Is it possible to get a trade in the reserves?

As the title says, I’ve recently looked at the RN for a part time career but I’m a bit confused as to what I can join and if it would be possible to get a trade out of it? What job roles could give me any qualifications? I don’t mind staying in long as I want to make a career of it part-time.
 

Chris P

War Hero
Bit of a contradiction in terms there, you want a qualification out of it but not committed to full time, what are you going to do for the other part time?
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Thanks for pinging me.

@ClaudeDeForbin
In the short the answer is no. In the regular service the time taken to qualify as, say, and engineer are simply unachievable on an annual budget of twenty-four days training per year.

Having said that the RNR have now been directed to focus on providing JR for sea-going duties, so there is an upsurge in related training. All the coastal units have been issued (or in the process of being issued) two rigid inflatables to push forward the basic seamanship skills that we have lacked for two decades, since MCM 10 was scrapped.

Once afloat, bridge watchkeeping, especially in the OPV's, RAS. PAC 24 crewing and so forth will all be taught. So, not a trade that you can take away, as such.

The RNR will look to train in leadership, first aid and so on - all of which they "sell" as benefits to civilian employers. All these are seen as free benefits to your life outside the RN/RNR but again, not a "trade" in the manner to which you probably aspire.

@WreckerL Could this be moved to the RNR forum, please?
 
Thanks for pinging me.

@ClaudeDeForbin
In the short the answer is no. In the regular service the time taken to qualify as, say, and engineer are simply unachievable on an annual budget of twenty-four days training per year.

Having said that the RNR have now been directed to focus on providing JR for sea-going duties, so there is an upsurge in related training. All the coastal units have been issued (or in the process of being issued) two rigid inflatables to push forward the basic seamanship skills that we have lacked for two decades, since MCM 10 was scrapped.

Once afloat, bridge watchkeeping, especially in the OPV's, RAS. PAC 24 crewing and so forth will all be taught. So, not a trade that you can take away, as such.

The RNR will look to train in leadership, first aid and so on - all of which they "sell" as benefits to civilian employers. All these are seen as free benefits to your life outside the RN/RNR but again, not a "trade" in the manner to which you probably aspire.

@WreckerL Could this be moved to the RNR forum, please?
Thanks for the reply, I have been considering a full time role but I have a decent job and was wondering what the opportunities were in the reserves. I’m also a little bit older than most candidates and with a family so thought that RNR might suit me more.

Does RNR give any transferable civi quals then? The soft skills are great but I’m just weighing up all of the pros and cons now.
 
Yeah like @Branch-Hopper mentioned, the RNR is moving to a sailor first initiative where all JR's are automatically being assigned into the Seaman Specialist branch to learn all basic seamanship principles. The RN wants enough sailors to be deployable on the OPV's or RFA ships while focusing the main RN on other objectives.

The RNR is still a good opportunity to get sea time and they're very accommodating of family life if that is something you're worried about.

I do believe once you have been in the said branch for around 3 years you may be able to transfer to one of the 5 other branches currently available to JR's such as logistics, MTO, Cyber, etc..
 
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