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Royal navy diver


Hello everyone,

My name is Liam and i am ex parachute regiemnt. Do loads of stuff with the reg including afghan and many selection courses, some with happy endings and some with out. I have just left the army about 4 months ago and to be honest i cant handle not having a focus. I put alot of time and effort in to my new job but its rubbish. Can anybody tell me if i can apply to the naval reserves as a diver and if so how i can go about it? any feed back would be great thanks. :pl:


War Hero
Assuming you left the Army by submitting notice as a trained rank with exemplary conduct, fully fit medically & recommended for further service, all you need do is apply through your nearest AFCO, producing your former service discharge documents & a couple of pay statements.

There are RNR Divers, but primarily you undergo RNR selection & training first, then apply to specialise in the Under Water Force Protection role. It`s worth being aware UWFP is not the same as regular service Mine Clearance Diver.


Thanks mate. Yer I left at my own accord. What is the difference being? Is it worth doing? I would join up full time but I feel I have done my time now.


Lantern Swinger
Off the RN's site

Diving (Under Water Force Protection)

Your main role will be to work at maximum depths of 30 metres as part of a specialist diving team. If you’re not a former service Diver then you’ll have to hold a recognised civilian diving qualification to BSAC Ocean/PADI Open Water standard.

The task will primarily involve underwater searches and minor repair work to ships. You could also find yourself attached to one of the Royal Navy’s regional diving units in the UK working in one of the dockyards. The selection process and diving medical will take place after you have completed your initial training.
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