Irish in the Royal Navy


I am 21 years old and am currently in the Irish Navy. I have been in it almost 3 years, but its just not great at all and with so many people leaving the place is going down the drain . Once back from my deployment I am thinking about leaving and joining the Royal Navy. I was wondering are there many Irish in the RN? Also during training would the instructors know you served before?



War Hero
As long as you meet the entry requirements no problem, they let the Scottish and welsh in, ever the odd scouser, when short handed.
That’s good to hear about there being a good few Irish in the RN.

We recently did a cross poll with HMS Echo and all there crew seemed lively and happy with the navy whilst on our ships it’s a different story!

I just think that the RN offfers far more opportunities as it’s a much larger navy. Maybe that’s not the case, but I think when I get back I’ll pop into Belfast AFCO.


War Hero
There were until recently, maybe still are, INS recruiting adverts in the nautical press. IIRC, they were aimed at STCW class 2 and class 1 engineer officers under 35.

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