Interest in joining the Royal Navy has surged during the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase has prompted a third naval base to turn civilians into sailors. Applications to join the Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary are up by about 30% compared to pre Covid-19 numbers which showed the Covid-19 Impact on Royal Navy Recruitment.

Figures went up by 34% for officers and 28% for those wanting to become ratings or join the ranks of the commandos.

An additional 500 recruits will complete their initial naval training package at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire. The centre is the Royal Navy’s Warfare and Weapon engineering school and its largest training establishment.

This is in addition to Britannia Royal Naval College, the spiritual home of the Officer Corps in Dartmouth, Devon, which has started to take on a second intake of recruits on the 10-week initial course.

The training is traditionally performed at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint. However, despite the Cornish centre increasing its capacity and taking on an extra 330 recruits, more space is still needed.

HMS Raleigh is expected to produce more than 3,000 new sailors over the next 12 months.

Over the past 12 months, nearly 6,000 people have applied to become officers across the Navy, with one in nine aiming to become an F-35 or helicopter pilot.

Royal Navy Training Has Continued

Royal Navy training has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and the service is continuing to perform its tasks and assist in the Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Covid-19 has had a marginal impact on some training availability, but the training has been adapted to meet the circumstances using better technology.

The relative security of a military career amid uncertain times, apprenticeship schemes and an advertising campaign targeting the Submarine Service have all helped boost interest in the Navy.

If you are due to start my Royal Navy or Royal Marines training any changes will be communicated through the Defence Recruiting System (DRS) applicant portal.

If you are booked for a Royal Navy Selection Interview a Careers Adviser will be in touch as soon possible with more information.  Royal Navy Careers Advisers have ceased face-to-face interaction; but are still operating via telephone and digital communications and will be continuing to work to support your application.

The Armed Forces Careers Offices (AFCOs) are still open and are available to discuss any queries over the telephone.

Medical screening has resumed and Pre-Joining Fitness Testing (PJFT) with Nuffield Gymnasiums is open for bookings.

Royal Navy Recruitment

During Covid-19 recruitment fairs changed from physical to a bespoke virtual events solution to ensure a continuation of the recruitment pipeline the amazing benefits and opportunities available as part of a career in the Royal Navy.

The main target audience is 16-24 year olds. This demographic is typically hard to engage with in a competitive market as they are heavily influenced by ‘gatekeepers’, such as parents or guardians.  help us engage with the target audience more effectively.

There are intimate local recruitment events, through to large scale, outreach and engagement stands.

Covid-19 Impact on Royal Navy Recruitment

Supply Drop have also been working throughout the Pandemic supplying quality products to initial training recruits.