AIB fail - join RNR?

Spyrotpd

Midshipman
Hey guys,

I've touched on this on a previous post but feel I've confirmed my decision now with what to do with my life :D

So I recently failed AIB and have been told to come back in 12 months. I very much want to join the RNR as a Rating and get fully trained and mobilised as quickly as possible and get a deployment under my belt before returning to AIB again. I'm still yet to talk to my ACLO to get all the details, but would like to know a few things..

What is the chances of myself being able to complete Phase 1 & potentially Phase 2 training alongside the regular ratings as a reservist?
I know most reservists take 12 months to complete Phase 1. But as I am currently unemployed would I be able to attach myself to a regular ratings basic training course? (10 weeks @RALEIGH)
Also, does anyone know if the same can happen with regards to Phase 2 training?

Finally, I'm sure once I'd returned to AIB with this experience the Officers would really appreciate my commitment to the Navy. But is there a chance they wouldn't as I had joined as a Rating & not an Officer???

Would love to know if anyone has been able to fast track their reserve career to do this!

Many Thanks
STPD
 

crash_evans

Lantern Swinger
Maybe I am being daft, it sounds like you should just go in as a JR and then suck it and see. If you are unemployed what’s the risk?

You might prefer the view from the lower deck. The option will always be there to go UY/SUY if you have the aptitude and are recommended.

Some of the best ‘grown ups’ I know where killicks with me and they are LT CDR’s now. Loads of experience.

Edited to note: I failed my AIB when I was a PO, I was 5 marks out and invited back in 12 months. I was young and thought I should be what I thought the AIB wanted officers to be. Turns out, just be yourself. It made me a better Senior Rate and I didn’t fancy going back.


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pompeyexpat

War Hero
Given the wait that those joining the regulars often have before starting their Phase 1, and that those starting dates are predicated on the starting dates of their follow-on Phase 2 courses, I really can’t see you being able as a reservist to take up those valuable spaces. So if you decide to go down the reservist route I wouldn’t expect to be fully trained by the time you appear at AIB again. Not that that should stop you if that’s what you want to do. And you’re decision to join the RNR as a Rating will not have an adverse impact; indeed, depending on what training you’ve managed to complete it may even provide you with more evidence of leadership experience for your next interview.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Hello again,

Didn't you and I discuss a number of these things by PM?
As I said, you may be selected to do the ten week course at RAL as an RNR, it is an option available to candidates in your position - once the unit have recommended you.

Phase Two courses are irrelevant, as we do a different training stream in order to give the RN a different skill set. If you are keen to get mobilised than become an RNR Seaman. Post RAL you will do boats, RAS, light weapons and then sent, probably, to an OPV.
 

Spyrotpd

Midshipman
Hello again,

Didn't you and I discuss a number of these things by PM?
As I said, you may be selected to do the ten week course at RAL as an RNR, it is an option available to candidates in your position - once the unit have recommended you.

Phase Two courses are irrelevant, as we do a different training stream in order to give the RN a different skill set. If you are keen to get mobilised than become an RNR Seaman. Post RAL you will do boats, RAS, light weapons and then sent, probably, to an OPV.
Yes we did speak. So you're saying I have to be part of a RNR unit first before I can be recommended to RAL?
And yes I was looking at specialising as a RNR Seaman - looks like a lot of fun! Sorry what is RAS & OPV?

Thanks again
 

soleil

War Hero
Sorry what is RAS & OPV?

Thanks again
I think that BH is referring to the following. Happy to be corrected if I am wrong.


 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Yes we did speak. So you're saying I have to be part of a RNR unit first before I can be recommended to RAL?
And yes I was looking at specialising as a RNR Seaman - looks like a lot of fun! Sorry what is RAS & OPV?
Apologies. I thought an AIB candidate would know a few low-level TLA's. Mea Culpa.

Yes, you need to get yourself through the door, that's is why I keep saying that a year to join us then bounce to the regular service is optimistic. From what I read on this thread (shame you started a new one) you now get that. I suggested that you went back to the AFCO and used your tests to join the RNR. I even guided you to your nearest RNR unit. You were to do that last Monday.

To reiterate;
1. Go to AFCO ask if your passes can be transferred for RNR entry.
2. Make contact with HMS Wildfire
3. Once you are through the door explain your aspirations to the INT staff there.
4. My answer won't change, regardless of how many new threads you start! :)
 

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