Project Firefly

If you are an ex-regular and have left the service within 2 years, you can join the RNR on a 'seamless transfer'.

Project Firefly is an NPT(Reserves) led initiative and an important work strand in supporting the manning requirements laid down in the Future Reserve Forces 2020 (FR20) white paper.

The projects aims include the creation of a seamless transfer scheme from Regular to Reserves, for Service leavers (SL); and an engagement campaign to promote the Transfer Scheme and raise the profile of the Maritime Reserves to the Regular and ex-regular Naval Communities.

Since its conception in April 2013, Project Firefly has attracted over 400 seamless transfers, 25 have been placed into the new engineering branch, 96 into the FAA and 59 into the RMR.

Through the scheme 260 ex-service personnel have gone on to be employed on either Full or Part Time Reserve Service commitments.

Royal Navy Reserves smiling inside a Royal Navy helicopter.

The Royal Naval Reserve have been revising its branch structure to align it more closely with the regular construct.

Significantly, this work introduced new area capabilities, notably Engineering and Chefs.

In addition, the joining age for Service Leavers and Ex-Regulars has been raised to 56 for RNR and 51 for RMR with new contracts being introduced in line with the New Employment Model.

For those considering the MR there are increased opportunities for your military skill sets: for instance anyone with instructing experience might relish the chance to take up a role in a unit’s training division.

Those looking for flexible ways of working may find the part-time scheme an attractive option especially if trying to balance work and family, and if promotion is what you are seeking, joining the MR will afford you this opportunity too.


Benefits - For a commitment of just 24 days RNR and 26 days RMR the benefits include:

  • Extra money, pension and annual bonus all in addition to any civilian benefits secured and does not impact on any service pension accrued.
  • It provides opportunities for continued professional development and promotion.
  • Remain a part of the Naval Service and its unique way of life.

Those that transfer to the Maritime Reserves under the “Seamless Transfer” scheme will not be compulsory mobilised for 2 years; Thereby allowing the Service leaver time to settle into civilian life. Additionally, this time should give peace of mind to their new employer and the opportunity for them to understand the benefits that Maritime Reserve members of staff bring to the civilian workplace.

Contact us – For more information speak to one of the team either: WO1 Paul Jones on 023 92628784, e-mail or POWTR “Buster” Brown on 023 92628677, e-mail:

The Firefly team are also willing to travel and brief groups or conduct one to one interviews and they look forward to hearing from you.

Further information can be found in the Project Firefly newsletter here