An exciting new opportunity for school leavers, students and anyone looking to take a sabbatical from work is being rolled out at a special LIVE event held at HMS Eaglet in Liverpool later this month.  

An ambitious new intensive training programme, designed to fast-track applicants to becoming Officers in the Royal Naval Reserve will be taking place for the first time in July and August, and anyone hoping to take up the challenge can find out more on Wednesday 25 March from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at HMS Eaglet, East Brunswick Dock, Liverpool.

The Project Hermes programme lasts for seven weeks with courses ranging from boat skills to basic rifle work, and leadership to ceremonial drill.  Recruits will also be trained by Royal Marine Commandos on Dartmoor, and successful students will pass out of the Royal Navy’s premier training establishment, the Britannia Royal Naval College before spending a whole two weeks aboard a Royal Navy warship.  The course will culminate with the final assessments that constitute Fleet Board.

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.

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.

Royal Naval Reserve Live events are part of a three-year programme to sign up around 150 new recruits in the North West.  Attendees can to find out more about life in the navy by meeting serving reservists and taking part in physical and mental challenges.

The new campaign is being backed by a recent recruit, archaeologist and BBC TV personality Tom Pinfold from Birkenhead.  Tom, who appeared in BBC2’s Tudor Monastery Farm, has enjoyed wide-ranging experiences as a Naval Reservist, including ten days driving to Bosnia and back with a group of reserves from his naval base, working on the commemorations for the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, and a ten-week intensive training course at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth.

Tom says,

“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. The Royal Naval Reserve has got a fantastic history in Liverpool, going back more than 100 years, and we are actively welcoming new recruits.

“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.

“Project Hermes is a great opportunity for ambitious recruits who want to take the fast-track to becoming an officer.  The course is demanding but very rewarding and ideal for anyone that is keen to take on a new challenge this summer as it allows recruits to reach their potential far more quickly.


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


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