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Following on from the OPV thread, what if anything can the RNR do to alleviate the RN manpower crisis? I am not thinking of constant deployments, or of trying to replicate the RN branch structure, but surely it should be possible to provide a pool of personnel for what might be turned general duties* aboard ships in UK home waters so that people can get harmony time or attend career courses?
I am thinking of things than would probably need totally rethinking the current RNR set up, but with up to a thousand new people being recruited.
* Surely Sea(Res) could do seamanship stuff, ships's...
Was thinking of joining the navy as a tactical warfare specialist on a submarine but wasn't sure how often you get out a submarine?
I also heard something about American subs stopping in the sea to allow everyone to go for a swim but wasn't sure if it was the same for the Royal Navy.