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Making the move from RNR to RN

I have met a number of people, currently serving RN who originally joined as RNR. Also a number of my RNR new entry class from 3 years ago have gone in full time.

A number of RN wannabees either use the RNR to try out life in the Navy or are directed to do so by the AFCOs if they think that they are not quite ready for the RN.

What are other experiences of this, good and bad? There has been some debate in other threads about cost versus value and disruption of the RNR of this happening.

Also is there anyone who has made the transition and their experienced would be welcome.
Do it. I did 8 years ago and haven't looked back. The RNR is fine, however there is only so much you can take from people always saying "we're mmore professional than the RN because we have full time jobs as well"

It used to make me sick. Nothing can replace the professionalism of full time training and experience.

However there is one caveat on all of that: If you aren't used to long periods away then seriously think about what you are doing. Up to 2.5 years in a single appointment can be very wearing. When you are in the RNR any sea time you do is your choice and therefore psychologically you know that you only have a finite time before returning back to civvy street. However being sent where you don't want to go for 2 years is a pisser and would screw up whatever home life you have.

Also you choose where you go, missing things like BOST etc etc.

I'm guessing from your nickname that you are 35? I would say that that is too old to jump across unless you are an INT spec or Media or some other funky specialisation.

Anyway food for thought. I'm sure that other people will say differently.
Hi there - interesting thread - shame there aren't more replies.

Just curious to know what the age limit would be if you were to transfer from RNR to fulltime RN?

Actually you don't "transfer", you leave the RNR and join the RN (but this may change soon). I understand the maximum entry age for the RN is now 37.
According to a friend who is trying to do this at the moment, there is no mechanism in place. He's been in for a long time and has been told that he has to go back to doing AIB again and BRNC all over, and no account is taken of prior service. Whilst there is a strong argument for young SLT's to do the BRNC course, I think slighlty older individuals should be allowed in, but placed on the Upper Yardy or 'vicars & tarts' short course, before commencing professional training.
Jim30 said:
I think slighlty older individuals should be allowed in, but placed on the Upper Yardy or 'vicars & tarts' short course, before commencing professional training.

This sort of thing does happen, but it very much depends on the experience of the person concerned. They tend to have done some FTRS for a few years first and are known to the RNCMs already.
My mate has several years FTRS and a lot of wider experience. RN still told him to get stuffed as the BR's don't allow for it. Bottom line is that until 2SL sorts this out, it will remain an area open to misinterpretation.
I have no problem with people leaving the RNR as a kind of "try before you buy" thing.

In a way it kind of shows you that you're doing something right if you have given them the adea that they want to choose that as their career path.

Also, if the RN are recieving a decent percentage of recruits from the RNR then its yet another way to justify our existance.

We seem to recruit people who then either move units or join the RN so our numbers, while increasing, do not tend to increase at the rate you would expect.
It's my understanding that the drop out rate for those who join the RN from the RNR is very low compared with those who join straight off the street. Looks like the 'Try before you buy' approach works a treat.
dunkers said:
Reservist-Monkey said:
dunkers said:
Totally agree Jim, I hear that soon an RNR AIB pass will also be valid for entry to the regular RN.

Already is, and has been for some time, but there is a time limit on it hence the need to resit.

Any idea what this time limit is?

I believe that's it's 12 months officially but depending on the pass and what you've done they can be flexible. Give the AIB a call, they can be helpful.

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