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September 1st 2015

Fast track training is a success

A Reservist from Derby and a Reservist from Rutland have successfully completed a fast track training scheme to help advance their Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) career.

Chris Cotterill, aged 21, and Simon Elmore, aged 28, who both serve with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only RNR unit, completed an eight week training programme that saw them ‘pass out’ as Royal Naval Officers in Dartmouth on 9 August 2015.

The intensive training programme is the first of its kind to be organised to condense up to two years training in to an eight week period. The course was aimed at Reservists who have the opportunity to give up extra time over the summer to focus on their RNR development.

Simon Elmore lives in Oakham, Rutland and works as a Secondary School Teacher in his day job, so he decided to use his school holiday to enhance his part-time career at HMS Sherwood. He said: “I have wanted to take the next step in my RNR career for some time now so taking part in this training programme was an excellent chance for me to use my summer break productively. I joined HMS Sherwood several years ago so passing out as an Officer wasan extremely proud moment for both me and my family.”

Chris Cotterill lives in Mackworth , Derby, and joined HMS Sherwood two years ago. Describing the training experience he said: “Personally I’ve found Project Hermes to be fantastic. Due to the intensive nature of the course, I found it very challenging, but am very proud to have achieved and completed so much with my fellow Young Officers.”

The pilot programme, known as Project Hermes, allowed trainees to learn the leadership and teamwork skills needed to lead sailors ashore and afloat, and gain broader military and maritime skills, culminating in a two-week period of initial sea training on-board a warship.

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

“I have wanted to take the next step in my RNR career for some time now so taking part in this training programme was an excellent chance for me to use my summer break productively."