What is the Firefly Scheme?

If you are a trained Ex-Regular Royal Navy or Royal Marines Officer or Rating, providing you left the Service within the last two years, you would be eligible to apply to join the Maritime Reserves through the Firefly Scheme. A scheme that gives you the opportunity to be processed through a fast track system that takes into consideration your rank and valuable experience.

Many highly skilled Service leavers have already taken advantage of the Firefly Scheme. As a result, we’ve been able to retain valuable expertise, while also providing an avenue for those who still want to be part of the UK’s defence capability.


Is it right for me?

For ex-regular Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel, there’s never been a better time to join the Maritime Reserve. A new branch structure means there are more opportunities to find a role that’s right for you. There’s also greater flexibility, so you can balance life as a Reservist with your home life and civilian career.

If you left the Royal Navy or Royal Marines at an untrained or part-trained rank, or if you left the RAF or British Army, unfortunately you won’t be eligible for the Firefly Scheme. However, you can still apply to join the Royal Naval Reserve as a new applicant, via our joining page.


You're expected to commit 24 Reserve Service Days (RSD) every year, and in return for your expertise and time, we'll reward you with access to a range of benefits, including:

  • Good rates of pay 
  • Additional pension
  • An annual tax-free bounty
  • Promotion and personal development opportunities
  • Opportunities to commit to more RSDs and apply for full time roles
  • The chance to remain part of the Royal Navy with its unique camaraderie

Ex-regular Royal Navy

We know that as a former Royal Navy rating or officer, you have a unique wealth of skills and experience. And we still have a real need for that expertise, which is why it’s so ideal for ex-regulars to serve with the Royal Naval Reserve.


Ex-regular Royal Marines

Having spent time in the regular Royal Marines, you’ll know something of the challenges you’ll face and the dedication required. But you won’t have the full picture unless you’ve already earned your green beret. If you served as a full-time Royal Marine within the last two years, you may be eligible to join the Royal Marines Reserve through the Firefly Scheme.