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Is the RNR worth joining?

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Engineering branch is now live, but currently ex-regular or suitably qualified civvies only (e.g. I don't believe you can join unless you've got prior engineering experience). The RNR recruiting guide is less coherent than the Army Reserves, which is VERY good - but thats more because the AR spent a shedload of money and put a few FTRS contracts out and did a lot of filming to put theirs together. RNR could easily do a similar one if it wanted, but the cost is pretty high based on what the AR did so far.
 
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RabC

MIA
I thought long and hard about what I wrote but realised it wasn't in tune with today's thinking.
 
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digger84

War Hero
PT I have it on good authority the RNR Engineering branch is open to qualified engineers in industry with relevant quals.
 

Crabtree

Newbie
Reading Engineering at the moment, but I will have an MEng by the end of it. Not in industry at the moment therefore, but I figured it would be the best way to contribute. If the 2020 plan is to work, don't they need a substantial increase in the reserves to be on target? Again, its easier to find the Armys information on this, seems like taking a few pages from their media operations would be useful.
 
but does the RNR operate in the field, or is it like a few posts I've seen have a number of people in bases making work for each other? I've been lurking for a while, and my thanks to Ninja_Stoker and 2_deck_dash for perhaps unknowingly helping me get this far, but I get the feeling the RNR is stuck in a rut?

Hugely busy in the field. I've very nearly been mobilised twice in three years (without putting myself forwards either time; mobilised on 28 days notice the first time, shortlisted for mobilisation at 30 days notice the second time but someone else ultimately got pinged for it). People who do put themselves forwards have been know to go more frequently than that.

The RNR is very much not stuck in a rut; the pace of change is huge. I can't speak for all branches, but mine seems to be adapting and evolving to the changing needs of the RN/MOD almost on a yearly basis.

The days of the RNR being a training organisation rather than a doing organisation (which isn't quite the best way to word it, but hopefully carries the flavour) ended in the nineties. Assume that if you join, you will be mobilised; plan on being mobilised every five years and you won't be hugely wrong, but it could be more frequently than that.
 
Several posters are stuck in a rut, just like any organisation, you get some who take snags in their stride, adapt and overcome, some who fail at the first hurdle and bleat for evermore, and a very few who genuinely get kicked in the fork. Doesn't make it right, but it does make it just like life.

As I've said many a time, most posters on RR are polarised for or against, but for a real and honest view of the RNR, get down to the unit you (hope) that you will be attending for the next 20 years.
They will be the views that count.

Good luck
 

gen dit

Newbie
SDB0509
If you were in and were unable to commit but now want to go around the buoy again, then you have answered half of your own question - there must be something you were getting (or thought you were getting).
Some of the people that drip on sites like this just like to drip. You don't usually get those that think everything is good making the positive comments.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that a training night cannot be all things to all people, some form of training will happen, the majority of this will be usefull stuff, dependant on which unit you join. If you only did three weeks, everything you do is valuable and will build you in confidence, this will ramp up but the more exciting stuff happens at weekends and on confirmation course.
There are many benifits from being in the RNR - from personal development to learning new skills, from making new friends to visiting new places.
Yes it does take a bit of commitment, but in my opinion all of my time commited has reaped no end of rewards.
I hope you decide to join again and that it all goes smoothly. Just remember that if your circumstances change, keep your unit informed!
 

SDB0509

Midshipman
Hi gen dit thanks for your post. Since I started this post off a couple of months ago I have reattested with the RNR, which took place a couple of weeks ago. My reasons for leaving after so little time ultimately boiled down to work commitments and unforseen circumstances (which I won't bore anyone with the details of). I do want to make a good go of it and the reasons I have for wanting to go around the buoy again boils down to the fact that I really do want to gain valuable skills which I can carry forward into my career. I'm not a very confident guy and my hope is that the RNR can help to build that confidence. I just hope that I can maintain a 'can do' attitude instead of letting self doubt creep in, which did begin to happen last time.

The situation is all new to me once again, going into a strange environment with loads of people I don't know but I'm sure its one of those things that gets much easier in time (just boils down to lacking confidence). My plan is to give it at least 6 months in which time I can get a few weekends under my belt and see if the RNR really is for me or not so at least I can say that I have really given it a true chance.

As for my circumstances, as don't see any reason why I can't make a decent commitment. 24 days a year is nothing really and I reckon it is definitely do-able and yet still have time for family, work and free time.

Once again, thanks for your comment.
 
SDBD,
great news, you have got on the bus. As you day you can bang out, but at least you are giving it a crack. Could well be the best thing you've done this year. Which unit?
 
Well done, cracking unit. You should enjoy it, and if you don't then you can always leave, but you can't leave unless you've joined.

Welcome to the team.
 

Astraeus

Badgeman
No use in me starting a new thread for this specific question but, having now progressed through the sift interview, I am going to need to give my employer the 'hard sell' as to why they should support me.

I interviewed for the job I am now in only in November last year and was told my confidence, people skills and strategy were key attributes in getting the job. Those are three skills the RNR would instill in me which, according to my present employer, I already have. On that basis, I'm running out of options for how I can promote it to my employer and would be grateful for any input. First aid, management courses and so on aren't going to hold much sway in my line of work...
 

Astraeus

Badgeman
I guess my question to Reserves is what skills, attributes or personal development have you achieved through the RNR?
 
ATG
as you are over 35, and clearly have had no direct service with the Reserves, you are unaware of the huge issues facing units when trying to find drivers to drive personnel in mini-buses. The "youf" of today have to pass an extra test to qualify them to drive a minibus.
All units are now authorized to train at least 2 personnel per FY and get them through their test.
Apart from helping the Units, the additional (and paid) qualification is something that some people may value.

When you have something useful and relevant to say, let's all hear it, 'till then, take a day off for once and don't be an idiot all your life.
 

CmdKeen

Lantern Swinger
Astraeus have you had a look at the SaBRE website? They engage with reservist's employers and may either have good answers for you, or be able to speak to your employer on your behalf.

I've no idea if the SaBRE reps in your area are any good, and perhaps someone on here might be able to guide you on that.
 
ATG
as you are over 35, and clearly have had no direct service with the Reserves, you are unaware of the huge issues facing units when trying to find drivers to drive personnel in mini-buses. The "youf" of today have to pass an extra test to qualify them to drive a minibus.
All units are now authorized to train at least 2 personnel per FY and get them through their test.
Apart from helping the Units, the additional (and paid) qualification is something that some people may value.

When you have something useful and relevant to say, let's all hear it, 'till then, take a day off for once and don't be an idiot all your life.

I'm under 35; don't let assumption hit you on the way out.
 
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