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Seaman Specialist

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1672 days ago

At a glance
6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


The minimum you’ll earn after training


Qualifications needed


Medical and dental care


Earn over this amount as you progress


All around the world

What you’ll do

As a member of the team who sails the ship, you’ll be indispensable to the smooth running of some of the most advanced warships on the planet. And from the minute you join you’ll be on your way to becoming a professional sailor. Seaman Specialists experience a true life at sea. From navigation to guarding your ship in port, your seamanship will help protect our nation’s interests – wherever you are in the world.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role

Steer your ship, act as lookout, and communicate with other vessels.
Moor, secure and guard your ship when in port.
Operate smaller weapons like General Purpose Machine Guns.
Drive fast rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) in all conditions.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
MCA accreditation

Skills you'll develop
Advanced seamanship skills, valued far beyond the Naval Service

Technical skills including signaling, sailing, mooring and operating machine guns

Pay and benefits
A salary that rises to over £23,496 after initial training
Earn in excess of £56,383 as your career progresses
Civilian-recognised Martine Coastguard Agency (MCA) accreditation
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care

Career progression

Go to sea, work towards Local Boats Crew Endorsement (Bowman)


Complete Sections 1 & 2 of the Able Seaman Training Taskbook


Pass annual tests, get promoted to Able Seaman Specialist 1


Qualify as Coxswain, pass courses, become Leading Hand

What you'll need

You must be aged 16 to 39
No qualifications are required for this role
You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
Willing to learn new skills with different types of equipment
A love of teamwork
A passion for life at sea
A sense of adventure

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

Start training

Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

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