Being called to service

The role of the Royal Navy has never been more central to global military operations. It’s for this reason that you’re more likely than ever to put your new skills into practice in active service. In fact, it’s a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if'.

You’ll be given as much notice as possible prior to any deployment, and there is an appeal process if your mobilisation clashes with an important personal event, or if there are exceptional circumstances at work.

Why will you be called to service?

As a reservist, you’re part of the Royal Navy’s trained strength. That means responding to the needs of the service, as and when you’re needed to help protecting our nation’s interests – at home and abroad. The deployments you go on might be in response to a conflict, or to provide support where there is a humanitarian crisis.

Royal Navy Reserve officer at work.

How does it work?

You’ll be notified of your mobilisation as soon as possible, and you’ll get all the advice and support you need to make arrangements at home. Typically, your deployment will last six months, during which time you will serve alongside your full-time colleagues.

While you’re away your position in civilian employment will be protected, and you’ll earn the same salary as your regular rank equivalent. However, if you earn more than that amount as a civilian, we’ll supplement your pay so you’re not out of pocket.

What support is available?

We encourage students to develop their professional skills within the RNR. If you would like to take advantage of this this opportunity when at university or college, you will be exempt from deployment for the entire time you’re in full time education.

When you do receive a call-out notice, there is plenty of support available to help you and your family. You can also direct your employer to Sabre where there are resources to help them. They can even gain an understanding of how they can support your service.