Is the RNR worth joining?

Discussion in 'Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)' started by SDB0509, Nov 19, 2014.

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  1. Back again. I'm beginning to wonder whether it is actually worth joining the RNR. I had developed an interest in the intelligence corps so I'm unsure. The vibe I'm picking up as I looked through various threads on here has been rather negative of the RNR (lack of organisation, taking a long time to issue kit, long waiting list times for training, very limited promotion prospects etc) Has made me genuinely wonder whether this would be the best option for me.

    I have always been attracted to the navy but from my very brief service in the RNR I saw very little evidence of what the actually did in unit. The only reason I'd be interested in joining would be to develop myself all round. If this is something not likely to happen in th RNR I think I may cut my losses.

    Does anyone provide any insight into this for me?
  2. You could do worse than actually going along to your local unit and ask them these questions. Not sure how random people on a forum can answer if it'll 'develop you all round'.

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  3. What do you mean by that?

    Develop myself all round means increasing self confidence, transforming yourself mentally and building up new skills which you can use in your career.
  4. You can't expect people to know if it's the right choice for you, the only way you'll know is by going along to your local unit and asking them these questions and seeing if you enjoy it.
  5. I know people don't have a clue who I am or know me personally ao obviously Im not expecting people to know.

    I thought it might be useful to start up a dialogue weighing up which of the 2 forces I have previously mentioned would be the better option.
  6. Did you know the RNR has an intelligence specialisation? It's not something that you can really find out about on the internet but people at your unit may be able to help.
  7. SD
    You will not really get a balanced view until you front up and chat to your future shipmates. I know of at least one unit that would have you down tomorrow and give you a full brief etc, and as soon as (if you went down) the PR route you'd be in unit, getting paid, every week, plus a few weekends at sea etc, that would certainly give you a taste.

    Good luck (and don't believe everything you see on here)
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  8. I am confused.

    According to this, you appear to be attempting to re-join the RNR already, as of Friday:

    Previously, in Jan 2014, you posted this:

    Indeed, in your post here, you said:

    So, if you have already been in the RNR why ask this question now if you already have experience of it??

    Also, you make reference to "2 services" in your post now, but there was never reference to another service in this or the other posts - so which service are you referring to?

    What I am not sure of is why you are not asking this in the previous posts and felt compelled to start another one. Just curious really.
  9. Yes I am attempting to rejoin the RNR, at least I have submitted my application but waiting to have it officially restarted.

    I only ever attended 3 training nights before I resigned earlier this year due to problems with work (the story would take too long to write out). I wasn't around very long and I feel my knowledge is limited. Now I'm in a better position to reapply so I did.

    I posted this after I read through a few posts on here and a large number of members seem disgruntled with the RNR. So I decided to ask what others thought.

    By "2 services" I meant the RNR and the intelligence corps (army reserve) which i mentioned in the initial post.
  10. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    I suggest you don't actually say that to any RNR serviceperson. They'll make the decision for you if you do.
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  11. Why? What exactly is so horrible in what I've said?

    And how exactly can they make the decision for me?
  12. For what it's worth, I've worked with Int Corps reservists and they seemed very motivated, and from what I can tell happy with their lot.

    The general consensus in here seems to be that the TA/Army Reserve are better at administering their recruits and getting them equipped, engaged, trained and deployed than the RNR.
  13. Thanks I appeciate your opinion
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  14. I don't think the figures quite stack up that the Army Reserves are better at administering and equipping (etc) their people, as in the last 12 months they have only increased their total numbers by ........ 10........ The RNR has done considerably better!
  15. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    If you were interviewing a potential employee and they asked you if it was worth their time working for you, because they've heard your company is a bit rubbish, and they were considering working for your rival as well, what would you do?
  16. But this is a chat forum, not an interview! asked what I asked due to the high number of negative reviews people had of the RNR, from people who seem to have had more experience of it than I have.
  17. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    Fair one. It came across as a minor slagging. I stand corrected if it wasn't meant as such.

    It all depends on what you are looking for out of your spare time. If you are after something action-centred (i.e. getting cammed up and rained on during your weekends) then you're probably better off looking at the Army Reserve as you'll get more of that there. That said, if you are looking at Int, that is a bit like the Medical world as it is a little more joined-up and tri-service. RNR Int people have the opportunity to do some fun stuff as well.

    Frustrations about how rubbish the RNR is are only assessed by having a good, long, hard look at it yourself, and comparing it to the Army Reserve and the RAF Reserve. I went from the RNR to to the regular RN only to realise that it was as chaotic, but with much higher levels of bitterness and apathy in some quarters.

    A worthwhile RNR career depends on how much time you give to it, what opportunities you can spot, and how hard you push to get them.
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  18. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    The question you're asking is "what can the RNR do for me?"... the question the RNR should be asking is "what can this person do for the RNR?" - you will only be able to get something out if you're prepared to invest yourself. During 20+ years in the RNR, I received invaluable experience and training that carried over to the civvy workplace. In order to do this I had to commit time and effort and be prepared to put up with hurdles on the way. I left the RNR in 2007 and am now serving with the Cadet Instructor Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces - I'm still learning and still gaining experience, but once again, there's a price to pay called commitment. If you're prepared to invest your time and energy, you will be rewarded.... if you continue to dither and to allow others to make your decisions for you, you'll miss out. Perhaps it's time to change my user name to GrumpyOldFart!

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  19. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    Ditto above. Compared to a civvy employer or pastime, the military can appear to be 90% or higher rubbish. The thing is, the remaining 10% or less is pure magic, that cannot be gotten anywhere else for love nor money. That is why so many otherwise normal people join up. You get to do things which civvies can only read about.
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  20. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    "You get to do things which civvies can only read about."

    Like screaming with frustration at coping with JPA!
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