Reserve Specialisations

#1
Hi Guys,
So I've seen a lot of reserve specialisation stuff but how much of it is current?
I'm only really interested in Warfare, so are these right:

  1. MTO - Divided into ANWIS and NCAGS
  2. AW Force Protection
  3. UW Force Protection
  4. Intelligence - HUMINT, IMINT and a few others?
Ok, that's all I know! Are these right, and are there any more?!
 
#2
AWFP is now called Seaman (Reserve) and incorporates seamanship as well as SPF training.

UWFP - I can only think this refers to the diver branch?

Others include (off the top of my head) :

Information operations
CIS
CT (ex regulars only)
ENG (ex-regs and civilians with experience /quals in marine engineering etc)
Logs
Amphibious Warfare (AW) (Officer only)
Submarine Operations (officer only)
QARNNS
Medical
MW
 
#5
Well, I'm 15, almost 16, in Year 11 at school and I have aspirations to join the RN as a Warfare Officer, but I am unsure as to whether to do a degree or not, and clearly joining the reserves would allow me to keep involvement in the RN outside cadets (which is a lot of kayaking/dinghy sailing type thing).

Would it be worth joining if I only ended up doing 2 years? Would it be useful before going in as a Warfare Officer? and What kind of things could I expect to get up to (I would have a lot of time in holidays to give up)?
 
#6
It will take most of the 2 years to complete phase 1 and 2 and become of use to a branch. You could certainly get some great experiences in two years, maybe even a little bit of sea time.

The Warfare Seaman Branch is somewhat of a default pick, they aim to provide "Reservists able to meet the requirements of the Royal Navy in Force Protection and general seamanship". They're by far the biggest RNR branch, 1 of 2 that guarantee sea-time and by most accounts, the wrong choice if you're looking to climb the promotion ladder.
 
#7
Warfare Officer training is recognised as a Foundation Degree for non-graduate entrants, and you don't pay any fees for this. It can be topped up to a full Bachelor's degree. If you can get in to the officer corps at 18 then I'd definitely recommend this over going to university and accruing a huge amount of debt.

If you do decide to go to university, joining the URNU may be of interest and you will develop a lot of the skills covered in officer training.

RNR is also a decent option which you can start at 16. It would give you a different experience from URNU but lots of aspects - e.g. Drill, leadership, core military skills - would be similar.

Plenty of people join the reserves prior to going full time and most find it very helpful. You could probably smash phase 1 reserve rating training in a year if you're switched on and have the time. You might not get phase 2 (branch training) finished in the 2nd year but any courses you do will be useful experience. Also if you find yourself needing to reattempt AIB then the RNR is a great environment to be in to work on the various aptitudes you need to demonstrate.
 
#9
The Warfare Seaman Branch is somewhat of a default pick, they aim to provide "Reservists able to meet the requirements of the Royal Navy in Force Protection and general seamanship". They're by far the biggest RNR branch, 1 of 2 that guarantee sea-time and by most accounts, the wrong choice if you're looking to climb the promotion ladder.
Hi Kelvin,
I haven't applied yet - am still at the research stage. Could you tell me which is the other branch that guarantees sea time? Cheers.
 
#10
Mine Warfare. You'll spend your early career on MCMV, so not the mighty war canoes that WarSea might get on but on a small ship you'll find yourself a more integral part of the crew more quickly.
 

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