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May 11th 2015

Nottinghamshire-based student joins HMS Sherwood

A Nottinghamshire based student is thoroughly enjoying her basic training at HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit.

Jemma Griffiths, aged 22 from Lenton in Nottingham, expressed an interest in becoming a Reservist at one of HMS Sherwood’s recruitment events.

As a member of the RNR individuals have the chance to develop new skills, meet new people, advance their leadership knowledge and personal confidence as well as having opportunities to travel and take part in adventurous training exercises such as climbing, hill walking or water sports.

Describing why she wanted to become a Reservist, Jemma explained:  “At University I’m studying Environmental Science and wanted to do something completely different and exciting in my spare time.

“I saw an advert that HMS Sherwood was recruiting and thought that sounded like a great thing to get involved in. I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors, learning new skills and meeting new people so I’m enjoying it so far. I’m still really new the unit but have been welcomed by the current Reservists from day one.

“I would encourage other young people like myself to become a Reservist because the environment of the RNR helps and encourages you to develop yourself as a person, which can then lead to progression in your chosen career. Being in the RNR has allowed me to develop my, communication and team work skills which is something I would not have otherwise been able to do.

“Joining the Reserves not only allows you to meet new people and share experiences it also gives you a new world in which to thrive. I have found that everyone has a story to tell and wants to support the team as a whole which is really encouraging.”

Jemma is part of a larger group of seven new female recruits to have recently joined HMS Sherwood and are currently completing their initial training which will include two national training weekends, a six-day weapon handling and field craft course and a two week confirmation course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

HMS Sherwood’s Commanding Officer, Commander Rob Noble, said: “We are delighted at the response we have received from our recent recruitment events. Our recent female recruits include college students, a university student and a range of other professionals in their early 20s. If you enjoy a challenge, are a team-player and want to learn new skills we would like to hear from you.

“Recruiting more Reservists is a priority for me as Commanding Officer and I don’t believe we can be complacent about this, although recruiting is going well at the moment. I have a target of 25 more recruits in mind, but for me this is the minimum.”

To find out more about HMS Sherwood call 07818 017825 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.co.uk

“Joining the Reserves not only allows you to meet new people and share experiences it also gives you a new world in which to thrive. I have found that everyone has a story to tell and wants to support the team as a whole which is really encouraging.”