Royal Navy applicants must successfully complete each stage of the Royal Navy Recruitment process to join the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy selection process is very competitive, and the successful completion of these stages does not guarantee an offer of employment.

The first step on your route to joining the Royal Navy is to make contact with your local Armed Forces Careers advisor.

Royal Navy Informal Interview

The first interview is more of an informal chat, which should last no longer than thirty minutes.

The Royal Navy informal interview is designed to assess the reasons why you want to join the Royal Navy and to also look at your skills, experiences and qualifications that you possess. The recruitment advisor will then be able to advise you on the type(s) of career that you may be more suited too. These range from Aircraft Engineering Technicians through to Chefs and Medical Assistants.

Royal Navy Recruitment Aptitude Test

The Royal Navy Aptitude Test is basically a series of psychometric tests that are designed to assess your ability to perform to the demands of the Royal Navy and your chosen career.

The skills and abilities which are being assessed during the aptitude test include:

  • Reasoning (30 questions in 9 minutes)
  • English Language (30 questions in 9 minutes)
  • Numeracy (30 questions in 16 minutes)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (30 questions in 10 minutes)

Royal Navy Selection Interview

The selection interview is far more in depth than the first interview and you will need to carry out a lot of preparation.

During the selection interview, you will be asked questions that relate to:

  • Why you want to join the Royal Navy
  • What you have to offer to the Royal Navy
  • What are your considerations for joining
  • What your family think about you joining
  • What you already know about the Royal Navy and its operations.

Royal Navy Medical Exam

The medical and eye exam are quite comprehensive, because life in the Royal Navy is physically demanding.

The examination includes measuring your heart rate, your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and you will have to provide a urine sample.

Royal Navy Fitness Test

The test is usually carried out in a local gym or fitness centre and involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time limit.

Pre-Royal Navy Course

Once you’ve been given an entry date, you’ll need to attend a four-day assessment, the Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC). The PRNC is a comprehensive physical examination, including a number of running and swimming tests, which will confirm that you’re ready for entry. At this course you will be able to sample life in the Royal Navy.

Royal Navy Initial Training

Once you have completed and successfully passed every stage of the selection process, you will then be offered a starting date for your Royal Navy initial training which will take place at HMS Raleigh.

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