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Royal Navy ratings fulfil a variety of jobs at sea or on shore for the Royal Navy. Anyone at sea or on land who is not an officer comes under the term ‘rating’. This is an old English term and can be broadly translated as ‘soldier at sea’.
As the name suggests, rating can include any faction within the Royal Navy, including warfare, engineering, logistics, medical, naval, air and submarines. In all of these fields ratings are expected to help out and assist on the orders of the officer in charge of them.
A rating is a job that is open to people from all walks of life; the Royal Navy is constantly recruiting and always looking for new recruits.
Similar to the other branches of the Armed Forces, the Royal Navy hierarchy is based on rank. Ratings who show ability, a track record of success, broad knowledge and leadership qualities can progress upward to warrant officer. With this position comes greater pay but also greater responsibility.