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Vacancy summary

Royal Navy
OF-2 - Lt - Capt RM - Capt - Flt Lt, OF-3 - Lt Cdr - Maj - Sqn Ldr

23/06/2024, 23:55 

Royal Navy
RN Warfare GS (OF)
Principal Warfare Officer (N)
United Kingdom
FTRS - Full Commitment

Vacancy detail

The Information Warfare Staff Officer Navigation Warfare at the Maritime Warfare Centre (NAVWAR SO2) is accountable to the Captain MWC (CMWC) for the delivery of operational knowledge exploitation (OKX), Tactical Development (TacDev) and Education with specific responsibility for the provision of specialist NAVWAR advice within the MWC and to its customers.


CMWC, in conjunction with the Chief Scientific Advisor, is responsible, via Navy Command’s Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare) (ACOS(W) 1*), for enhancing and evolving the maritime contribution to operations in support of the Fleet Commander’s objectives and operational priorities.


With delegated financial and line authority over the efficient operation of the MWC, CMWC is responsible for:

a.         pre-empting and responding to immediate operational demands for tactical advice and guidance to support front-line commands;

b.         developing maritime warfighting tactical and operational-level doctrine, including improved tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) through a process of OKX, TacDev trials, and scientifically-based operational analysis (OA), to meet objectives set out in the Warfare Development Plan (WDP);

c.         provision of education in RN maritime warfighting tactics and in the planning and conduct of maritime and joint operations.


CMWC has close links with RN/RM HQs, Battlestaffs and training organisations and supports Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) (ACNS (Cap) 2*) for capability development work. CMWC provides authoritative maritime warfighting input across RN, Joint, Allied and partner communities, particularly NATO and AUSCANNZLUKUSA (5 Eyes) TacDev and doctrine development fora.


The Post holder will be accountable to INFOWAR SO1 for their Primary Purpose; To enhance and evolve the maritime contribution to operations in support of the Fleet Commander’s objectives, with particular responsibility for the delivery of specialist NAVWAR advice to the MWC and its customers. This involves leading the conduct and reporting of NAVWAR studies, trials and reports, either individually or as part of a team for NAVWAR.


Secondary Purposes:

a.         Act as task leader and team member for those tasks assigned through MWC processes.

b.         Support the INFOWAR division through the provision of specialist NAVWAR advice, briefings and reports on Information Warfare and NAVWAR related specialist areas.

c.         As the MWC subject matter expert on NAVWAR related Information Warfare, provide deep specialist advice to other desk officers and analysts across the MWC to ensure the accuracy of their outputs which have a dependency or relationship with NAVWAR.

d.         Provide rapid reach-back support to the front-line regarding IW and related specialist areas.

e.         Act as Divisional Officer to INFOWAR Senior and Junior Ratings assigned to MWC when appropriate.



a.         Provide SME knowledge on NAVWAR and related IW matters.

b.         To support Tactical Development and Operational Analysis within the NAVWAR area to ensure that operational capability is maximised.

c.         To staff and develop extant doctrine in the PNT-R, C-PNT, PNT-SA, Alt-Nav and other specific NAVWAR areas, to ensure consistency / coherency with maritime, joint and allied publications in accordance with the priorities specified in the Warfare Development Plan.

d.         Provide, through ‘reachback’, support and advice in the IW domain to operationally deployed units and HQs.

e.         Contribute to the planning, conduct and analysis of IW exercises and trials in support of tactical development.

f.          To inform the capability integration process by providing NAVWAR input through originating/staffing reports, participation in OA and attendance (or representation) at NAVWAR Capability Integration Working Groups (CWIGs) and other CWIGs, workshops and meetings as directed with a relationship or dependency on NAVWAR.

g.         Brief Senior Officers, courses and military subject matter experts on the findings of IW studies and trials.

h.         Manage and maintain the RN NAVWAR standards, requirements and specifications for RN platforms, systems and weapons.

i.          Manage and distribute as required, incoming NAVWAR products (such as the US Joint Navigation Warfare Centre’s (JNWC’s) monthly threat update) ensuring they are made available within MWC for TD and OA.

j.          Carry out the duties of MWC Duty Staff Officer.

k.         SME support to MWS WTG PWO Principle Warfare Officer training courses, when available and as required by INFOWAR SO1.

l.          Act as Divisional Officer to INFOWAR Senior and Junior Ratings assigned to MWC as necessary.

Must be a serving Regular or Maritime Reserve OF2-OF3 or Ex-Regular OF2-OF3 of PWO(N) specialisation.

