Buzz - 'R' on uniform to go

Shakey

War Hero
Have just heard that the Queen in Council yesterday has agreed to abolish the R on the uniform. Expect to hear something in the next few days.

Or it could be another gash buzz.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I'm curious as to what, if anything, is likely to replace it? ... and suspicious that this is another ploy to make it more difficult to recognise that there are more and more reservists necessarily holding down full time posts that the service is unable to fill due to manning problems. Maybe

I'm just too pessimistic.

SF
 

noemis

Lantern Swinger
2badge_mango said:
Are you going to be just Naval Reserve then?

2BM
Quality!! However, what difference is it going to make? Are we going to get embroiled in yet more should we shouldn't we? Will their be an 'R' dividend?

We must, must we, know?
 

Shakey

War Hero
Nothing will replace it.

Some admiral type explained it to us recently thus:

Imagine the Navy as like a motorway with several lanes. The biggest lane, the outside lane, is the regular service. The next lane would be the reserves, with other slower lanes for people on sabbaticals, career breaks, fleet reserve etc.

The idea is to make it easier for individuals to increase or reduce their committment to the service as required. (ie. by changing lanes.)

Therefore, it will be easier to utilise reservists to fill regular billets, and for regulars to drop in to the reserve if they wanted to go to university for example.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Thanks for the clarification Shakey. It sounds fine in theory bt I wonder if those moving from fast to slow lanes will far outnumber those moving in the opposite direction.

I wonder how it will affect pension entitlements.

SF
 
SILVER_FOX said:
I'm curious as to what, if anything, is likely to replace it? ... and suspicious that this is another ploy to make it more difficult to recognise that there are more and more reservists necessarily holding down full time posts that the service is unable to fill due to manning problems. Maybe

I'm just too pessimistic.

SF
Ah, yes, the numbers game! BZ SF. I too suspect that RN manning figures will suddenly improve...
 

Uncle_Albert

War Hero
Presumably there will be a grandfather clause to allow people with the R still on their rig to keep it for a while, to save on tailoring charges?
 

hammockhead

Lantern Swinger
Well, it can't have done, because there wasn't a Privy Council meeting yesterday. There is one today, but I'm not holding my breath.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
jesse650 said:
FlagWagger said:
2badge_mango said:
Are you going to be just Naval Reserve then?

2BM
Yes, if the regulars just become Navy :)
ok who's displeased her maj then? plus we'd never hear the end of it from the pongoes and the crabs :shock: :shock:
"Off with their Rs" has got quite a ring to it, don't you think? :)
 
We had visit from Admiral Reserves last night who adv that the RNR flashes are to be replaced with RN flashes as of NOW. Stores to be told to order in a supply - and the R will disappear from the curls immediately.
 

McHammock

Lantern Swinger
Northern_Part_timer said:
We had visit from Admiral Reserves last night who adv that the RNR flashes are to be replaced with RN flashes as of NOW. Stores to be told to order in a supply - and the R will disappear from the curls immediately.
AHA, the new communication strategy from the head shed :idea:
Visit one unit, tell them a gen buzz & then allow RumratioN to be the communication medium.
Still, saves on someone having to staff an RNRTM I suppose. :grin:
 
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