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Royal Naval Reserve

Want to be there for your country when it needs you and inject some of the Royal Navy’s excitement into your civilian life? Then you’re in the right place.


As a member of the Royal Naval Reserve you could be giving vital logistical support to ship crews, sending detailed signal information to merchant shipping, or planning the landing of an amphibious task group.


Being a Royal Naval Reservist offers you a fantastic way of life. Where you’re financially rewarded for your commitment. Where you’re an indispensable part of the armed forces. Where you will almost certainly experience the excitement and responsibility of being deployed.


It takes dedication, ambition and enthusiasm but there is no better way to get a taste of a life without limits.


EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY: Joint Cyber Unit (Reserve)


In May 2013 the Joint Forces Cyber Group stood up within the Joint Forces Command structure to deliver Defence’s cyber capability; its Reserve component is the Joint Cyber Unit (Reserve) (JCU(R)) which was announced by the Secretary of State for Defence on 29 Sep 13. The JCU(R) will provide specialist reservist support to the Joint Cyber Unit (Corsham), the Joint Cyber Unit (Cheltenham), and Information Assurance (IA) units across Defence.


The JCU(R) is now seeking to recruit individuals with exceptional verifiable cyber and/or IA skills from three areas: regular personnel leaving the service; current and former reservists; and individuals with no previous military service. Personnel will be selected based primarily on their existing technical knowledge, skills, experience and aptitude for posts in the JCU(R) sub-units.


For more information, including the types of skills we are looking for and contact details of the unit, please visit the JCU(R) web page.

Case study

Logistics Branch

Sheryl’s basic training was at HMS Raleigh. While there she made a lot of good friends. “Our ages and backgrounds were completely different, but we all had the same aim – to complete the course, which we did. The passing out parade was fantastic."


Since passing out she’s completed her weapon training and Safe Deck Hand course.


"I’m now raring to go with my professional training, which will be the two-week preliminary Logistics course."

Royal Navy training

Now the real work begins with basic training at either HMS Raleigh or Britannia Royal Naval College. Have you got what it takes to make it through and join the ranks?

Royal Naval Reserve Roles

Royal Naval Reserve

The Royal Naval Reserve is a part-time force of civilian volunteers providing the Royal Navy with additional support.

Royal Naval Reserve Ex-Regular

Continue to develop the skills you learned in the Forces or in the Reserves as a volunteer in the Royal Naval Reserves.

Royal Naval Reserve with Specialist Skills

As a Royal Naval Reserve you can help augment the Royal Navy at times of tension, humanitarian crisis or conflict.


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