About the Royal Naval Reserve

The Royal Naval Reserve, together with the Royal Marines Reserve, form the Maritime Reserves.

The Royal Naval Reserve’s involvement in protecting our nation's interests ranges from conflict operations, to counter-terrorism and anti-piracy work. As a Reservist, you’ll also have a role to play in providing security at sea and humanitarian assistance across the globe. As part of the whole force you'll be indistinguishable from your Royal Navy counterparts.

Who are the Royal Navy Reservists?

You’ll never be alone. In fact, there are around 3,000 Reservists currently stationed all over the world. They’re part of our total strength. That means, while they’re trained locally, they’re deployable globally. 

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Why do we need Reservists?

The Royal Naval Reserve is a part-time force of civilians, who provide the Royal Navy with the additional trained personnel it needs at times of tension, humanitarian crisis, or conflict.

The Reserve Forces are a vital component of our Armed Forces and make an essential contribution to our security. Reservists contribute to society over and above most other citizens; balancing their military duties with their other work and family commitments.

Our Reservists are essential members of our Armed Forces. They work alongside their regular counterparts to deliver the military capability the nation needs in an integrated fashion.

The role of the Royal Naval Reserve

Becoming a Reservist is certainly no easy ride. You’ll have to meet the same physical and medical standards as regular personnel. Why? Because you’ll be deployable from day one, supporting the Royal Navy in protecting sovereign waters and providing a base for global diplomacy everywhere from Bahrain to the Bahamas.