Pay, benefits and Opportunities

Serving with the Royal Naval Reserve brings a huge range of personal and professional rewards. But as well as unique experiences, long-lasting friendships and a huge sense of satisfaction, you’ll enjoy plenty of practical benefits, too.


-Pay and travelling expenses for every drill night and weekend.
-Pay equivalent to regular rank equivalent on operations.
-Yearly bonus of £395 rising to £1,556 after five years (starting after completion of minimum training).


-Free access to all of the Royal Navy's superb sporting facilities.  
-Ability to hone leadership, teamwork and self-discipline on and off the playing field  
-Opportunity to compete in national, international and even Olympic competitions


-Military training appropriate to your role.
-Basic first aid.
-Command, leadership and management skills.


Life as a Reservist is not just about work and training. The Royal Naval Reserve offers a fantastic social life and you’ll get plenty of chances to enjoy yourself with the new friends and collegues you’ll make. You’ll find life is rarely dull as a Reservist.

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