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Ex Rn - RNR

oggys

Midshipman
Hi All!!

Just after a bit of info about the RNR. Been on the RN website and tried to get the PDF, but the links do not seem to work. (Am i suprised they dont work> no! LOL)

I was in the RN for around 4 years, CIS (1). Miss it a little and am looking for something to fill that gap to be honest! Im 31 now, left 2007, and think the RNR could be an option. Ive filled in my details on the site and should be getting a call back one day this week to start the ball rolling.

Just wanted to know a few things -

1 - Does my previous time count for anything, time served, good reports etc or will i start from scratch as a new civy through the door? ( not a problem either way)

2 - Can you progress through the ranks quickly if you put the graft and time in?

3 - Can you side entry into a branch once your in ? i.e Naval police / PTI Etc

4 - I really want to deploy (sad i know), is there a lot of chances to do this?

5 - In the RNR do you get an unlimited supply of pussers thick socks? as the bundle i left with is getting low!!:slow:

If anybody has any info please feel free to PM me and vice versa if anyone has loads of info and does not mind me sending them a PM let me know as im sure ill have loads of questions.

Cheers Shipmates!
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Hi Oggys,

Some good questions there. Firstly, the RN website is being updated, try this link - Royal Naval Reserve| Royal Navy
In answer to your questions:

"1 - Does my previous time count for anything, time served, good reports etc or will i start from scratch as a new civy through the door? ( not a problem either way)"

Depends on the unit you're joining and your experience. You may be asked to do some refresher training, just to get you back in it, but expect to go back in as an AB (assuming thats what you left as).

"Can you progress through the ranks quickly if you put the graft and time in?"
Yes, but promotion is dependent on what you're doing - some branches have lower manpower requirements than others, so promotion is very dependent on what you do, how many people do it, and how good the competition is! Realistically at 31 you'll be able to see out the next few years, which will be a bit odd as we've got a lot of older people leaving soon, so if you're in, you'll be well placed to get promoted in due course to fill some of the billets likely to emerge.

"Can you side entry into a branch once your in ? i.e Naval police / PTI Etc"
No to police / PTI (no RNR branch for them) but you can go Intelligence Branch and some other sub specialisations.

"4 - I really want to deploy (sad i know), is there a lot of chances to do this?"
Absolutely, but again it depends on what you do and where you want to go. HERRICK opportunities are there, but arguably starting to dry up a little as we look to draw down there. Still plenty of opportunities though (and still too many old farts out there who look down on people who deploy as they just don't understand why the RNR needs to be called up!)

"In the RNR do you get an unlimited supply of pussers thick socks? as the bundle i left with is getting low"
Yup :)
 

oggys

Midshipman
Hi,

Thanks for the quick reply!

Was thinking about returning full time, but dont think id be able to afford going back on the starting wage, with the house, car etc etc.

The Intelligence Branch sounds interesting, i would of loved to become a naval police officer (the reason i left the navy was to become a police officer). But somethings are not meant to be i guess.

I should be getting a call this week as i left my details on the website, if i dont hear anything do i call the local Armed forces career office or the local RNR station?

Great news about them socks!!
 
Oggys
the AFCO is the official route, but as your local unit will actually train you and "own" you, they will probably have a vested interest and are worth phoning. RN website will point you towards your nearest unit, and then call them asking for the Recruiting Officer. He/she will probably not be there as they are probably RNR, but you should be able to make contact.
good luck
 

oggys

Midshipman
Hi,
Ok thats great, thanks for the help. Just been on the website again, still down at mo, noticed on there that it states you can join the RN from the RNR. Out of interest lets say i get on well there,countinue with CIS, get my hooks, could i then transfer back into the RN as a L/H, surely not? Nice thought tho!

Quote from webstie -:
Q. Can I join the Royal Navy from the Royal Naval Reserve?
A. Yes you can. Many Reservists decide to join the Royal Navy fulltime. Depending on how far you have progressed through your training, it is possible to skip some of the Royal Navy initial training. But whatever the decision made, you can be sure that your RNR training will give you a good head-start.
 
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bikerman

War Hero
Hi,
Ok thats great, thanks for the help. Just been on the website again, still down at mo, noticed on there that it states you can join the RN from the RNR. Out of interest lets say i get on well there,countinue with CIS, get my hooks, could i then transfer back into the RN as a L/H, surely not? Nice thought tho!

Quote from webstie -:
Q. Can I join the Royal Navy from the Royal Naval Reserve?
A. Yes you can. Many Reservists decide to join the Royal Navy fulltime. Depending on how far you have progressed through your training, it is possible to skip some of the Royal Navy initial training. But whatever the decision made, you can be sure that your RNR training will give you a good head-start.



Bollocks I joined after being I the RNR you start form scratch again. It is just a little easier second time around.
 

broadside

War Hero
It's not always a "start from scratch" process if you join the RN from the RNR - more than likely drop a rank or rate on transfer (depending on specialisation) but should expect to move back up the tree fairly quickly if you have anything about you (my experience from some years ago) and I would expect that Operational Deployments over the past many moons will not have done that aspect of "career progression" any harm whatsoever for those who have been able to demonstrate appropriate skill sets.
 
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