In the training year 2011/12 there were 723 applications for Royal Navy Ratings Submarine roles. Of these applications:
- 28% were rejected:
- 4% for failing eligibility criteria;
- 15% for failing the RT psychometric test;
- 1 % at interview;
- 1 % for fitness; and
- 7% for medical reasons.
- 25% voluntarily withdrew their application.
- 25% went on to enter Service in a Submariner role.
- 22% either changed their role to a non-submariner role or cancelled applications they had made for a different submariner role.
There are no special assessments for Submariner applications.
In 2011/12, the median wait time between application and entry to service was 18 months, although there are some caveats to consider:
- The length of time a candidate would need to wait between having been allocated a place on a training course and actually attending that course varies widely according to the specific job role.
- Phase 1 training courses are arranged by job role, so a successful candidate would need to wait until a suitable place on the training course for their role was available.
- Some Submariner branches are very small and only have one or two training entries per year, which can extend the wait to enter beyond the average waiting time.
FOI 2016/02645 dated 17 March 2016.