RNR Officers Commission at BRNC

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Wednesday 24th July 2019
RNR Officers Commission at BRNC

A consultant physician, a dentist and a civil servant were among the latest group of Royal Navy Reservists (RNR) to complete training at Britannia Royal Naval College.


The group of 12 Officer Cadets gave up their civilian lives for 15 days in uniform to complete their RNR confirmation course, which ended with their formal commissioning as Officers.


Prior to attending the course the students had been working hard to develop their skills within their units, having joined the RNR approximately a year ago.  Arriving at BRNC they were ready to take on an intensive three-day training package to refine their boat skills on the River Dart; an exercise on Dartmoor and within the grounds of BRNC; as well as ceremonial training, weapons training, strategic studies, theoretical and practical leadership development, and gruelling physical sessions.

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Richard Makins, who works at Gloucestershire Hospital Foundations Trust, said: “It’s been an incredible experience; two weeks in the most amazing setting with such an enthusiastic and inspiring group of people. Any low points were more than compensated for by the many highs.   It was physically the most challenging thing I have ever done but the sense of achievement when completed was phenomenal.” 

Midshipman Robert Brill is a real estate compliance manager in civilian life, working within the work and pensions department.  He said:  The course provided an intensive and critical step in developing the practical leadership and military skills essential for our future careers within the RNR.  Doing this alongside the regular cadets, in a setting that boasts such history and pride was a both a privilege and an honour. I look forward to the next stage of my training and to eventually serving with - and for - many of the people I have encountered along the way.”


At the end of their course the RNR Officers took part in a passing-out-parade watched by their families and friends.  Captain Nigel Wright, Defence Equipment and Support Frigates Team Leader, was the inspecting officer.


This was the second confirmation course held at BRNC this year.  Those taking part came from various RNR units across the UK including HMS Flying Fox in Bristol, HMS President in London,  HMS Scotia in Rosyth, HMS King Alfred in Portsmouth, HMS Wildfire in London and HMS Vivid in Plymouth.


The Maritime Reserves is made of the RNR and the Royal Marines Reserves.  In many cases reservists are indistinguishable from their regular counterparts.  In recent years the Maritime Reserves has been involved in a range of operations including counter-terrorism and anti-piracy work in the Gulf


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