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Special Boat Service (Reserve)

SBS(R) offers a unique experience and opportunity for selected individuals to serve with their regular counterparts. SBS(R) has a tri-service recruitment policy and only currently serving members of the UK Reserve Forces are eligible to apply.

Regular military personnel may apply whilst in the last 6 months of their service pending transfer to a Reserve Forces Unit on discharge, details of which can be found on DII. See 2016DIN07-064 (Amended Nov 16) for details.

SBS(R) is based in the South of England but recruits nationwide.

Successful candidates will need to display a high degree of commitment and fitness as the majority of the selection process is conducted to regular standard alongside the regular component.


Contact details

Enquiries are by email only, ideally through the reservist’s CoC, referencing the DIN.
Email: SBSReserveRecruiting@mod.uk

If deemed suitable, applicants will be sent joining instructions for a five-day SBS Briefing Course. The course is designed to assess whether you have the aptitude, physical ability and stamina to pass UKSF Selection.


  • Must be a serving member of UK Reserve Forces
  • Nationwide recruitment
  • High physical fitness entry standards
  • A high degree of commitment required
  • Opportunity to serve overseas alongside regular counterparts

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