The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London


Royal Naval Reserve

The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is an integral part of Britain’s naval forces. The 3,250 male and female volunteers are drawn from all walks of life and train for a variety of roles to enable the Royal Navy to meet its operational commitments. These include: giving vital logistical support to ship crews; sending detailed signal information to merchant shipping; and planning the landing of an amphibious task group. In recent years, Royal Naval Reservists have become increasingly integrated with the day-to-day operations of the Royal Navy.

Two of the UK’s 13 Royal Naval Reserve Training Centres are situated in London:

HMS PRESIDENT enjoys a stunning location on the Thames, overlooking the entrance to St Katharine Docks, just below Tower Bridge. The unit trains on Tuesday evenings 1900-2100.

HMS WILDFIRE is attached to the UK’s National Defence Headquarters in Northwood, Middlesex. The unit trains on Wednesday evenings 1930-2130. 

At a glance:

  • Men and women aged 16 to 40 although certain roles have a higher upper age limit
  • No previous military experience required
  • Same rates of pay as Regular counterparts and a tax-free annual bonus
  • Work alongside the regular Royal Navy
  • British or Commonwealth citizen
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