How does promotion work in the Navy? I've had a look through the old posts but everyone just asks "How long before I get promoted?" in various guises... I wanted to know is it a case of once you hit a certain standard (behaviour, ability to do your job, attitude, leadership qualities, qualifications, brown nosing etc.) you then have the option of moving up the ranks, or is it a case of the Navy needing a new LH so as an Able rate you can apply for promotion? Basically do you get promoted based on displaying qualities that the rank above has or does there actually have to be a need for a new Leading Hand for you to be promoted? If it makes any difference I've applied as an ET ME(SM). I'd imagine there's reasonable scope for promotion (should I want to move up) in either case with the amount of new boats joining the fleet? Also would you keep your rank if you changed job? For example if my circumstances changed & I wanted to move to the surface fleet would you start again as a Rating or would you keep the rank (and more importantly the wage) you had in your original trade?