News

September 7th 2016

Fast track training pays off for Royal Naval reservists

Chris Cotterill

Two reservists from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve unit, are set to begin their initial officer training with the regular Royal Navy.

Sub-Lieutenant’s Chris Cotterill, aged 21, who lives in Burton on Trent, and Simon Elmore, aged 30, who lives in Oakham, are both set to travel to Dartmouth in September to start their training at Britannia Royal Naval College.

BothSimon Elsmore from HMS Sherwood reservists took part in an intensive training programme, known as the Accelerated Officer Programme (AOP), last summer condensing two years’ reservist training in to an eight week period. This led to Chris and Simon gaining their Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) commissions.

Now Chris is set to specialise as a Warfare Officer. He said: “The AOP was a first of its kind in terms of intensive training programmes for the RNR, and I am so grateful to my employer for allowing me to take an extended period of leave so I could further my RNR career.

“I’m now looking forward to completing my regular initial officer training, I know there will be challenges along the way but to be taking the next steps in the naval service is fantastic.”
Simon, who until recently worked as a teacher in Oakham, previously used the school holiday he received last year to complete his fast track training. He commented: “It was great to be able to have enough free time over the summer to take part in the pilot of the Accelerated Officer Programme. It allowed me to further my leadership abilities as well as developing my team working skills.

“I originally joined HMS Sherwood in 2011 so am delighted to be now going on to be a Hydrographic-Metographic Officer in the Royal Navy, full time.”

Both Chris and Simon will take 9 months to complete their initial officer training, and after this will be commissioned as full-time officers in the Royal Navy.

HMS Sherwood is based at Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham and is currently recruiting. To find out more about part-time careers in the RNR call 07818 017825 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk

“The AOP was a first of its kind in terms of intensive training programmes for the RNR, and I am so grateful to my employer for allowing me to take an extended period of leave so I could further my RNR career."