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Which Universities do you recruit from?
We recruit from the following Universities:
University of Oxford
Oxford Brookes University
University of Reading
What do I have to do before I can join?
Before you are able to join the URNU, you will need to attend a 'Meet and Greet' evening, fill in an application form, attend an interview and pass a medical.
When will the recruitment evening be held?
Please see our Join Us page.
What is the interview like, what should I know?
If you have applied and are offered an interview, you should research Royal Navy current affairs including knowledge of the Navy's ships, submarines, the Royal Marines, the Navy's capability and think about why you want to join. You should be able to sell yourself, providing examples of when you have shown leadership and good team working skills and give us an idea of what you would bring to the Unit. We will be able to give you more details, upon request, of what to expect when you are called to interview. Please ensure that you prepare for your interview as thoroughly as you would for a job interview.
Do I have to be a fresher to join?
No, although preferably you will have at least 3 years left on your degree course.
What if my degree course involves a year out?
This is not a problem, and many of our Unit members are in the same position. You are able to take a year out from the Unit and your place is guaranteed for when you return from your placement year.
Will I be liable to go to war?
No, although as a member of the URNU you are a member of the military, you hold an honorary rank in the Royal Naval Reserve and cannot be called up to war.
Do I have to attend a certain amount of the time?
We ask that all our members attend 16 drill nights, 3 sea weekends and 2 weeks of continuous training, usually a deployment phase, spread out over the year. We understand people may not be able to attend some of these, but there is a bounty paid for students who meet this minimum training time
Will I have a rank?
Yes. In your first year you will be an Officer Cadet in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), and after successful completion of your Officer Cadet Taskbook and Officer Cadet Board you will be entitled to wear Officer Cadet rank slides. Upon completion of your Midshipman Taskbook and Midshipman Board you will then hold the rank of Midshipman in the RNR and be entitled to wear a Midshipman rank slide.
Do I need to join the Royal Navy when I graduate?
No, the URNU there is no obligation to join Royal Navy after you finish your time with the URNU. However, if you are interested in joining, the URNU provides you with knowledge and skills that will give you an advantage over non URNU graduates wishing to join.
Will I need to have a medical check?
Yes, you will need to have a medical check if you are invited to join the Unit. This is not as scary as it sounds, and is a straightforward medical examination to ensure you are not suffering from any medical condition which would endanger you or others while at sea. If you have any worries about your eligibility to join the unit on medical grounds, please do contact us in confidence, and we will try our best to advise and help!
Will I be paid as a member of the URNU?
Yes, while on duty, members of the URNU are paid a standard daily rate of pay, currently around £41. You are also paid 1/4 days pay for each drill night you attend. If you meet the minimum training requirements, a bounty will be paid which is currently around £140 for a first year member. This means that a first year who completes all their minimum training requirements will earn around £1000 a year!