• Are the jobs in the Royal Naval Reserve the same as those in the Royal Navy?

    No they’re not. Members of the RNR serve in support of their full time colleagues and undertake different but equally important tasks. It is neither practical, cost-effective nor appropriate to offer all the Royal Navy’s roles to people serving part-time.

  • Can I join the Royal Navy from the Royal Naval Reserve?

    Yes you can. Many Reservists decide to join the Royal Navy fulltime. Depending on how far you have progressed through your training, it might sometimes be possible to skip some of the Royal Navy initial training. Whatever decision you make, you can be sure that your RNR training will give you a good head-start.

  • Can I transfer to another RNR unit if I move to a different part of the country?

    Yes you can. Even if there’s no unit near your new home, you may be able to stay in the RNR, but this will depend on your job role in the RNR.

  • Do I have to tell my employer that I am joining the Royal Naval Reserve?

    Yes, you are required to inform your employer that you’ve joined the RNR. Likewise, if you move to a new civilian job you will be required to notify your new employer.

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  • Do all members of the Royal Naval Reserve serve at sea?

    No, but much will depend on the job role assigned to you. Many Reservists will work ashore, rather than at sea.


  • Do I get paid for the time I work and train with the RNR?

    Yes you do. Pay rates vary according to your rank or rate.

  • How do I qualify for RNR pay?

    Every two-hour period of training equates to a quarter day’s worth of pay. Your unit will advise you of the current rate of pay for your rank or rate.


  • Does my RNR service qualify me for the Royal Navy pension scheme?

    Yes, you will be able to join the Armed Forces Pension Scheme.


  • How long do I have to sign up for?

    For ratings, the normal period of engagement is in 5 year blocks, up to the age of 45. Beyond the age of 45, extensions can be granted and it is possible to serve up to 55, depending on the current requirements of the RNR. Officers are on a continuous commission until 55 with a review point every 6 years.