Dear all First time poster here. I have been passively thinking about joining the Reserve Forces, and specifically the RNR, for at least 5 years. I want to do something about it now and I'd like to get as many details as possible so that I don't waste time when it comes to the formal process. Background: 27 years old. My day job requires me to be numerical and analytical (dealing with large volumes of data), looking at patterns and devising strategies for clients to adopt. So lots of modelling, presentations and reports etc. I realise that’s a bit vague, but people’s eyes generally roll back when I tell them my job title! From the homework I’ve been doing on this site, the RN website (which btw contains less information on the Reserves than it used to a few years ago) and other web forums, I think I’d be a good fit for CIS, perhaps Intelligence. Although Submarine Operations also interests me. I’d be looking to eventually go for commission and with adequate preparation I think I’d pass the required tests (I passed OASC at RAF Cranwell in 2004 while in a UAS but didn’t take it further). That said, I do want to understand naval fundamentals and am happy to go in as a Rating. What do I want to get out of it? Trade-specific knowledge, the opportunity for deployment, exposure to work with other branches (RAF and Army), great team-working and leadership skills. What am I bringing? Analytical (civilian) skills, enthusiasm, interest in the forces, commitment, willingness to learn! If you could answer a few questions, I’d really appreciate it (I’ve tried not to replicate any questions that have come up in other threads, but there may be a couple): Fitness. I’m of average fitness meaning I can run 10Ks a couple of times a week and my 2.4Km time is around 10.5 minutes. I am however, a not very good swimmer, so this needs work. What does the swim test entail? I’ve seen the task books referred to a lot but what do these entail exactly? I’m sure it’s a syllabus of proficiencies that someone would have to meet and I guess it’s to do learn tasks such as protocol, fire fighting, AWFP etc, but can anyone give me a bit more detail please? I understand that getting into Intelligence generally requires you to move in from another trade and getting into Submarine Operations requires you to be commissioned. Could I therefore join CIS as a rating, and then after some time move ‘upwards and across’ into either Intelligence or Submarine Operations? Aside from the specialist route, there are two main methods of Officer training – Upper Yardman and DE. How long would someone spend as a Rating going through the Upper Yardman process until they earned commission? Under what circumstances would a candidate be selected for DE Officer training rather than spending time as a Rating? I understand that training to deployment strength takes about 4 years (2 years of core + 2 years of branch). Is there anyway to speed this up and perhaps halve that time to 2 years? I wouldn’t mind using my own annual leave time from my civilian job to speed up my training so I can get out on deployment. Can you check my timeline? 2-3 months to process application and another 2-3 months waiting for a course at RALEIGH (during which time I’d be attending NE training). Two weeks at RALEIGH. [*=1]Then if going for commission I’d raise that there, spend another few (3?) months waiting for a slot at AIB. 3 days for AIB, 8 months to complete Junior Officer task book, 2 weeks at BRNC, some months (6?) waiting for a 2-week slot on one of HM warships, then Fleet Board. [*=1]Otherwise, if I were to be a Rating, I’d return to unit after RALEIGH and begin branch training (another 24-36 months) there? Sorry for the long post, and thank you in advance.