There are over 2,200 reservists in Wales. They perform vital roles in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAF).

Reservists are ordinary people who come from diverse backgrounds. They give up their spare time to train and serve alongside regular personnel in the Armed Forces.

As valued members of the Defence family, reservists enhance their everyday lives through adventurous and challenging experiences. They receive world-class training to develop new skills and qualifications to boost their civilian lives.

They carry out different roles at their respective reserve units, where the minimum annual requirement is just under 30 days a year. In return, reservists receive pay and expenses for evening and weekend training, and equal pay to their regular ranks on deployment.

There is also a package of support available to their employers to ensure that they aren’t disadvantages when reservists are mobilised. Click here to learn more about Employer Engagement.

Royal Navy


Royal Marines




Army Reserves



RFCA for Wales provide reserves with the venues where they work and train to unlock their true potential. Click here to learn more about the estate.

The support provided by RFCA for Wales enables reservists to enhance their everyday lives through adventurous and challenging experiences.

The Welsh Reserves’ and Cadets’ Fund is managed by RFCA for Wales. It funds a wide range of activities, aimed at boosting training and morale.


These activities enabled reservists to enhance their personal and professional development,

ensuring that skills learned from the armed forces could also be beneficial in their civilian lives and careers.

Contact A Reserve Unit in Wales

  • Naval Regional HQ Wales and Western England
    01179 786013
  • HMS Cambria
    01446 744044
  • RMR Bristol (Cardiff Detachment)
    02920 452758
  • 160th Infantry Brigade Infantry Brigade and HQ Wales
    01874 613488
  • The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)
    01600 711455
  • 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment
    02920 781 290
  • 157 (Welsh) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
    02920 781 245
  • Wales Universities Officers’ Training Corps
    02920 726183
  • 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
    02920 562291
  • 101 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    01978 316122
  • 104 Regiment Royal Artillery
    53 (Wales and Western) Signal Squadron
    02920 486085
  • 105 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    160 Field Company
    01633 877451
  • 16 Close Medical Regiment
    144 Para Medical Squadron
    02920 576215
  • 7 Military Intelligence Battalion
    01985 223720

University Service Units

University Service Units teach skills to students that look great on their CVs and enhance their future employability – plus, they get paid for it.

Their respective models and programmes are designed to fit around the academic calendar but University Service Units are not your average university society.

Each service has its own university organisation that offer military experience, adventurous training and an energetic social life.

Many students go on to serve as regulars and reserves, though there’s no obligation to join the Armed Forces after they graduate from university.

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