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Questions about joining

Back in 2016 I applied for the Royal Navy and passed the psychometric exams and interviews but failed the eye test. My career in another line of work has recently ended and I'm employed again elsewhere but not feeling fulfilled.

I had considered the Royal Navy again but due to various issues such as not wanting to be separate again from my wife (after being 3 years long distance) since we're now both living in the UK, I am considering the Royal Navy Reserves.

I want to get some answers from those who have served and hear their opinions. Travelling is not necessarily an issue although I don't know how problematic it would be because of my wife's visa if we lived abroad.

  1. Is the eye test any different for the Reserves as opposed to the full-time position? I'm guessing it isn't so laser eye surgery is probably needed for me. When I took the eye test in 2016 they had to do a test with and without out my lenses (uncorrected) and it was my -6.6 in both eyes without lenses - has this changed, do I still need to do an unaided eye test?
  2. How often do you travel away from home and has it caused issues in your personal life such as other work or relationships?
  3. How have you balanced your normal working life with your role in the Royal Navy Reserves?
Hope somebody can be of help. Thanks.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Evening.
Lots to consider there.

1. As far as I am aware the medical standard are the same. I really don't know enough to answer the eyesight question; ideally a medical bod will be along in a while to answer for you @photface perhaps.

2/3. I'll take together. during initial training you will be away a few weekends, and then a two week period for your confirmation course. There are options to do all of the phase one stuff in one hit, but I suspect, being employed, that will not be an option.

Once qualified you should plan to be on course or exercise for at least a fortnight every year. You will have some control over which period, but not much, this will depend on which branch you are in, and what they require of you in each training year.

As to balancing the 24 days (12 on course, 12 divided between drill nights and weekends) this is for each individual to manage. After all the average bod working a Dolly Parton will have different management issues to a shift worker on, say, a four day rotating pattern. A seasonal worker may be able to plug the bulk of his/her training in a period that might otherwise be non-earning. All of that's for you to sort with your boss.

Some employers will give an extra leave allowance, some paid, some unpaid, to create the flexibility. Many don't and you will have to be prepared to sacrifice some of your leave allowance.

There are as many answers to this as there are people in (all four) reserves, but I hope that helps, at least initially.
 
Evening.
Lots to consider there.

1. As far as I am aware the medical standard are the same. I really don't know enough to answer the eyesight question; ideally a medical bod will be along in a while to answer for you @photface perhaps.

2/3. I'll take together. during initial training you will be away a few weekends, and then a two week period for your confirmation course. There are options to do all of the phase one stuff in one hit, but I suspect, being employed, that will not be an option.

Once qualified you should plan to be on course or exercise for at least a fortnight every year. You will have some control over which period, but not much, this will depend on which branch you are in, and what they require of you in each training year.

As to balancing the 24 days (12 on course, 12 divided between drill nights and weekends) this is for each individual to manage. After all the average bod working a Dolly Parton will have different management issues to a shift worker on, say, a four day rotating pattern. A seasonal worker may be able to plug the bulk of his/her training in a period that might otherwise be non-earning. All of that's for you to sort with your boss.

Some employers will give an extra leave allowance, some paid, some unpaid, to create the flexibility. Many don't and you will have to be prepared to sacrifice some of your leave allowance.

There are as many answers to this as there are people in (all four) reserves, but I hope that helps, at least initially.

This is a very informative answer, thank you very much. If the medical is the same I am likely going to need laser eye surgery and wait the 12 months.

Once qualified you should plan to be on course or exercise for at least a fortnight every year. You will have some control over which period, but not much, this will depend on which branch you are in, and what they require of you in each training year.

Do you mean after initial training and I'm fully qualified, I could expect to be away from home for just two weeks out of the entire year? This is a lot less than what I was expected but would be ideal, if I understand correctly.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Do you mean after initial training and I'm fully qualified, I could expect to be away from home for just two weeks out of the entire year?
Unless mobilised, yes.
However be aware that the training pipeline is being modified, and that most new bods should anticipate a mobilisation to sea (probably OPV's) within the first few years of joining.

It used to be that mobilisation would only occur for the outbreak of WW3. Many are currently mobilised for the outbreak of Wave 3.*

Any more detail you best move to PM.

*I'm quite pleased with that one.
 

photface

Lantern Swinger
Back in 2016 I applied for the Royal Navy and passed the psychometric exams and interviews but failed the eye test. My career in another line of work has recently ended and I'm employed again elsewhere but not feeling fulfilled.

I had considered the Royal Navy again but due to various issues such as not wanting to be separate again from my wife (after being 3 years long distance) since we're now both living in the UK, I am considering the Royal Navy Reserves.

I want to get some answers from those who have served and hear their opinions. Travelling is not necessarily an issue although I don't know how problematic it would be because of my wife's visa if we lived abroad.

  1. Is the eye test any different for the Reserves as opposed to the full-time position? I'm guessing it isn't so laser eye surgery is probably needed for me. When I took the eye test in 2016 they had to do a test with and without out my lenses (uncorrected) and it was my -6.6 in both eyes without lenses - has this changed, do I still need to do an unaided eye test?
  2. How often do you travel away from home and has it caused issues in your personal life such as other work or relationships?
  3. How have you balanced your normal working life with your role in the Royal Navy Reserves?
Hope somebody can be of help. Thanks.

Good Evening,

It’s great that you’re considering a career in the RNR.

In answer to your question, the medical standards are the same across the board for RN and RNR and can be found in JSP 950 leaflet 6-7-7 (link below). This should give you all the information you require to make the decision regarding your eyesight.

I wish you good luck in your quest and hope you can attain the standard!

-R



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Good Evening,

It’s great that you’re considering a career in the RNR.

In answer to your question, the medical standards are the same across the board for RN and RNR and can be found in JSP 950 leaflet 6-7-7 (link below). This should give you all the information you require to make the decision regarding your eyesight.

I wish you good luck in your quest and hope you can attain the standard!

-R



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Thank you very much! I am going to need laser eye surgery to achieve the standard plus it gives me a lot of time to consider which role is right for me and where I can best use my skills.

All the best.
 
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