A campaign has been launched in Birmingham calling for more people to sign up to become Royal Navy Reservists.
A series of recruitment events is being held at HMS Forward, where visitors can get a taste of what life is like for serving personnel.
Charlotte Grant reports from the first event.
A campaign has been launched to encourage more people from the West Midlands to join the Royal Navy as reservists.
The first in a series of live recruitment days has been held at HMS Forward in Birmingham, in the hope of signing up 220 new recruits over the next three years.
Visitors were able to meet serving personnel and get a taste of what life as a Reservist is like by taking part in physical and mental challenges, foot drills and weapon handling, and kit demonstrations.
A campaign is getting underway in Birmingham to encourage more people to become Reservists in the Royal Navy in their spare time.
HMS Forward will host a recruitment day on Saturday, aiming to get 220 people to sign up in the next three years.
The event will give people the chance to find out more about life as a Reservist, by taking part in demonstrations and exercises.
New recruits will then be given training for a specific role, ranging from logistics to submarine operations.
The Royal Naval Reserve supplements the full-time ranks with extra trained manpower, and in some cases provides additional specialist civilian skills.