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Force Protection

Sierra_Hotel

Midshipman
Hey,
I'm looking at going to university at Bath or Bristol, and have noticed there is a force protection RNR unit, HMS Flying Fox, nearby. Would anyone be able to tell me what it envolves? I am looking at doing something additional to Officer Training Corps/University Air Squadron.
Thanks
Sam
 

Brains

Lantern Swinger
Sam, there is an RNR Unit, but in general Units are not linked to particular specialisations. I'm not sure where you got the 'force protection' bit from, but there are opportunities to specialise in a number of areas on completion of initial training.

You will not, however, be able to join the RNR in addition to the OTC/URNU/UAS as membership of the student organisations is (with limited status) as a reservist. It's one or the other. There's a lot to be said for either approach. You could get your foot on the ladder earlier by joining a 'full' reserve unit, but you could also get a good forces grounding combined with good student socials through any of the student organisations.

I'd start by putting some thought into which of the 3 services attracts you most as you don't seem to have any preference at the moment.
 

dunkers

War Hero
Before I went to uni I asked the Forces Careers Office whether I should continue in the RNR or leave and join the OTC (as has been said, you can't do both). I was told to remain in the RNR as this is the most useful experience for an RN career.
 

Sierra_Hotel

Midshipman
Thanks. That makes sense. I do actually know a guy who was a TA private and an officer cadet at the same time, and now has a TA commision. Thats partly why i was unsure. Even though i'm looking at Fleet Air Arm I probably won't do the OTC/UAS.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
Sierra_Hotel said:
Thanks. That makes sense. I do actually know a guy who was a TA private and an officer cadet at the same time, and now has a TA commision. Thats partly why i was unsure. Even though i'm looking at Fleet Air Arm I probably won't do the OTC/UAS.

From my own personal experience (albeit 20+ years ago) I avoided organisations such as the OTC and UAS (there wasn't an URNU at Birmingham back in the dark days of the early 1980s) and joined the RNR. My reasoning was simple, the RNR gave me a life off-campus, while both the OTC and UAS would have still been largely student organisations. I found the student/university life extremely insular, and the opportunity to mix with real people in the RNR was invaluable in preservation of my sanity (although as anyone who knows me will doubtless testify, I have since taken leave of it!).
 
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