The role at a glance
Of paid holiday every year
The minimum you'll earn after training at BRNC
in adult nursing is the minimum qualification needed
Earn at least this amount as you progress
Medical and dental care
All around the world
What you’ll do
Life as a Nursing Officer offers extraordinary challenges and responsibilities, but comes with opportunities and rewards to match. Wherever you go in the world and whatever you’re doing, you’ll play a key part in safeguarding our personnel and civilians alike.
You could be in a NHS hospital caring for returning military personnel or out in the field working in a conflict zone. Whatever you do, you’ll encounter some of the most challenging environments imaginable, developing both personally and clinically as you experience a life few medical professionals can imagine.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US
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Lead a team providing medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on shore and at sea, in the UK and around the world.
Develop and maintain your clinical skills in order to take those skills around the world on operations when required. During peacetime, you’ll be based within a Joint Hospital Group Unit in either Plymouth, Portsmouth or Birmingham.
Gain clinical and management experience and take responsibility for mentoring junior nurses and medical assistants.
Wider job opportunities as your career progresses in senior leadership positions, clinical governance, training, operations and deployed roles including as a Head of Department or Senior Nursing Officer.
Be part of a world-class medical service that’s recognised far beyond the Armed Forces. You’ll represent our nation whatever you’re doing and wherever you are.
What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
An opportunity to study further at degree or masters level, to top up your professional portfolio
You’ll have the opportunity to carry out specialist courses funded by the Royal Navy, in areas such as Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Primary Care.
Civilian recognised leadership and management qualifications
Skills you'll develop
Unique nursing care, including assessment, treatment and management that can be utilised in a variety of environments all over the world
How to use your expertise and develop your leadership and management skills in a maritime environment
Become a Divisional Officer, responsible for the welfare and development of other junior clinical personnel.
Pay and benefits
A salary that rises to at least £34,620 following basic military training
Excellent pay and promotion prospects as your career progresses
Sports and Adventurous Training opportunities
Forces Help to Buy house purchase scheme
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care
Join Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth
Start at a Joint Hospital Group Unit and start preceptorship and the Foundation Programme
After 4 years from qualifying, if you do well, you’ll be promoted to Lieutenant.
You'll be chosen on merit for promotion to Lieutenant Commander
What you'll need
Aged 20 to 39
A degree in Adult Nursing is required - you can apply in the final year of completing your degree to be selected
Registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
5 grades A*-C (9-4) Including grade 6 (B) or above in English Language and Maths
A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Pass the Naval Swimming Test
Skills and interests
A caring and compassionate nature
Decisive with strong independent thinking
Highly organised and able to remain cool under pressure
Approachable as a strong team leader
Starting your career
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
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
Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)
This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance
Nurses Selection Board
Upon passing you AIB, your application will be reviewed by the Nurses Selection Board for final selection
Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at Britannia Royal Naval College