Life in the Navy
Navy personnel enjoy varied lifestyles, rewarding careers, opportunities to travel, and excellent social and fitness facilities; all in a dynamic and fulfilling working environment.
Love your work and enjoy your play
At sea and ashore, the Navy encourages you to be your best. Whether you're on the bridge of a ship, in a workshop or on a sports field, we'll train you to make the most of your natural abilities and achieve a good work/life balance.
If you have a keen sense of adventure, are ambitious and resourceful and enjoy being part of a team that works together to overcome every obstacle, you're going to love life in the Navy.
Serving at sea
Here's where you discover the true meaning of teamwork and friendship. Part of a close-knit group charged with operating, maintaining and protecting your vessel, you'll learn to multitask beyond your specific role, tackling a range of general seamanship duties.
Your days will be split into 'watches'. ‘On watch’ when you carry out your duties and 'off watch' when you can relax, socialise, watch a movie, read a book or use the onboard exercise facilities. In that respect it's not that different to an everyday job, except the view from your 'office' will change every day.
All Navy job roles involve time spent ashore, which means you'll have even more opportunities to enjoy all the facilities your base has to offer. This can be much like being employed anywhere else, as on many days you might start in the morning, work a standard day, then head home (or out) at night.
As a trainee, you’ll live in Navy accommodation at sea or ashore. After training, you can live in Navy accommodation on a base, separate subsidised Navy accommodation, or in your own home.
Time off and time in port
Even when assigned to a ship you won't always be at sea. You could spend two months away followed by two months in your home port, or even just a day at sea and home for the evening. It all depends on your job, the ship’s program and the type of ship you are posted to.
When in port your free time is your own, and you'll have ample opportunity to catch up with family and friends or explore the surrounding area. Or you may find yourself in a foreign country experiencing exciting new cultures and communities.
Exercise you're paid to take
Navy bases have excellent team sport and fitness facilities, plus special interest clubs for activities such as dragon boat racing, skiing, scuba diving and sailing. Aboard our warships you'll find state-of-the-art gym equipment, with PT instructors keen to help you design and maintain a fitness program.
Good food and plenty of it
Navy chefs are fully trained to provide tasty and nutritious food, whether it's prepared in the kitchens of a Navy base or the galley in a submarine. People operate more effectively when they are well nourished so the quality of the meals we serve is a high priority.
Entertainment on tap
The social and entertainment facilities on base are excellent and many are replicated on seagoing vessels. Most Navy establishments have bars, TV rooms and quiet areas, as well as gyms and pools. When ashore you can invite civilian guests 'on board' to enjoy a drink or a BBQ.
Contact with home
It's important to stay in touch with your loved ones, so at sea you'll usually have access to email and mail. You might also receive care packages from family and friends that can include anything from home cooked snacks to recorded copies of your favourite TV shows, which can be shared over the ship’s entertainment broadcast system, or watched on your own device.