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August 3rd 2015

Reservists take part in fast track training scheme

Two Royal Naval Reservists are taking part in a fast track officer training scheme designed to get them up-to-speed in record time.

Officer Cadets Chris Cotterill, aged 21, who lives in Mackworth , Derby, and Simon Elmore, aged 28, who lives in Rutland, travelled to Dartmouth in July 2015 to begin an intensive eight-week training programme that will see them both ‘pass out’ as Royal Naval Officers in August this year.

This is the first time that an intensive training exercise such as this has been organised, but it is aimed at those Reservists who can give up extra time over the summer months to complete exercises that may ordinarily take up to two years to finish.

Chris Cotterill, joined HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, two years ago. He said: “I was keen to take part in this training as it will help me to fast-track my RNR career overall, compressing training that normally takes two years into a single summer. I’m always eager to learn new skills and push myself to develop in my career, so to have the opportunity to take part in this pilot training programme is great.”

Simon Elmore, who works as a teacher in his civilian career, explained he wanted to put his summer holiday to good use: “I’ve served at HMS Sherwood for several years and as an Officer Cadet for just under a year, so wanted to take the next step in my Reserve officer career as soon as I could. As I get an extended holiday working as a teacher, intensive learning is fantastic for me.”

The pilot programme, known as Project Hermes, allows trainees to condense up to two years of RNR officer training into an eight-week period.

They will learn the leadership and teamwork skills needed to lead sailors ashore and afloat, and broader military and maritime skills, culminating in a two-week period of initial sea training onboard a warship.

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

"I’m always eager to learn new skills and push myself to develop in my career, so to have the opportunity to take part in this pilot training programme is great.”