Former teacher from Oakham to serve as naval officer after completing accelerated training programme

Simon Elmore EMN-160709-131450001
Simon Elmore EMN-160709-131450001

A former teacher from Oakham is set to swap the classroom for a career in the Royal Navy after completing an accelerated training programme.

Simon Elmore, 30, is due to begin initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth after previously serving as a reservist in his spare time.

Simon and fellow sub-lieutenant Chris Cotterill, 21 – both from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve unit – took part in an intensive training programme known as the Accelerated Officer Programme (AOP), condensing two years’ reservist training in to an eight week period.

This led to Chris and Simon gaining their Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) commissions.

Simon, who until recently worked as a teacher in Oakham, used the school holiday he received last year to complete his fast track training.

He said: “It was great to be able to have enough free time over the summer to take part in the pilot of the Accelerated Officer Programme.

“It allowed me to further my leadership abilities as well as developing my team working skills.

“I originally joined HMS Sherwood in 2011 so I am delighted to be now going on to be a Hydrographic-Metographic Officer in the Royal Navy, full time.”

Chris, who lives in Burton on Trent, is set to specialise as a Warfare Officer.

Both Chris and Simon will take nine months to complete their initial officer training, and after this will be commissioned as full-time officers in the Royal Navy.

HMS Sherwood is based at Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham and is currently recruiting.

To find out more about part-time careers in the RNR call 07818 017825 or email