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.
- 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
- A salary that rises to at least £32,000 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
What you'll need
- You must be 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
- You need to be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
- You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above
- 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