Interested in joining?

The recruitment process is as follows:

  • Staff and students from the Unit will be at the Fresher's Fairs for Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and Reading University. There you will be able to ask questions about the Unit and the vast amount of opportunities on offer as well as register your interest by signing up to our mailing list.
  • Shortly afterwards you will be sent an email inviting you to the Unit for a 'Meet and Greet' evening. This is where the students will give you in depth briefs about the Unit and what we offer. Upon completion the Wardroom bar will be open and you will have the chance to speak to the Unit Staff and Student Members in a more relaxed setting. Throughout the evening you will be given the chance to sign up for Interviews which formally start the process of joining the Unit.
  • If you were unable to attend a Fresher's Fair event or the 'Meet and Greet' evening then please feel free to contact us directly.
  • All of the candidates for entry will have to attend an interview chaired by our Commanding Officer with up to 2 other interview board members from the Naval Service or supporting academic organisations (such as the Delegacy of Military Instruction or the Hudson Trust Management Board).
  • Those who successfully complete the interview process will be formally invited to join the Unit subject to passing a medical and security check.
  • You will then attend an Induction Evening to cover mandatory briefs. Following on from that is the New Entry Training Weekend at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth - where all Royal Navy officers receive their Initial Officer Training.

Note that in order to be considered a candidate, you must:

  • Be physically fit and capable of swimming 50 meters unaided, tread water for 2 minutes and to pull yourself out of the pool unaided.
  • Enrolled on a university course at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University or Reading University.
  • Be a British or a Commonwealth subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic.

If you satisfy the above criteria and are passionate about getting involved with the opportunities we offer, we would be delighted to hear from you. The URNU, like the rest of the Royal Navy, is committed to remaining a diverse and inclusive organisation.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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