At a glance
Want to experience a maritime career in the Army? Join us a Mariner and get training, qualifications and an incredible role that could take you round the world.
- £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
- £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
- AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
- QualificationsGCSEs or equivalent qualifications
We command, control, plan and execute the deployment of the Army's fleet of sea-going logistic vessels, which move soldiers, vehicles and supplies worldwide.
Becoming an RLC Mariner means working outdoors on the water, all over the world. You need to be able to think on your feet, even in the most challenging of situations and be able to work well under pressure. Acting as part of a vessel’s crew, you will form part of the vessels watch, helping with navigational safety, stability and security. Your role is also essential to the safety of your vessel, crew mates, passengers and cargo.
We often work alongside the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and in support of the Royal Marines, carrying out real-life tasks such as hurricane and disaster relief in and around the Caribbean.
Aside from seamanship, there are also opportunities to get involved in the huge array of sports represented within the Army, as well as all forms of Adventurous Training - from Alpine skiing and snowboarding to ice climbing and scuba diving.
The Royal Logistic Corps are the Army’s professional logisticians keeping the Field Army marching, its helicopters flying, its vehicles moving and its tanks and guns firing. We enable its deployment and supply it with everything it needs, wherever it operates, throughout the world.
Primarily based in Marchwood, Southampton, you’ll work on either a Mexeflote, Combat Support Boat or Workboat.
Form part of a crew responsible for the maintenance, security and upkeep of the vessel, as well as lifesaving equipment.
Opportunities to travel all over the world - wherever the vessels are called on to operate.
Complete a Level 3 Workboat Apprenticeship Standard with associated MCA and RYA certification.
Earn your category B Driving Licens
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Regular (full time)
From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
GCSE Grade A–C/9-4, or equivalent qualifications, in Maths
Basic physical fitness assessment:
Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
MSFT (beep test) level 6.6
Training for the role
You'll start with your initial military training which teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.
If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.
If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Next, you will begin your 13-week Mariner Class 3 Seamanship course and start your Level 3 apprenticeship in Marchwood. You will also visit the Defence School of Logistics in Worthy Down to complete other course modules, such as Catering and Logistics Foundation. You will earn your category B driving license at the Defence School of Transport
Once your training is complete, you will work primarily in Marchwood and have the opportunity to gain driving licenses if required.
Qualifications you could get after training
MCA Navigational Watch Certificate
MCA Efficient Deckhand Certificate
MCA Level 2 Approved Engines
MCA Social and Personal Responsibilities
MCA Firefighting and Sea Safety
RYA VHF Short Range Certification
Level 2 Award in food hygiene
Level 2 Certificate Logistics and Transport
Category B Driving License
Pay & benefits
Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.
How to Apply
Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.