One third of the Armed Forces of the UK come from the ranks of the Volunteer Forces. Some 46,000 men and women serve in the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR), the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR), the Territorial Army (TA) and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF).
As a Volunteer within the Reserves, you will become an active paid part-time member of the Armed Forces of the UK!
The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for the North West of England and the Isle of Man (NW RFCA) is the second largest Association in the UK covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and the Isle of Man. There is one Royal Naval Headquarters, which includes HMS EAGLET and RMR Merseyside, and there are some 40 TA Centres, although none in the Isle of Man. In total there are 3400 TA soldiers and some 470 Royal Naval and Royal Marine Reservists currently serving in the North West. There are currently no RAuxAF units operating within the NW RFCA boundaries.
Men and Women who join the Reserve Forces do so because they are looking for something different from their daily work and private lives. Life in the Reserve Forces, in
whatever unit you choose to join, teaches you new skills and presents you with new challenges where you can put them to good use.
The majority of units train one evening a week, every other weekend and spend two weeks on annual training, some of which might be abroad. The reservists' commitment will vary but usually 6-8 weekends and the 2 weeks camp is the norm.