An even more serious one to consider - when HMQ departs for pastures new, MOD will be bankrupt - it will cost a fortune for us all to be issued with new buttons, cap badges, rank slides etc.... The savings from your "R's" will go a long way to help - I believe it is 7p per exec curl.
While ratings apparently lost their RNR flashes on No 1s at the end of Jan (according to stores), I understand the decision to lose the Rs for Officers has been delayed because of opposition from the Lord High Admiral, as her father was the one who granted them.
Much of it was driven by 2SL and his pushing for 'One Navy'. On several occasions I heard him get vocal about attitudes which highlighted the 'separateness' of the RN and RNR.
As the RNR will come under Fleet shortly as an operational capability I can only think that this porcess will continue. Its been indicated that we'll move to a full time/part time Navy, with a natural movement between the 2 as peoples circumstances change.
Losing the 'R's is all part of this. Someone told me recently issued ID cards for RNR only say 'Royal Navy' on them.