Royal Australian Naval Reserves

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A career in the Royal Australian Naval Reserves is exciting and challenging with many opportunities to serve at sea in any one of the Navy's high-tech frigates, submarines, amphibious support ships, patrol boats, support craft, mine warfare and hydrographic vessels.

On shore, Reservists serve in each state capital or wherever there is a naval presence. Reservists come from all walks of life and from all parts of Australia. Some are ex full-time RAN personnel who have discharged from the Navy whilst others have never served full-time but have undertaken all their training on a part-time basis.

Some Reserves work in formed Reserve units (e.g.. Diving Teams, Band, and Maritime Trade Operations) whilst others belong to distinct Navy branches but work individually in RAN ships or establishments (e.g. Medical Officers, Seaman personnel, and Engineering specialists) alongside Permanent Naval (PN) force personnel.

Royal Australian Naval Reservists are also deployed on overseas duties to support the United Nation's humanitarian efforts. Reservists have made a significant difference to the lives of many people affected by disaster and civil unrest. In recent times they have served in Somalia, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, East Timor and the Persian Gulf.

A brief history of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve


ForceNet is a secure e-portal that provides access to Defence services, Reserve jobs and information online. Naval Reservists are required to visit (external link) and register.

Employer Support and Information

Navy Reserves - A strategic resource for Defence Industry.
Navy Reserves - A strategic resource for Defence Industry.
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Nominate your employer

Employer support of Navy Reservists is extremely important and there are a number of ways in which Defence recognises this support both financially and through other means. Do you think your employer deserves formal recognition for their support of your Reserve Service? Nominate them at the Defence Reserves Support Council (external link) website.

Joining the Navy Reserves

Visit Defencejobs (external link) for a wealth of information on how to become a Navy Reservist or call 13 19 01 to chat about what you'd like to do in the Navy Reserves.