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A new campaign is being launched in Merseyside to encourage people to make the most of their free time and do their bit for Britain by becoming a reservist in the Royal Navy

A series of Royal Naval Reserve Live recruitment days are being held at HMS Eaglet in Liverpool, with the aim of signing up around 150 new recruits in the county over the next three years. The first event will take place on Saturday 31 August 2013.

People attending will have the opportunity to find out more about life in the navy by meeting serving reservists and taking part in physical and mental challenges. They will also be able to watch demonstrations on weapons handling, fire fighting and chemical defence.

More than 2,300 men and women currently serve as reservists in the Royal Navy alongside their normal day job. Most have no previous military experience

When needed, the Royal Naval Reserve supplements the full-time ranks with extra manpower, and in some cases provides additional specialist civilian skills. New recruits must be aged between 16 and 40, have an appropriate standard in English and Maths, and be able to complete a one-and-a-half-mile run within a set time.

Reservists need to be able to commit the equivalent of 24 days a year for training, which mainly takes place during the evenings and at weekends, and will be paid for their time. They will also qualify for a yearly tax-free bonus, which ranges from £400 to £1,600 depending on the length of service.

Chief Petty Officer Marc Barrowcliff said:

“Becoming a reservist is a great way of experiencing life in the navy without having to give up your day job. For many people, it’s a chance to fulfil long-held ambitions.

“We welcome new recruits from all sorts of backgrounds, and we’ll help you to develop skills, knowledge and personal qualities that can help you in everyday life as well.

“We pay people for their time but you’ll also experience the action and adventure of life at sea, and develop new friendships that often last a lifetime.

“The Royal Naval Reserve has got a fantastic history in Liverpool, going back more than 100 years, and I’d encourage people to come along to the event on Saturday to find out more.”

The initial training to become a reservist takes place one night a week or at weekends for the first 20 weeks. This is followed by a two-week residential course at the prestigious Royal Navy training facilities of HMS Raleigh in Cornwall or Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon.

Both courses include overnight exercises on Dartmoor and, following the residential course, new recruits will be given training for a specific role, ranging from logistics to submarine operations.

The Royal Navy needs to recruit an extra 1,500 reservists at its 22 units across the UK over the next three years. The first Royal Naval Reserve Live event in Merseyside will take place at HMS Eaglet at East Brunswick Dock in Liverpool between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 31 August 2013.

For more details, or to register to attend, call 08456 00 32 22, search for ‘navy reserves’ on the web, or visit




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