All set to join the RNR :)

Discussion in 'Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)' started by AledJ, Apr 1, 2010.

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  1. After a few months of thinking carefully over what I wanted to do with my life, I have come to what I think is a good solution. This was made easier after attending the RNR recruitment evening last night at HMS Cambria. I'm currently studying as a post-graduate to eventually qualify as a solicitor, but still wanted to be part of the RN as much as possible. So the best option to allow me to practice as a solicitor, but still have that RN connection is to join the RNR.

    Already done the RT test last summer before I was offered this post graduate course. So its just on to the interview, medical and fitness before basic training.

    The main reason for the thread is to gauge from other RNR's more about the two roles i'm interested in. At the moment both seaman specialist and communication information specialist . From what I was told last night as a seaman specialist if you are called up to serve with the RN, then you will get a lot more sea time than say a CIS. How accurate is this? And also would be great to know general experiences of each branch.

  2. Thought I would leave it a while but still no replies :| Guess i'll ask elsewhere.

    Cheers anyway.
  3. Hey, Aled, hang on a sec!

    Not so quick!

    Bear in mind that you posted your question the day before Easter began. Many of the people who would answer you probably haven't checked in on Rum Ration over the long weekend!
  4. Aled,

    Great to hear you are joining the RNR. I am sure you will have a great time, and hopefully have some good experiences.

    Whilst I can't comment directly on those two branches my understanding is that as a Seaman you will spend a lot more time at sea or alongside. I believe a lot of the work they do is Above Water Force Protection but I stand to be corrected!

    As for CIS, - again not something I know lots about but it comes in a variety of formats, mainly based around a computer though!

    Both should offer you the chance to do lots of things, - it will take you about 18 months to do basic training etc so you will have time to make you your mind.

    I hope this helps before someone else more in tune with this comes along!

    Best of Luck,

  5. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    CIS = Communications and Information Systems

    The Comms role at sea is responsible for establishing and maintaining a ship's strategic and tactical communications links within UK and NATO comms networks. This role can be carried out in support of both the RN and the RFA. This role also supports the comms elements of the FSU organisation which provides military stores, engineering and comms services to minor war vessels outside naval ports.

    The Information Systems element is more computer focused, however you need to bear in mind that the networks that you are working with are significantly different to your home or office LAN / WAN and furthermore the information that you're dealing with is again totally different to your home accounts or annual budget forecast!

    Before making any decision about your branch selection, do some research and look into what the job involves.

    Good luck!
  6. As those above have said I will speak to those at HMS Cambria about the different branches. I do want to be drafted so to speak abroad, as that was one reason I had for joining the RN. As I understand from last week CIS branch tend to stay in the UK. When I was planning to join the RN (before I picked law) CIS and Seaman were both considered, so I know what their roles are etc. What i don't know is how those roles function within the RNR; What i mean by that is personal experience.

    Just waiting for the Cardiff office to sort my file out for the RNR as I have already done the RT test, so may be a bit of sitting around tomorrow night. Don't mind the waiting so much might give me a chance to talk some of the other RNR's of the unit.

  7. Aled
    within your Unit you have access to the Wales and West of England's Regional Force Protection Officer (RFPO) and the branch's manpower co-ordination officer (Both in the Finest Fighting Branch of the RNR - the Sea(Res) Branch) so I'd suggest a quick chat with both/either and you'll get high quality info, and you can always talk to those at the coal face as well!

    Good Luck

  8. Thanks :) I'll see if I can have a chat with them at some point. Also plan to speak to other in the unit to get an idea of their experiences.
  9. Hi Aled,

    Before you rush off to stand around with a stick or a gun, you may want to read this. Many of the guys and gals were CIS ratings. There have also been CIS Ratings deployed on Operations even further afield.

    As somebody once said: "You take your chance when you choose your Branch". You need to ask yourself how happy you will be when you spend weeks on end working 1-in-3 watches standing on the upper scupper with your baton/stick and eff-all to do or think about. The alternative is a job which requires real intelligence providing a communications service to the Command either afloat or ashore.

    Whichever you choose, I'm sure that you will be happy and I wouldn't suggest, even in jest, that one branch is more important than the other.

    Welcome to the RNR.

  10. Aldis those are wise words thanks!

    Forgotten her name but when I was at the recruitment night last week, a female RNR was off to Scotland I think this week. She told us she was off to manage/set up the communication frequencies etc for the exercise, will chat to her when she gets back.

    Think i'll leave the branch decision for now as I have plenty of time to think it over :)
  11. hi aled

    I was also at the presentation last week and am thinking of joining RNR, but i have to wait for my documents from portsmouth until i can get an RT date, until then i have to be patient..Hopefully see you in a few weeks!!!
  12. Persec Mate. Please edit asap
  13. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    "Both in the Finest Fighting Branch of the RNR - the Sea(Res) Branch) "

    JTFC - when did we become the Americans? I can see it now for other branches:

    "Logs - the finest loggiest force in the whole RNR" or

    "MW - we put the Mup into Muppet"

    and finally Padres "Can I get a hallelujiah"?

    Off to rustle my copy of the times angrily...
  14. In the finest traditions of the Service, a bit of Branch Rivalry never goes amiss!

    The Sea(Res) Branch are no better than any other branch in the RNR, but we are the best at what we do, just like the Loggies are best at doing loggie stuff etc.

    If anyone is offended by my comments about the Finest Fighting Branch of the RNR, I do appoligies, however I will continue to fight the corner of my branch and continue to use the strap line. I would, however, draw a firm line at any strap line or comment that degradded any other branch, as that certainly is a massiv crossing of the "line".

    Hope you are less angry!


  15. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    By dredging the deepest depths of my memory cells I know that branch rivallry can sometimes go too far - back in the late 60s/early 70s (told you I was digging deep) there was a series of car stickers displayed around Helensburgh that set the sun-dodgers against the skimmers. If I remember rightly, these were banned by local command as being too inflammatory.
  16. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    SO2 - sorry, not having a go at you for the use of your tag vs other branches - the work of the Sea branch is well known, and your team have acquitted themselves well in some very difficult situations.

    More an observation that we seem to be going down the American road of "rootingest tootingest branch" straplines - great for the USN, perhaps not natural for the RN(R). Personally I'm not a fan of branch straplines for whichever branch you're in, but equally its not my trainset, so I'll leave it there :)

  17. Were you the one who was ex-service?

    I'm going back tonight to sort the paper work out :| Just hope the Cardiff office have sent the RNR my file.
  18. PT No worries, and Ta for your post. (and your kind comments about the Branch)
    The fault (if there is one) is with me, as my day job is in sales and Marketing, so Strap Lines come easy to me, add that to my proper RNR job of an IO Practioner, then the spin Doctor come to the surface on too many occasions! (One day I might get round to doing some of my proper RNR job and my day job!)

    Though hopefully my strap line attempts have a thin vale of humour/banter!

    RNR - The Real Navy of Reservists! oops! there I go again!

  19. "Finest Fighting Branch"? - surely "only" fighting branch

    "Fighting branch"? - surely "Engagement strictly in accordance with RoE branch"
  20. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    or the strap-line for DPA .... "Yesterday's technology, tomorrow"

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