Discussion in 'Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)' started by diver_dan, May 28, 2007.

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  1. Had a chat with an admiral who told me the gssr branch was going back to its roots ie seamen specs,and that is what our new branch badge is going to be.We would still do mainly spo,any body no any more details :rambo:
  2. Gawd! Just what we need. Another rumour spread about by brass who should know better. It's only this week that we were told GSSR was looking to start a diver sub branch. I'll guarantee if you talk to another admiral you'll get a totally different idea from the rumour mill.

    Believe it when you see it.
  3. Have also heard the one about a diver specialisation opening up, that one's gen, they are calling for volunteers.
    However making GSSR more like Seaman Spec (and I'll believe it when I see it) would make way too much sense, I mean, reserve seamen trained in the same branch as their regular counterparts? What an outbreak of common sense that would be. It will therefore never happen.
  4. It's also worth noting that it was always the intention that Seamanship be an integral part of the GSSR role, including skills which everyone should know anyway - but anyone thinking the specialisation is going to come back as an RNR branch has got a very long wait.
  5. as you can guess by the name i'm a diver and i asked the admiral about the divers role in GSSR he said because of the HSE it was not going to happen up till then we where looking for 48 :nemo:
  6. I have also heard from my unit that there is going to be a divers sub-branch within GSSR, called the "ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE UNDERWATER FORCE PROTECTION BRANCH". Ive seen paperwork and they are looking for volunteers, There is only one problem for the budding bubblehead, there is a minimum qualification which is a PADI or a BSAC qualification.

    Just another tit bit for yous.
  7. When I first heard the XO of my unit say "Underwater Force Protection" I actually thought it was a joke... a bit like underwater basket weaving. It then dawned on me that it was serious :smurf:
  8. Just goes to show the mis-information that goes around. The moral is - don't believe anything until you've seen it on an official memo, but even then, it's best not to believe it until you're actually experiencing it. :roll:

    I'm a PADI and BSAC qualified diver too, but since any GSSR usage will probably be to look for flashing red lights and associated wires on the hull of the ship you're on, I think I might give the sub-spec a miss. :angel10:
  9. No need to train your own people, just tell them what you want and they'll pay for it themselves. A brilliant money-saving wheeze. Can't be long before the TA are advised that they need to be weapons trained before joining!
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    'tis all true regarding RNR divers, along the lines of Ship's Divers, not CD's, but it's all at the "draft stage", so wait until it's actually in print before you take the plunge. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

    It may never happen.
  11. I told this dit months ago, it's on here somewhere.

    They are definitely looking for divers for underwater force protection. What that entails I don't know, it could be checking ships' hulls, it could be going at enemy frogmen with spear guns for all I bleeding know.

    I was told this: to qualify you need to be ex-navy/military diver; or a highly qualified civilian diver (i.e Oil rig diver); or an excellent sports diver, minimum of PADI instructor.

    The Mob won't train you to be a diver, you've got to be one already.

    There is also opportunities for officers and SR's as well as JR's I was told.
  12. the diving branch is going to be formed but you have to be fit able to run 1.5 ml in 10.5 no matter what age man or woman :wav:
  13. You mean the ships divers we no longer train..................
  14. I latest dit is that GSSR branch is being renamed to ships protection branch
  15. Nope "Above Water Force Protection"

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