Hydrography and Meteorology Officer

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Warfare
Level:Officer
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At a glance

What you’ll do

From the Caribbean to the Antarctic, you’ll lead the way in collecting, processing and analysing meteorological and oceanographic information. Using your excellent leaderships skills, you’ll play an important part in preparing key missions, coordinating the teams that analyse environmental factors around the globe. Once you’ve trained as a Hydrographic and Meteorology Officer, you can then specialise in either hydrography, or meteorology and oceanography.

Your role

  • Process and communicate essential environmental data to use to our operational advantage. 
  • Maintain some of our most vital international partnerships, either through training domestic teams, or by using your expertise to help allies.
  • If you specialise in hydrography, you’ll most likely spend your time on board a survey vessel.
  • As a Meteorologist you’ll focus on the tactical implications of weather and atmospheric conditions for our aircraft, ships and submarines. 

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • There’s potential for a degree and even a Masters 
  • Internationally recognised professional qualifications, with a significant financial contribution from us

Skills you'll develop

  • Unique Naval leadership and management skills that are highly valued by civilian employers
  • Focussed expertise in hydrography, meteorology or oceanography

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • You must be aged 17 to 25
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points. UCAS points must include one AS Level Maths or Physical Science subject. Degrees displaying Mathematical or Statistical content in lieu of AS/A Levels may be considered. Degrees without suitable Maths content but that are directly related to Hydrography, Meteorology or Oceanography may also be considered.
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C  
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or dual national 

Skills and interests

  • Strong analytical thinking and decision-making abilities
  • An ability to thrive in high-pressure situations and extreme conditions 
  • A confident leader who can also work well in a team
  • A sense of adventure

 

Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer


Initial training

You’ll spend 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: Military Skills, Maritime Skills and Initial Fleet Time. The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the time you join us.


Professional training

Once you’ve successfully completed your initial training, your professional training at the Flag Officer Sea Training Hydrology and Meteorology School begins. It includes:

 

  • A 14-week basic surveying course, which covers charting and geodesy
  • A 19-week Meteorology course, covering global weather, oceanography and hurricanes
  • Gaining a BSc in Maritime Science and a postgraduate certificate in Environmental Studies