GSSR Branch Badge

Hello all!

I'm new on here so sorry if this has been done before, but does anyone know when the GSSR branch is getting it's badge?? I've just joined the branch from new entry and getting ready to do my SPO course in the next few months!

Cheers shippers!


Lantern Swinger
Have a look at 'General Service Seaman (Reserve) and look for 'VESPER' his post of Mon Feb 27 2006 1:49pm



Lantern Swinger
They have been issued but i've noticed most people are still waering their old badges as there are no crowns or stars on them, or they can't sow !
ring ur 'SLOPS' they should have them.
Just a thought, but now that the navy has dropped the maintainer bit from OM, what’s wrong with a warfare badge with GSSR, AWNIS, NCAGS, SM Ops etc underneath it. At least then people would know roughly what area we worked in, even if the letters caused confusion. At least they could have put a 23 or even a 45 on it. Looks like its been drawn by "John, age 7"
Have you seen the GSSR badge - i'll keep my sparkers badge if you dont mind!

Rumour has it that they are changing the GSSR badge again soon anyway!!

regard Trehorn


Lantern Swinger
Informed badges arrived at my unit this week. Issue begins next week, but i'll be hanging onto my old one as long as poss.

The new badge sucks.


Lantern Swinger
No offence intended but due to some of my 'politically incorrect' remarks on here i'm not going to give myself away.

Fortunately only Able Rate badges are available at this point. Hopefully we'll have a delay of about ten years before they issue other variations so they can be avoided altogether.

Can anyone say who the muppet was who designed the thing? What were they thinking? haven't met anyone who thinks it's ok yet!
I totally agree,

As an ex RN senior rate,now RNR,I wouldn't embarrass my blue suit with that poor excuse for a badge.

bound to have been a bulk order from ebay china.

I have also heard that all badges will be changed soon, including removing the RNR prefix, in order to bring the RNR into line with the RN, means that we can
drafted at the drop of a hat i think!!.

Sandy bottoms

Quarterdeck PO
dt018a9667 said:
I know I’m old fashioned but what is wrong with the old badges, when you knew who was who and what branch.
Our Lords and Masters clearly wish to keep us chimps thoroughly confused.


Lantern Swinger
Apparently the badge that everyone is referring to as the GSSR badge is in fact the RNR badge and all rates will wear it when it is finally issued. The only reason that it has been held back is because they were all made without stars or crowns. There was a rumour going around sometime ago that the GSSR branch badge was going to be the old Boom Defence shackle with GSSR underneath it.
They (our glorious overlords in charge) seem to change things even when there's nothing wrong with it, I'm sorry but I was always told to leave things alone of they worked. Uniforms, badges, you could even go as to say the harrier had a few years left in her, o og back to why did we get rid of so many overseas posts...
Don't fix what's not broken! Especially badges, it saves confusion.
Am I right in thinking that GSSR isn't actually a 'branch' anyway?

I've been lead to believe that the branch it all comes under is 'Maritime Operations' and GSSR is just a sub branch of that.


Lantern Swinger
harry_threaders said:
Am I right in thinking that GSSR isn't actually a 'branch' anyway?

I've been lead to believe that the branch it all comes under is 'Maritime Operations' and GSSR is just a sub branch of that.
Yes, everything is a specialisation now. You can thank a late, lamented SO(T) for that.


Lantern Swinger
I have to say I am quite pleased to be called a 'specialist' (provided the RN acknowledges that fact) - it underpins one of the key tenets of the RNR - that we bring something 'additional' to the RN whether that be a skill set that the RN doesn't currently have in its' portfolio or skills and experience from civilian life or whatever.

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