Hi I have been looking around the RN website and this forum for oh at least three minutes now, and still can't find a decent explanation of how the promotion system works in the RN. Basically what I was wanting to know is, if you join as an officer, and assuming you pass through the training etc. without a hitch, then you enter in as a Lt. I believe. How then do you progress to Lt. Commander, and Commodore etc.? I work for the police just now, and there are 'promotion boards' which are held a few times a year. Is it similar to this? I mean do you simply put yourself forward, sit lots of exams and interviews and so on, or does promotion occur solely on merit, or a mixture? My apologies to those who already know the answers and probably see this as a rather premature question, but since it is going to be my chosen career it would be good to know a little of how the system works! Thanks N.