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Nursing Officer Reserve
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Nursing Officer Reserve

First-class care meets challenging conditions, as you play an essential part in safeguarding our people, all over the world.

CiviliansHealthcareHumanitarian aid
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Royal Naval Reserve
  • Officer level

At a glance

Challenging conditions and first-class care don’t always go hand-in-hand; but they will for you as a Reserve Nursing Officer. You’ll play a key role in safeguarding our people and civilians alike, from humanitarian aid, to supporting personnel in a maritime environment.
It’s given me the opportunity to demonstrate to the Royal Navy how I do my work, and in return I’ve been able to use my skills on board ship and ashore.


Royal Navy Reserve Nursing Officer

Role details

What you’ll do

Being a Nursing Officer (Reserve) means using your skills to support vital Royal Navy operations, all over the world. You’ll encounter some of the most challenging environments imaginable, so you you’ll develop both personally and professionally. You don’t need any naval experience, just the desire to practise where you’re needed most, experiencing and doing things few medical professionals can imagine.

Your role

  • Deliver world class healthcare as part of a highly skilled and motivated team.
  • Provide vital support to maritime and wider military operations across the globe.
  • Provide support in a range of challenging conditions at sea, on land or in the air. Adapt to a variety of platforms including state of the art warships such as the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.
  • Travel the world as part of the front line medical services team.

Pay & benefits

  • Daily rates of pay equivalent to those of full-time personnel
  • Annual tax-free bounty subject to meeting the minimum training commitment
  • Paid leave in proportion to the number of training days attended
  • Automatic membership of the non-contributory Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Expenses and allowances when undergoing training
  • Access to sports and fitness facilities
  • Opportunities for Adventurous Training (AT)

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • The opportunity to undergo formal management training on reserve staff and command courses
  • The opportunity to undergo post-graduate specialisation qualifications
  • Attain NHS accredited qualifications through military service that transpose directly to your civilian medical occupation e.g. Immediate Life Support (ILS) and any specialisation course to your specific clinical area

Skills you'll develop

  • Your professional skills will be broadened and enhanced with direct benefit to your civilian practice
  • You will be trained and developed by an organisation recognised for its ability to turn out world class leaders


  • You must be aged 21 and up to 55, (or 56 if you're serving or an ex-regular), when you start training
  • 5 GCSEs grades C/4, which must include English Language and Mathematics
  • You must hold a degree in Adult Nursing. You must also be clinically current in a secondary care environment
  • You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), without restrictions
  • You can apply in your last year of nurse training and will be selected on a conditional basis subject to receipt of your NMC PIN
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
  • You need to be within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI) 
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

Joining Process

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