Rank Structure of the NSR

Most entrants to the Naval Service Reserve join as Ratings. The exception to this are ex-Naval Service Officers, Merchant Navy Officers, and Doctors. Ratings undergo recruit training before they are promoted to the rank of Ordinary Seaman. Once full trained, and hold the rank of a Leading Seaman, or above, the may be considered for training to qualify them for promotion to the commissioned ranks (i.e. officer)

Officers provide the higher management structure, and will generally be responsible for the welfare and training of a number of ratings.