Although the existence of the Royal Navy depends on prerogative, enlistment and service in it are governed by regulations1. Discipline is governed, in common with all regular forces2, by the Armed Forces Act 20063.
The existence of the naval reserve forces is authorised by the Reserve Forces Act 1996, 4which also makes provision for enlistment and the terms of service in those forces5. Any officer or rating of any of the naval reserve forces is subject to the Armed Forces Act 2006 while: (1) in permanent service on call out under any provision of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 or
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