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Interested in joining the RNR

tr313

Badgeman
well as some of you know I have recently applied to the join the navy full time as an Engineer (Information Systems) Officer, I was told that I need redo my GCSE exams because of lake of grades, before carrying on my application. the plan was to have all these done by January, but after speaking to the exam boards I do not think I will have time to compete 5 of them by then, so I was looking at joining the RNR now and then later once I have competed my GCSE applying for the full time navy,
is this allowied in the RNR? Also is there an RNR brunch that is comparable to the Engineer Information Systems brunch? And if so how difficult would this be to join?


thanks again guys
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
tr313 said:
well as some of you know I have recently applied to the join the navy full time as an Engineer (Information Systems) Officer, I was told that I need redo my GCSE exams because of lake of grades, before carrying on my application. the plan was to have all these done by January, but after speaking to the exam boards I do not think I will have time to compete 5 of them by then, so I was looking at joining the RNR now and then later once I have competed my GCSE applying for the full time navy,
is this allowied in the RNR? Also is there an RNR brunch that is comparable to the Engineer Information Systems brunch? And if so how difficult would this be to join?

In answer to the last question, then yes there is a comparable specialisation, its called CIS and has a complement of both officers and ratings. However, don't expect instant membership - if you join the RNR, you will need to undergo a period of initial new-entry training before you pass into the specialisation.

With respect to your GCSE situation, you'd need to check with your local AFCO, but I think that the GCSE requirements for RNR officer are the same as those for RN.

Good luck
 

brummiebloke

Midshipman
It certainly won't do you any harm in joining the RNR.
Give you a taste of things and ultimtely a "try before you buy" experience before you go full time RN.
 

tr313

Badgeman
letthecatoutofthebag said:
I'm a little confused. You say you are redoing GCSEs but to join as an E(IS) you need a computing related degree...

How old are you and are you applying for a bursary?

no, i have a computer networking degree, but i didnt do to well at school, turns out i have Dyslexia which i think was a big thing holding me back, but im past all that now, i just need to sort out the GCSEs before i can join
 

dunkers

War Hero
Also make sure your degree is accredited by some institution the RN recognises (I was told this by my ACLO).
 

tr313

Badgeman
dunkers said:
Also make sure your degree is accredited by some institution the RN recognises (I was told this by my ACLO).

they seemed to be ok with my degree, i got it from the university of Greenwich
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
tr313 said:
would anyone know what information i need to take with me if i wanted to join?

See your AFCO - they handle RNR as well as RN; they'll deal with your application and take responsibility for getting all the necessary paperwork filed in. But for further information on the RNR, including details of the Reserve Units, look here on the RN Web-site.
 

Dangermouse

Badgeman
Er? Just exactly which GCSEs are you re-doing?
I fail to see the logic in this part of the RN/RNR 'by the book' logic.
You have a degree, a higher qualification, so what relevance are GCSEs?
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
Dangermouse said:
Er? Just exactly which GCSEs are you re-doing?
I fail to see the logic in this part of the RN/RNR 'by the book' logic.
You have a degree, a higher qualification, so what relevance are GCSEs?

Irrespective of degree qualifications, the RN and the RNR require certain basic GCSEs, i.e. English and Maffs.
 

tr313

Badgeman
Dangermouse said:
So does a University i.e. the jobs already done, got a decent degree - no need to check!

i would agree, when i appied to uni and they ask about gcse's and i said i didnt have them they just made me sit a 30min exam to checck i was ok when it come to english and maths,
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
Dangermouse said:
So does a University i.e. the jobs already done, got a decent degree - no need to check!

tr313 said:
i would agree, when i appied to uni and they ask about gcse's and i said i didnt have them they just made me sit a 30min exam to checck i was ok when it come to english and maths,

Sorry both, I disagree here - a degree is not necessarily evidence of basic competence in English or Maths. When I enrolled for my first engineering degree back in 1981, I needed to provide an O-Level pass in English and A-Level at Maths; as a professional engineer, I've increasingly found that one of my most used skills is report writing - none of my degree course prepared me for this, however, my trusty O-Level English Language course gave me the basic tools of grammar and spelling.

Looking at the RN's specific requirements, the RN web-site states:

"Officers are the senior managers of the Royal Navy. You will need to have excellent leadership skills and the equivalent of at least 140 UCAS points and five GCSEs (A*-C)/ 5 Scottish Standard Grades (1-3)/ equivalent, including English and maths."
 

tr313

Badgeman
Your properly right on this one, anyway i have to do them anyway, that's life. Just really wanted to see people opinion on weather they think joining the RNR is a good move until I sort the GCSE's out?


FlagWagger said:
Dangermouse said:
So does a University i.e. the jobs already done, got a decent degree - no need to check!

tr313 said:
i would agree, when i appied to uni and they ask about gcse's and i said i didnt have them they just made me sit a 30min exam to checck i was ok when it come to english and maths,

Sorry both, I disagree here - a degree is not necessarily evidence of basic competence in English or Maths. When I enrolled for my first engineering degree back in 1981, I needed to provide an O-Level pass in English and A-Level at Maths; as a professional engineer, I've increasingly found that one of my most used skills is report writing - none of my degree course prepared me for this, however, my trusty O-Level English Language course gave me the basic tools of grammar and spelling.

Looking at the RN's specific requirements, the RN web-site states:

"Officers are the senior managers of the Royal Navy. You will need to have excellent leadership skills and the equivalent of at least 140 UCAS points and five GCSEs (A*-C)/ 5 Scottish Standard Grades (1-3)/ equivalent, including English and maths."
 

dunkers

War Hero
tr313 said:
Your properly right on this one, anyway i have to do them anyway, that's life. Just really wanted to see people opinion on weather they think joining the RNR is a good move until I sort the GCSE's out?

Absolutely; it certainly couldn't hurt.
 
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