The Royal Naval Reserve

Go beyond the every day

Be extraordinary

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On military or humanitarian operations you will be the boost that the Royal Navy needs – swelling numbers, and providing crucial support. You will experience the thrill, the adventure, the camaraderie. You’ll be dedicated to staying fit and performing your role. You will develop and learn and you will know what it’s like to be part of the Royal Navy.

I’ve loved every minute of the 10 years I’ve been in the RNR. It’s been a great way to meet new people and is a complete contrast to my day job.

Simon, Logistics specialist and Fraud Investigator


A glowing record

Look at history’s modern records and you’ll find us there – mobilised during every recent conflict or when natural disaster strikes.

  • 1859

    The original Royal Naval Reserve is formed under the Naval Forces Act.

  • 1903

    The present RNR is formed by combining the RNR with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

  • 1914 to 1918

    Over 70,000 reservists play a key role during WWI.

  • 1939 to 1945

    Almost 500,000 of us are vital during WWII, performing bomb disposals, coastal escorts, and manning subs.

  • 1946

    King George VI acknowledges our essential role by dropping ‘volunteer’ from the name of our service.

  • 2003

    We mobilise again, this time heading to Iraq and Afghanistan. We also serve in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.


The extra edge

No previous military experience. Specialist skills. Former members of the armed forces… We are the ones that lead double lives. Civilians for the most part. Royal Naval Reserves for some of it. We are the ones balancing our civilian work and with our military commitment. Training with the full time Regulars, being indispensable alongside them.

The leadership and teamwork skills I developed as part of the RNR have been invaluable.

Marianne, Medical branch and NHS Nurse


Strength in numbers

We’ll almost certainly be deployed. We’ll stand side by side with the full time Regulars, wearing the same uniform and performing many of the same tasks. We know it from day one. In fact, we hope it will happen.

I mobilised to undertake ship protection duties in the North Arabian Gulf. It’s made me more confident and determined in everyday life.

Kay, Intelligence specialist and Maths teacher


It’s a matter of time

The Royal Navy will call on you. You can be sure of this. You might have no military experience. You might have specialist civilian skills or you've previously served in the armed forces. Whichever group you fall into, you’ll be trained to perform alongside the full time Royal Navy personnel.

Being a Reservist has given me the opportunity to reach out to a completely different congregation.

Tom, Reservist Chaplain and parish priest