Royal Naval reserves are trained civilians from a hugely diverse range of backgrounds who, when needed, work alongside our regulars to protect the nation’s interests.
Their role might be anything from getting involved in conflict operation or counter-terrorism to anti-piracy work. Our reserves also provide security at sea and humanitarian assistance across the globe.
They are ordinary people doing something truly extraordinary in their spare time.
Part-time military career
By balancing a civilian life with a part-time Royal Navy career, they provide additional support in times of tension, humanitarian crisis or conflict. In recent years, Royal Navy Reservists have become increasingly integrated with the day-to-day operations of the Royal Navy and many have been awarded medals for serving on NATO operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nationally, the Royal Naval Reserve is made up of around 3000 men and women. While around a quarter have served previously in the Royal Navy, most have no previous military experience.
Training and fitness
As a reserve, you 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.
Life as a Royal Naval Reserve
HMS Ceres is the only reserve unit in Yorkshire and the Humber and reserves meet weekly at Carlton Barracks in Leeds – a well equipped site which is also used by several other military units.
Our Reservists regularly get together with their colleagues from HMS Calliope for joint weekend training and social events.
To find out more about the Royal Navy Reserve in Yorkshire, call 01904 668687 or click here.