Army Reserve to RNR - what's the gen?

#1
Hi all,

As the title suggests, really.

I'm not going to lie - I'm considering a transfer because I'm not happy with how things are developing in my present unit, so I've set myself a timeline to see if they work themselves out, and if not, I'm offski.

I was tempted by the Diving Branch when it first started (about the same time I joined the TA), but I didn't drive and I lived a long way from the nearest RNR unit. Since neither of those now apply, I thought it might be worth looking again.

Regards,
 
#6
I'm ex TA and now RNR.

If you're gonna do it, be prepared to consume a catering sized can of fuckabout. The RNR struggles to employ it's own people, let alone people with prior service and existing skills.

For example, I am a qualified REME armourer and Ex regular RN small arms maintainer. In the RNR I am technically not allowed to handle the SA80 because I haven't done the correct RNR course. This course is run during phase 1 training. Because I'm a transferee and didn't do phase 1, I haven't done the course and probably never will. I would have to go back and do the full two week course with a load of phase 1 trainees in order to be qualified.

As you can imagine, my time is precious and I'd really rather not smash all my MTDs repeating shit I already know inside out and back to front. Without wishing to sound big headed, I am probably the most experienced person in the entire RNR on that weapons system, yet according to the rules, I'm not even supposed to touch it. This course is a requirement imposed by the regular RN. Everyone agrees that this is a stupid situation, but no one has the stones or ability to grant a waiver or whatever.

It will be the same for you. It is very frustrating. Expect to repeat a lot of courses. Don't expect to use anything you've learned in the TA.

Having said all that, I've now found a nice little niche within the RNR that is working very well for me and I'm now enjoying it more than I ever enjoyed the TA. It took a ******* long time to get to this stage and I was close to jacking on a variety of occasions. I was fucked about beyond belief, but thankfully things have worked out for the best now (with thanks to a few people on this site).

It's worth a shot, you might really like it, but be warned, it will not be a straightforward easy ride and you'll probably have to do a lot of gobbling off to some quite senior people, in order to get anywhere.
 
#8
Whatever you do, print off all your jpa competencies, as they occasionally get "lost" in transfers, your print out will enable the RNR JSU to re-enter them
While you're at it, no harm adding a few buckshee courses and quals just to make yourself look better.

In all seriousness, I could've added ******* anything to my JPA competencies and no one would've known. They took my word and a tatty excel spreadsheet as gospel.

Commodore 2dd
(Para, commando, EOD technician, PWO, Navs Yeo)
 
#9
Similarly, if you're ever at Collingwood, head over to the photographic section and get a timetable of course photos. Any you fancy, sneak in at the back and get your face in the picture. A couple of years later, the course booking cell will accept a course photo as proof that you attended that course, and will update your competencies with it.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#10
Similarly, if you're ever at Collingwood, head over to the photographic section and get a timetable of course photos. Any you fancy, sneak in at the back and get your face in the picture. A couple of years later, the course booking cell will accept a course photo as proof that you attended that course, and will update your competencies with it.
Yep, worked for me as a Careers Adviser, too.
 

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