzone or on a ship.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience you could be promoted to sub-lieutenant, lieutenant and the higher ranks.

You can go into a wide range of careers after leaving the navy. The type of career open to you will depend on the skills, training and qualifications you've gained while serving.

The Career Transition Partnership, Quest and Troops to Teachers have more information on careers outside the armed forces.

You'll find more details about how to become an officer from the Royal Navy.

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