Royal Navy Graduate Scheme


The Royal Navy’s role is rich and varied which, naturally, means yours will be too. You could find yourself helping prevent global conflict or delivering vital humanitarian aid. You’ll also receive internationally recognised qualifications, with first-class leadership training that will put you head-and-shoulders above other candidates for the rest of your career.

Becoming an officer in the Royal Navy means joining a unique organisation. You’ll make your mark on the world, with a life, lifestyle – and prospects – to match. You’ll enjoy travelling the world and meeting all types of people. But it’s not for everyone – dangerous situations are part of the role and you need to be comfortable with that.

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Key Facts

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  • Entry Requirements: For Tax Specialist Programme you must have a 2:2 degree or equivalent at application stage, or the expectation of a 2:2 degree or equivalent by September of the following year.
  • Deadlines:Applications Close in December
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Tax ProfessionalTax is a complex business offering a varied and stimulating range of career pathways and opportunities to specialise – for example, in international and corporation tax, investigation, fraud, tax policy or as a manager, technical specialist or consultant.

Eventually you’ll find your own niche, but along the way you will learn how to:

  • resolve tax disputes
  • lead teams
  • deal with senior business figures and allied professionals (such as lawyers and accountants)
  • tackle complex tax work

Pay & Benefits

  • Earn over £25,000, as soon as you start training
  • Earn up to £45,000 within two years of qualifying as an officer
  • Twelve year commissions mean that you are guaranteed a job for this period, but you can leave sooner if you would like to*
  • Receive a £27,000 joining bonus for Engineer Officers, Environmental Health Officers and Training Management Officers
  • Work on advanced technologies, in unique and challenging environments
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year, on top of public holidays
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Free accommodation while at sea and financial help with your on-shore accommodation
  • Subsidised travel
  • Excellent non-contributory pension scheme (i.e. you don’t have to pay into it)
  • The possibility of adventurous training, twice a year (including skydiving, scuba diving, mountaineering and skiing)
  • Travel the world, and protect our nation’s interests. Every day
  • The opportunity to study for a master’s degree completely paid for
  • *Direct Entry Medical, Dental and QARNNS officers only join for 6 years initially


Applications must be made through the civil service jobs site. They do not accept CV’s.

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Once you have completed your application form you will be invited to complete a verbal reasoning test. If successful, you will be invited to take a numerical reasoning test and if successful you will be invited to take a civil service judgement test.

If you meet the minimum standard on the civil service judgement test, your application will be put on hold for further consideration.

2. If successful at Stage 1, you will be invited to undertake an online video interview. Specific details about the interview will be given to you as part of the invitation.

3. A one-day assessment from midday to midday between February to March at one of the following venues:

Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry

Lawress Hall, Lincoln

Full information will be given nearer the time.


  • How long will it take?

Typically, it takes about six months from applying to joining, though this depends on your circumstances and chosen role. It sounds like a long time, but down to the nature of being an officer, we rely on comprehensive testing to make sure you’re a good fit – and vice versa. We’ll be in regular touch throughout this period to make sure you know what’s going on and what you need to do to succeed.

  • When can I apply?

       You can start your application while    you’re still studying. If you’re successful, you’re entitled to four entries to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC). We recommend getting the ball rolling sooner rather than later, so you have more choice about when you start your Phase 1 training.

  • What about deadlines?

Applications are open all year round, so you’re not restricted like most graduate training programmes. BRNC has three intakes each year (in January, May and September). For Medical Officers and Royal Marine Officers, however, there is only one intake each year, in September, so ideally you should start your application at the beginning of the academic year in which you wish to join, or earlier.