Your Royal Navy training is made up of two phases: Royal Navy Basic Training and Royal Navy Professional Training. Royal Navy Basic Training takes place at HMS Raleigh and lasts for 10 weeks.

The Royal Navy Basic Training consists of both physical and mental tests, whilst giving you a taste of what being in the Royal Navy is like.

The second phase of Royal Navy Training will be specific to your career in the Royal Navy. The length of the Royal Navy Professional Training depends on the branch and role of the Royal Navy Recruit.

Royal Navy Basic Training Physical Condition

To get off to a good start in your Royal Navy Basic Training you should be in the best physical condition. To hit the ground running when you start your training, you need to be in the best possible physical condition.

Life in the Royal navy Service is varied and wide-ranging and therefore requires a good level of physical fitness. You don’t have to be an Olympic champion to join the Navy in fact, many of the recruits are already fit enough, while others may simply need to do a little training.

Royal Navy offers three Fitness Plans to make sure that you are in the best possible shape and help you prepare for the rigours of Royal Navy Basic Training. Link to

  • Beginner: If you are not currently training or have been training for less than two months
  • Intermediate; If you are currently training or have been training for somewhere between 2-6 months
  • Advanced: If you have been training frequently for over a year, and for more than 3-4 times a week

There will also be a swimming test during Royal Navy Basic Training, so if you cannot swim at the time of applying to the Royal Navy then make sure you learn by the time you join.

Royal Navy Basic Training HMS Raleigh

Your Royal Navy career begins with a 10 week basic training course at HMS Raleigh.  HMS Raleigh is a shore based facility, spread over several square, miles near Torpoint in Cornwall, as well as a permanently moored training ship, the former HMS Brecon.

At HMS Raleigh, you will learn discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills that will be used throughout you career in e the Royal Navy.

You will be taught the fundamentals of life in the Royal Navy, including some basic ceremonial duties and drills. Then you will progress to more advanced seamanship training, study navigational theory, complete weapons drills and tackle obstacle courses.

Roles and Specialisations

There are many roles and specialisation available in the Royal Navy and it is best to choose a role in a branch and service that interests you. After this you will be able to specialise even further, gaining a range of unique skills through world-class training available in the Royal Navy.

There are two distinct routes levels of entry into the Royal Navy. You can either join as an officer, or as a rating.

Who Joins The Royal Navy?

Royal Navy recruits come from all the UK and overseas, from all sorts of backgrounds, and range in age from 16 to 36. You will join the service as a civilian but by the time you have completed Initial Naval Training, you will have learned the core maritime skills of the Royal Navy, from tackling fires at sea to firing an SA80 assault rifle.

Most importantly of all, they you have developed the Navy’s core values of Commitment, Courage, Discipline, Respect, Integrity and Loyalty.

Royal Navy Nationality and Residency Requirements

Some roles have stricter nationality and residency requirements than others for security reasons, but in general you can join the Royal Navy if you are:

  • A national of the United Kingdom or Ireland
  • A Commonwealth citizen who is applying from inside their own country must be 18. If a resident of the UK you can apply at 16.  You must hold a current in date passport and it is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that they have permission to be in the UK and this permission is valid for the entirety of the recruitment process up to the point of entry (this does not apply to citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Malta and the Republic of Cyprus)
  • A dual Commonwealth or British national who is not required to complete national service (written evidence is required)
  • A British national living abroad

Royal Navy Swimming Test

To join the Royal Navy or Royal Marines you must be able to swim.  The Naval Swimming Test is conducted in a swimming pool, where you will need to display your ability to operate in water.

To pass the Naval Swimming Test you must be able to jump into deep water wearing overalls and tread water for 2 minutes.  On completion, you must be able to swim 50 metres (2 lengths) in a further 4 minutes – again in overalls – without touching the side or bottom, before climbing out unaided from the deep-end.

In addition, you are expected to jump off a 3m diving board to simulate falling overboard.  Non-swimmers will not be eligible to progress forward in to basic training.

Ratings: Stages and Standards

Before you can start your training, we need to conduct several physical assessments. Once successfully completed you can begin your Royal Navy career. The three stages of Royal Navy basic training that you will have to complete are:

  • Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
  • Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC)
  • Basic Training

Each stage has its own assessments, where you will need to meet them to prove you’re up to the physical demands required to commence your Royal Navy training and be prepared and ready to commence your Royal Navy journey.

You will be taken to the required fitness levels during your Initial Naval Training where a series of physical tests will prepare you for the start of your Royal Navy career. You will be given an entry date by your AFCO, who will also arrange your travel. This information will be provided at least 28-days in advance to give you time to make any necessary arrangements.

Royal Navy Continuous Advancement

Royal Navy Training does not stop with Militarisation and Professional Training as training is a continuous process for all Royal Navy personnel, whether that means improving existing skills or learning new ones. There will also be the opportunity to learn functional skills and get qualifications like GCSEs and A-levels.

From Initial Naval Training right through to specialisation and on-the-job professional development, life in the Royal Navy is all about striving to be the best and not resting on your laurels.

This philosophy of continuous self-improvement permeates every area of Navy life – and whether you are stationed at a UK Naval base or onboard an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean, you will always have the opportunity to improve yourselves and grow your skills.

Initial Royal Navy Basic Training Kit

In order for you to make a good start in your Royal Navy Basic Training, Supply Drop are offering a full Royal Navy Basic Training kit at hugely discounted rates compared to buying the items individually from Amazon.

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