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About the Navy Reserve

Navy Reserve Sailor saluting in front of American Flag.

What is the Navy Reserve?

As a Sailor in the in the U.S. Navy Reserve, you’ll be standing by, ready to assist the fleet wherever needed. With reserve centers across the nation, you can stay close to family in whatever city you choose, while enjoying the purpose and structure of the Navy.

You’ll drill one weekend a month and attend annual training for two weeks a year, so you can serve around your civilian schedule. Whether you’re joining for the first time, have served in the past or are just transitioning out of Active Duty, life in the Reserve comes with the training, benefits, flexibility and adventure you’ve been seeking.


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Your Opportunity to Grow

Get Back What You Give

Whether you’re serving for the first time or are joining us to serve again, you’ll earn world-class benefits in health care, education, home loans and retirement. Plus, you’ll be paid for every drill weekend and your two-week annual training, just like any other job.

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Navy Reserve Careers

There are Reserve opportunities for Enlisted Sailors as well as Commissioned Officers in over 150 fields. You can specialize in the career you have or even venture out and get training in a brand new role.

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Navy Reserve Requirements

Navy Reserve Sailors include people from all walks of life, backgrounds and ethnicities. They have varying levels of education and work as professionals across all industries. Navy Reserve Sailors must be between the ages of 18 and 39, though exceptions can be made for those with prior service. However, joining the Navy Reserve doesn’t require any prior military experience—we can teach you all you need to know.

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