How you'll develop as a Reservist

Travel, adventure, friendship, challenges, knowing you’re doing something really worthwhile – the Royal Naval Reserve offers you more than you’ll find in civilian life. The same goes for the training you’ll receive, which starts the day you join and continues right through your time with us.

Personal skills


I’m a different person these days. Being around my crewmates and taking some real responsibility has given me a boost.


I was pretty timid before joining the Royal Naval Reserve. Now I’m able to make my voice heard, whether I’m at work or with my unit.


Life in the Royal Naval Reserve is as much about mental strength as it is physical. Our training evenings keep us sharp, and we do plenty in our spare time too.

Transferable skills


My employer had no problem with my joining the Royal Naval Reserve. It’s made me a better manager through training I’d never get at home.


When I’m deployed on operations I learn what real teamwork is all about. There’s no doubt it’s improved my performance at work.


When we’re preparing for some vital operations, it’s important that we can get our message across quickly and effectively.

Gain new skills

Specialist qualifications

Last year I gained my Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner qualification through the Royal Naval Reserve. It’s a new skill that’s transferable to my civilian career.

Management qualifications

I am on the way to gaining my Level 4 Award in Defence Equality and Diversity Management, something I could never achieve in my normal day job.

Coaching qualifications

The Royal Naval Reserve are funding me to do a Chartered Management Institute Level 5 Award in Management, Coaching and Mentoring.


Whatever your ambitions, you’ll be given the training and support that you need.

Through your military training you can gain:

  • Career related qualifications
  • Courses accredited up to Masters level
  • Leadership and other skills


Qualifications are available through:

  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Institute of Leadership & Management
  • City and Guilds