By day Ross Bevan is a lawyer heading a legal team for the Courts & Tribunals Service.
But in his spare time the 31-year-old from Preston is an Acting Sub Lieutenant for the Royal Naval Reserve.
He is backing a campaign to encourage more people to become reservists in the Royal Navy, which aims to sign up around 150 recruits in the region over the next three years.
The first Royal Naval Reserve Live recruitment day will be held at HMS Eaglet in Liverpool on Saturday.
People who attend will have the chance to find out more about life in the navy by meeting reservists, taking part in physical and mental challenges and watching demonstrations on weapons handling, fire fighting and chemical defence.
Ross has been a reservist since signing up with the Royal Naval Reserve at the age of 25.
He has experienced everything from parachuting in Bicester to learning how to survive and repair a flooded ship in a special simulator unit at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
After leaving school, he considered joining the forces, but instead studied a law degree and qualified as a barrister.
It was while working in court that a colleague told him about the Royal Naval Reserve, and he signed up at HMS Eaglet.
He said: “I enjoy the camaraderie and meeting people from different walks of life, all of whom share a common purpose and ethos.
“The training is fantastic and prepares you well for deployment. As well as the Wednesday night sessions and weekend training, there is a two-week course at the Royal Naval College and various exercises to attend.
“The experiences you gain help you to assess situations calmly and develop a plan, and to manage people well. I think my employers value this as they are always very supportive when I need time away to undertake naval duties.
“When everywhere seems to be cutting back on training, the navy actually offers a huge variety of opportunities – both the training you need to be effective when deployed but also more general skills which you can apply in all areas of life.
“I haven’t been deployed yet but am looking forward to it, and want to make a difference. I get so much out of being a reservist that I want to be able to put something back.”
Ross is one of more than 2,300 men and women who currently serve as reservists in the Royal Navy alongside their normal day job. Most have no previous military experience.
When needed, the Royal Naval Reserve supplements the full-time ranks with extra manpower and, in some cases, provides additional specialist civilian skills.
New recruits must be aged between 16 and 40, have an appropriate standard in English and Maths, and be able to complete a one-and-a-half-mile run within a set time.
Reservists need to be able to commit the equivalent of 24 days a year for training, which mainly takes place during the evenings and at weekends, and will be paid for their time.
They will also qualify for a yearly tax-free bonus, which ranges from £400 to £1,600, depending on the length of service.
Chief Petty Officer Marc Barrowcliff said: “Becoming a reservist is a great way of experiencing life in the navy without having to give up your day job. For many people, it’s a chance to fulfil long-held ambitions.
“We welcome new recruits from all sorts of backgrounds, and we’ll help you to develop skills, knowledge and personal qualities that can help you in everyday life as well.
“We pay people for their time but you’ll also experience the action and adventure of life at sea, and develop new friendships that often last a lifetime.”
The initial training to become a reservist takes place one night a week or at weekends for the first 20 weeks.
This is followed by a two-week residential course at the prestigious Royal Navy training facilities of HMS Raleigh in Cornwall or Britannia Royal Naval College in Dorset.
Both courses include overnight exercises on Dartmoor and, following the residential course, new recruits will be given training for a specific role, ranging from logistics to submarine operations.
The event in Liverpool will take place at HMS Eaglet at East Brunswick Dock between 10am and 3pm.
For more details, or to register to attend, call 08456 00 32 22, search for ‘navy reserves’ on the web, or visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk/navyreserves.