Royal Naval Reserve

Royal Naval Reserve

Volunteer as an Royal Navy Reservist

As a Royal Naval Reservist, you will play a vital role within the Royal Navy that will require dedication, ambition and enthusiasm. No matter what your background, if you have a sense for adventure the Royal Naval Reserve has a role to suit you. Not only will you, as a Royal Naval Reservist help the Regulars with operational commitments, it will provide you with the opportunity to develop new skills, experience new things and meet likeminded people.

In East Anglia, we have one Royal Naval Reserve unit based in Chicksands, Bedfordshire – HMS Ferret. It is a Naval Intelligence Unit located within the Joint Intelligence and Security Unit.

Who can join the Royal Naval Reserve?

A Royal Navy Marine Engineering Electrical Technician is pictured at a console in the Ship Control Centre (SCC) of Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond. As warships and aircraft from across the Royal Navy begin a huge maritime exercise off the coast of Scotland, HMS Diamond has been gearing up for her role with a series of training drills. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has been putting her sailors to the test as she sails to meet the rest of the Task Force near Cape Wrath for a Combined Amphibious Landing Forces Exercise later this week. HMS Diamond, which is affiliated to the cities of Aberdeen and Coventry, is to provide the air defence role for the exercise – which will see Royal Marines storm the remote area by landing from the sea and air under the cover of warship firepower.

To be a Royal Naval Reservist you must be reliable, have honesty and integrity and be of a good physical and mental stamina. You need to be between the ages of 16-40 (45 for ex-Royal Naval personnel) and be a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland for at least 5 years and have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

What is the commitment?

HMS Westminster Conducting Boarding Operations in the Indian Ocean

Your commitment as a Royal Naval Reservist is to complete 24 days of training each year made, divided into Continuous and Non-continuous training. Your Continuous training is 12 consecutive days and your Non-continuous training includes 3 training weekends and 12 training nights each year.

What are the rewards for Reservists?

French Ship Jean de Vienne Approaching HMS Northumberland

Royal Naval Reserve training will provide you will skills such as leadership, self-discipline and ability to work within a team; all skills that will help you progress in your civilian career. The opportunity to make friends for life and experience adventure that may not have been possible before. On top of all of that you will be entitled to a tax-free bounty of £395 in your first year rising to £1556 a year after 5 years providing you meet the training requirement.

All pay rates are dependent on your rank.

Find out more at the Royal Naval Reserve website