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The Royal Naval Reserve

You can become a pivotal part of Britain’s naval forces by joining the 3,250 men and women of the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR). You’ll be trained with the specific skills to enable the Royal Navy to meet its operational commitments in times of stretch, crisis, tension and war.


The RNR’s role is vital and those essential skills will be taught to you on weekly drill nights, occasional training weekends and over a period of operational capability training which usually takes two weeks.


Wherever you are from, there are various places of training in Wales so that people from all over the country can join the RNR.


Training in South Wales takes place at HMS CAMBRIA, a shore-based training establishment that’s home to the South Division of the Royal Naval Reserve in Sully, South Glamorgan. Training in North Wales takes place at HMS EAGLET which is based in Liverpool.


Affiliated units include the University of Wales Royal Naval Unit, Barry SCC and Penarth SCC. Our satellite unit, TAWE Division, trains seaman specialists in Swansea on Tuesday evenings. The University of Wales Royal Naval Unit trains on board HMS EXPRESS and HMS EXPLOIT, based in Penarth Marina.


Who can join?
To join as a Rating, you need to be aged between 16-40 years old but this is extended to 45 years old for ex-Royal Navy personnel. You also need to be a citizen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland and should have lived in the UK for at least five years. The age restrictions are the same for those wishing to join as Officers but there are also certain academic qualifications required.


What is the commitment?
In normal peacetime circumstances, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 days Operational Role Training per annum, together with a number of training nights and some weekends. Most new entrants are expected to attend training nights once a week. As a member of the RNR, you will be subject to the provisions of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 and therefore, liable for compulsory call-out in a national emergency or in support of military operations outside the UK, including humanitarian operations and disaster relief.


What is the reward?
You will be paid the same daily rate of pay as your regular Royal Navy counterparts for all training, as well as receiving travel expenses and an annual tax free bounty.

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