North East students get taste of life at sea
20 September 2013 Last updated at 09:45 BST
The Royal Navy is looking for the next generation of officers and is earmarking university students in the North East.
Teenagers are being given taster stints on board HMS Example to test out their sea legs and see if they fancy a career in the forces.
Look North's Gerry Jackson went to meet some of those taking part.