- leadership skills to manage and motivate personnel
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills for making quick decisions
- persistence and determination
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- concentration skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
You'll be responsible for the welfare and management of those in your squadron or unit, and you'll also have a specialist role, like:
- warfare officer, controlling weapons and defence systems, and assisting with navigation
- air fleet officer, as part of ground support, making sure the ship’s aircraft are ready to fly when needed
- Navy pilot flying aircraft and helicopters
- engineering officer, overseeing the maintenance of a vessel's engines, weapon delivery systems, detection sensors and communications equipment
- logistics officer, managing the control and delivery of supplies and equipment
- medical or nursing officer, providing medical care to staff and their families on ships, submarines and ashore
You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.
You could work at a military base, in a warzone or on a ship.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
With experience you could be promoted to sub-lieutenant, lieutenant and the higher ranks.
You can go into a wide range of careers after leaving the navy. The type of career open to you will depend on the skills, training and qualifications you've gained while serving.
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