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ComMarRes (Keep R talk to here)

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When I got mob'd I havd to have a RN ID Card - the best bit was they forgot to swap it back when I demobbed. After promotion, the replacement was RN too. Cost saving measure, me thinks :)
 
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But as I understand it the new branch badge is RNR only and not role specific. So we can be identified as RNR but people wont know what our skills are.
 
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BeerBad said:
But as I understand it the new branch badge is RNR only and not role specific. So we can be identified as RNR but people wont know what our skills are.

Is that the new Maritime Ops one, that seems to cover half the specialisations in the RNR?

Funnily enough, all the ABs on my last exercise (not Op) were issued RN tabs to replace their RNR ones.
 
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I haven't heard of that happening before PT but is certainly an interesting step forward. I have been told by someone who probably knows, that we are the only reserve force in NATO so visibly different from our FT colleauges.
 
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Reservist-Monkey said:
I haven't heard of that happening before PT but is certainly an interesting step forward. I have been told by someone who probably knows, that we are the only reserve force in NATO so visibly different from our FT colleauges.

We're quite unusual amongst European NATO forces in having Reserve forces that recruit directly from the civilian population, as well as from ex-regulars.
 
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COMMARRES made an official visit to CAROLINE on Thursday 2nd Feb, one week after taking post. Bit harsh to criticise lack of visibility after only two weeks. How often did we see various DNRES's. Given that the TLB merger doesn’t happen until April 1st, we are ahead of the curve.

As for the "R" etc. Suggest we donate £1 to charity for every dit we hear-world hunger would be eliminated overnight. The cynic in me thinks the RN is not that comfortable with not being able to tell the difference between RN and RNR officers, hence the stalling.
 
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PartTimer said:
BeerBad said:
But as I understand it the new branch badge is RNR only and not role specific. So we can be identified as RNR but people wont know what our skills are.

Is that the new Maritime Ops one, that seems to cover half the specialisations in the RNR?

Funnily enough, all the ABs on my last exercise (not Op) were issued RN tabs to replace their RNR ones.

I'm CS(R) and as far as I can tell I get the same branch badge as GSSR.
 
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GCYZ said:
COMMARRES made an official visit to CAROLINE on Thursday 2nd Feb, one week after taking post. Bit harsh to criticise lack of visibility after only two weeks. How often did we see various DNRES's. Given that the TLB merger doesn’t happen until April 1st, we are ahead of the curve.

Granted :) . He's coming to a major south coast unit in a couple of weeks so should be interesting to here what he has to say.

GCYZ said:
As for the "R" etc. Suggest we donate £1 to charity for every dit we hear-world hunger would be eliminated overnight. The cynic in me thinks the RN is not that comfortable with not being able to tell the difference between RN and RNR officers, hence the stalling.

I know where you're coming from. So many other important issues, eg loss of MSAs, Comms branch gone then returns, recruitment and retention problems etc and here we are talking about 'R's in the curls (and RNR flashes). I suppose its an issue of identity, and a common conversation starter across all branches.

As we've seen on Telic though, Officers and Ratings lose their Reserve identity already, and its increasingly happening on Exercises where Reservists are recalled.
 
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I see the R's as an unwelcome distraction. We lose them when we are mobilised, so what's the big deal? Get rid of the R's and you get rid of the RNR's visibility within the Fleet. Why turn ourselves into the invisible service?

If I had my way there would be more distinguishing features on rank slides, not less. I wouldn't necessarily bring back all the various colours of distinction lace, but certainly nursing officers should be easily identifiable from their rank slides, just as docs are. And I think wings and dolphins should be worn in working dress.
 
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When I transferred back into RN, I had to resit Fleetboard because RNR is not equivilent to RN. I can work in fleet for 2 yrs doing a staff job but am not qualified to go to sea as a regular.
 
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What is the current situation with Branch badges? As a Navy Brat, I thought I knew them all. However, alot of the regular ones have changed lately and the RNR has started new specialisations as well as the usual non RN ones. I do find it terribly confusing.

Incidently my late father was on a programme that looked into resurecting the RNR MEM branch many years ago, the decision was made that it couldnt be done. Years later he was on the staff of 2SL when there was talk of dropping the "R". Seems like these things go round in circles.

Also for what its worth, the RMR dropped the "R" and hasnt suffered anything from it!
 
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hammockhead said:
I see the R's as an unwelcome distraction. We lose them when we are mobilised, so what's the big deal? Get rid of the R's and you get rid of the RNR's visibility within the Fleet. Why turn ourselves into the invisible service?
hammockhead said:
The issue is not visibility, it is how we are judged. Too often judgements are made simply because of what we have on our shoulders, it will soon become known we are reservists anyway, judges us on the job we are doing, not pre-conceived ideas.. There is also the issue of dual standards. In our day to day roles Leading hands and Senior Rates have no distinguishing marks and no-one seems to have an issue with it.
 
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I do a lot of my exercises in CS95's and don't have the R in my epaulettes. The last exercise I did, it wasn't until I asked for my report to be written that the senior guy I was working for realised I was RNR and was pleasently surprised.

I'd suggest we ditch them ASAP.
 
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It is said that Gieves have a letter from "1SL's office" telling them not to put Rs in the curls of any new uniforms. As for as the Old King, I understand that it was his wish that all officers have straight lace. It was only on the reccomendation of their lordships that he agreed to the R so there was still some distinction.
 
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During a visit to a unit in Nov 05, 2SL announced that as a streamlining measure all RNR would get RN ID cards, thus reducing paperwork/admin by only having one ID card. Obviously this is happening. He didn't say if they all would be changed. So presumably,unless you get promoted, you will keep the RNR card.
 

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