Must also hold/have completed:

  • Area Skill - Navigation (FNO qualified)                                 
  • Operational NAVWAR Experience                                       
  • ICSC Course  


Maritime Battlestaff / MTG Experience (Highly Desirable)

Applicants will undergo an initial eligibility sift. Successful applicants will have there details forwarded to the Post Sponsor to arrange interviews. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised accordingly.

The successful applicant at interview will be informed that they are the Preferred Candidate with details being sent to the CM RES FTRS Cell who will continue the recruitment process. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised accordingly.

Once the recruitment process is complete then the Preferred Candidate will be invited to take up FTRS.


NB: Where the Anticipated Start date has already passed, the start date will be ASAP

Eligibility for FTRS/ADC

Any member of the Maritime Part Time Volunteer Reserves (RNR, RMR) or the Royal Fleet Reserves (RFR) (Ex-Regular Reserve) may volunteer to undertake a period of FTRS/ADC. Ex-Regular personnel whose RFR liability has run out will be re-instated in the RFR to take up FTRS/ADC.

Applicants undertaking a period of FTRS/ADC must be suitably qualified by rank/rate, specialisation, qualifications and experience to fill the posts for which they apply.

Applications will be accepted from reservists who hold a rank/rate one or more above the advertised rank/rate or hold a rank/rate one below the advertised rank/rate.  

  • Applicants one rate below may be interviewed at the discretion of the FTRS Cell/Line Manager and may be employed in the acting higher rate (excluding the advertised rate of WO2 or WO1) if they are suitable, qualified, meet current promotion regulations in all respects and are selected to do so. Otherwise, they will be given the opportunity to carry out the role in their substantive rank/rate; the payment of Substitution Pay (SUPA) may be considered by the employer.
  • Applicants of a higher rank/rate prepared to serve in a position at a lower rank/rate than their current or former substantive rank will wear uniform, and be paid, at the Upper Rank/Rate’ level appropriate to that of the position on JPA. Exceptions will not normally be considered.

Ex-Regular Reserves of an equivalent rank from the Army or Royal Air Force are required to join the Maritime Reserves (RNR/RMR) before being eligible to apply.


Applicants must also be medically fit, and meet the minimum medical category required for the level of commitment, to fulfil the duties which their Commitment will require them to undertake.

  • A medical form to confirm MedCat and suitability to be employed is required to be returned within 2 weeks of commencing the role, or the commitment may be revoked.

Personnel who have been discharged via the RN Medical Board of Survey (MOBS) or the RN Medical Employability Board (MEB), do not have a RFR liability and are therefore unable to be considered for any FTRS/ADC/VERR role.

Only personnel on FTRS(FC) commitments will be entitled to the full range of Service Medical and Dental support. Those on lower levels will be entitled to emergency medical support whilst on duty.

Pension Issues

Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Reserves/Re-employment Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking FTRS service has on their pension, EDP, Resettlement Grant or Terminal Benefits.

Additional guidance can also be found at Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant. Other organisations such as the Armed Forces Pension Society or the White Ensign Association may also be able to offer advice, but it is stressed that only DBS can provide an authoritative answer.

Transition between TCoS

Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Naval Core Training (NCT), Individual Training Requirement (IRT) and Defence Mandated Training (DMT)

 Personnel on FTRS commitments are required to maintain currency in NCT, IRT and MDT in alignment with the rest of the RN/RM. The successful applicant will be expected to complete all modules and have them recorded on JPA within 2 months of commencing employment. This is an employer’s responsibility to monitor. 

  • RNFT

Personnel on FTRS Limited/Home/ADC/VERRs commitments are exempt the RNFT, unless they are a member of the RNR/RMR who should remain in date.

 Annual Salary and Leave

Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the Armed Forces annually, and as governed by JSP 754.  Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760. Note, you are not able to carry forward leave from a Regular commission/engagement when commencing an FTRS Commitment or from one FTRS Commitment role to another FTRS Commitment role.


Entitlement to allowances is in accordance with JSP 754 however the following should be noted:

Get you Home (Travel)                  Only paid to qualifying personnel on FTRS(FC)

Home Duty Travel                          Only paid to qualifying personnel on FTRS(FC)


Personnel serving on FTRS(FC) TCoS are entitled to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and Service Families Accommodation (SFA) as per Regular entitlements. 

Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are only eligible to occupy surplus Single Living Accommodation (SLA), at non-entitled rates.

Personnel serving on VeRR TCoS are not entitled to service accommodation.

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