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Hi everyone!
I'm 31 years old and I'm finally applying to join the RNR.
I tried to apply years ago but my BMI was too high. Thankfully I've lost a lot of weight and I'm physically fit.
My other big hurdle was getting my wife to agree to me joining. She has always been against the idea of me joining. We have a 2 year old daughter and she hates the thought of me being away from home.
Still, my wife has begrudgingly agreed to me joining. It's an itch that wont go away for me. I feel like if I dont go for it now, I'll look back with regret.

I work as a site manager for a large construction company. My dream has always been to become an officer in the RNR. Unfortunately, I do not have A levels so I would not be eligible.
What are the promotion opportunities like starting off as a rating? I realise every person is different, but typically how many years would it take to get promoted to Leading Hand for example?
Thanks
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Welcome aboard.
Like everything in life you get out what you put in. Promotion is based not only on completing the courses but also the contents of your reports.

The RNR is about to undertake it's biggest transformation since the fall of the Belin Wall, and the Defence cuts that followed. The current mantra is "we are going back to sea". If you join now you will be expected to do sea time, a good report from that will doubtless assist in a promotion. Will this impact on your family? Yes. I'm not going to lie.

Your civilian job must come first, then family, then the RNR. The secret is to plan ahead, get the dates and weeks that you have to do in your diary as far ahead as possible, that way you won't be caught short on an essential course and prevent your papers going before the promotion board.

Anyway, you've got to get through Phase One first :)
BH
 
UPDATE
My application is going slower than I expected.
I had a telephone interview last week, which went really well.
The main problem I have is trying to book an eye test! The earliest I can get one is in nearly 6 weeks time. Unfortunately due to covid, the optitions are only seeing vulnerable or emergency cases.

Also I have not been able to get in contact with anyone from my nearest unit. I have tried calling and emailing numerous times.

I understand that during this unprecedented time that the whole RNR application process is difficult and long winded.
I just really want to attest and start my phase 0 training!
 

Jonadame

Midshipman
Hi mate I just sorted my eyes I had same issue. You can change the location on the voucher, so google boots around your area and try different ones. To change the voucher press the link on the text message and there’s a little change button next to the location

I got into my local one by ringing the branch direct and explaining the situation, they rang me with a cancellation one day last week.


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Hi mate I just sorted my eyes I had same issue. You can change the location on the voucher, so google boots around your area and try different ones. To change the voucher press the link on the text message and there’s a little change button next to the location

I got into my local one by ringing the branch direct and explaining the situation, they rang me with a cancellation one day last week.


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Thanks for the advice! I was going to try and do that this weekend. Glad its possible to do.

Have they given you a date yet when you can attest and start training?
 

Jonadame

Midshipman
No problem. I had my call with a triage nurse and my application is on hold until they get more information on my asthma as a child from the GP. Should be a few weeks then onto the PJFT!

Good luck with your application buddy


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