Media ops in the RMR

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  1. I'm a journalist thinking of becoming an officer in the Media Ops branch of the TA. However, I come from a naval family and would prefer to join the RMR to carry on that tradition.

    I know it's possible to specialise in the RMR as a Media Ops officer but how long would it take to accomplish this?

    Also, one advantage the TA has is that my local unit is a few minutes walk from my house wheras the RMR would take over an hour to drive to.

    I don't plan on being here forever so if I went for the TA and later tried to join the RMR would I have to start from the bottom again?
     
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    In short, Yes.

    All RMR Recruits join as Other Ranks & apply for Officer either after completing RMR Recruit Training (average 18-24 months) or at the earliest after completing RMR phase 1b training & passing OC's selection interview, POC & AIB.

    RM/RMR Officers usually complete at least one operational tour before volunteering & being recommended for a specialist trade. So at least 3 years served, if it is actually possible by this route.

    Whilst I've met RNR Media Ops officers, I've yet to have met or heard of an RMR one, so if they exist I'm guessing they're rare if they actually specialise solely in that role & can be deployed as such.

    Quite possibly RMR Media Operations Officers are more likely to be recruited from the ranks of ex-regular RM Officers who join the RMR & undergo a media course.
     
  3. Media Ops was certainly a specialisation for officers and, I believe SNCOs, in the RMR a few years back (5?).

    Maybe Moose might update us on the current position.
     
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I stand corrected on that one, cheers for the feedback.

    Was/is it a "stand alone" trade or just an additional qualification & wonder? ie: Did the guys deploy in this role full time or is it a trade which could be called upon as the need arises in theatre ?
     
  5. Whilst reading something about the CO of RMR Merseyside yesterday, I noticed the following:

    "Within the RMR he took on the new position of OC RMR Media Operations. Developing the role to provide a specialist niche capability for the regular Corps, his team conducted a number of deployments in support of 3 Commando Brigade to Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, the USA and Iraq."

    Link here:

    http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/royalma.../locations/rmr-merseyside/commanding-officer/
     
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Thanks Soleil - every day is a school day. :oops:
     
  7. I shouldn't worry NS, at the rate things change these days it's a wonder you can keep up ;)
     
  8. Confirming Media Ops is an RMR Officer specialisation

    the SQ is currently held by RMR Bristol. The SQ also has some slots for WOs.

    Connected to this SQ is INFO OPS and the two do have some xover.

    it is possible for RMR Officers from other units to attend / specialise in Media Ops / Info Ops

    hope this helps
     
  9. .....and sit amongst the group of "Non-Kinetic Effects" which are designed to support a mission without blowing stuff up and most of which can be followed within the RMR, or accessed from it.

    Others include PSYOPS (Used to be London, not sure now?), HUMINT (via an "outside agency")and CIMIC (Scotland and outside agency).

    There is considerable and increasing interest at the strategic level in NKEs as they reduce exposure to casualties, reduce collateral and / or look good on the news (new schools etc). They also some of the rather few jobs that can be done on ops by the SNCOs and Offrs.
     
  10. Cheers Moose, being out of the loop doesn't lend itself to giving advice to rely on...
     

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