About the Reserves

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

The Royal Naval Reserve’s involvement in protecting our nations 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. In many cases you’ll be indistinguishable from your regular counterparts.

Who are the Royal Naval Reservists?

The Royal Naval Reserve is made up of around 3000 men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life. They form part of the Royal Navy’s ‘total strength’. Around 25% of them have previously served with the Royal Navy, but most have no previous military experience.

A line of Royal Navy Reserve personnel.

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 Reserves

As a reservist you’ll have to meet the same fitness and academic requirements, wear the same uniform, do much of the same training and expect to be deployed in the same places and situations as the regulars. Plus, you’ll be paid for each day you spend training or on active service.