Reserve to regular ?

#1
I'm currently going through my application to join the RNR (I have my medical booked)
I'm 35yrs old and turn 36 in August, I've been thinking a LOT about the regular navy now, if I'm successful in joining the RNR and say a year later (before my 37th Birthday) I decided to go for the regular service, what would the process be to do this and also would I start again from the very beginning ?? Another medical, interview etc ?

Any info would be gratefully appreciated
 
#3
Thanks for the reply but I don't think you get my question, I already know I'm eligible as I've read the website, sat the recruitment test, had my interview and I've now got my medical booked, all going well and I get into the RNR, my question is what would be the process for going from reservist to regular ?, the job choice I've been looking at is supply chain logistician which you can enter right up to your 37th birthday, my question was would I have to go through the whole recruitment process again I.e interview, medical etc

Thanks
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#5
We're crying out for Rating Loggies, in fact I know of an RNR SC over the age parameters, joining as a regular Chef.

It's pretty straightforward. If you are in the RNR we just get approval to process as a seamless transfer. The Medical, RNFT and SC remains valid. You may just require an update interview to switch branches if you are not on the trained strength og the RNR.

Be prepared for the likelihood to undergo regular Initial Naval Training (INT) in addition to branch phase two training, but if you complete generic RNR phase one, they may let you skip INT. Note the word 'may'.
 
#6
@Ninja_Stoker thanks is for the info, I was planning (if all goes smoothly) on staying in the RNR for about 8-10 months then applying for the regulars, supply chain is 100% what I want to do and I've also put down logistics as my choice of branch in the RNR
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#7
All I'd advise is that you stay in touch with your AFCO because there's no guarantee of an age waiver so you are best initiating a transfer a good eight or nine months before your 37th birthday.
 
#8
There is a low chance of you having completed INT/Phase One in the RNR in just a year; so the chances are that you will be sent back to Raleigh to do the whole ten week course. These things are assessed individually, depending on how much time has been spent doing what at the point a request is submitted to transfer.

If you have time to commit to doing the ten week course as an RNR ( places are available) then that would be different. However I make the assumption that you have a "real job" and hence this would not be an option.
 
#9
@Branch-Hopper thats it really mate, I have a well paid job at the moment but it's not really what I want to do for the rest of my days, I want more out of life, I was Planning on using my time in the RNR to get a taste of navy life then make the choice next year closer to my 37th birthday wether to go regular but I know time isn't really on my side unfortunately
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#10
@Branch-Hopper thats it really mate, I have a well paid job at the moment but it's not really what I want to do for the rest of my days, I want more out of life, I was Planning on using my time in the RNR to get a taste of navy life then make the choice next year closer to my 37th birthday wether to go regular but I know time isn't really on my side unfortunately
I'd caution that time as a "trainee", regular or reserve is not particularly indicative of what life in the regular service is actually like. If you are going to make that leap of faith, it's probably best to join the regulars direct - if it's not what you want, you can quit in the first six months and if you are currently in a well paid civilian job, then hopefully your specialist skills will have given you a foothold in the civilian workplace if it all goes pear-shaped. In addition, if you get Raleigh cracked as a regular, you can seamlessly transfer into the reserves if you want out, going straight into RNR branch training.

No-one joining the Armed Forces does it for the money (except perhaps those joining as Nuclear Undergrads or Accelerated Apprentices) and it will be a step into the void whenever you join. If you can take the pay-drop, do it now rather than join the reserves with half-hearted intent to commit. If money is the critical issue - stick with the reserves.
 
#11
@Ninja_Stoker money isn't the issue at all mate, I'm more than willing to take a drop in wages for a while to get more out of life with the Royal Navy (excuse the cheesy line), once I get my medical and pjft out the way (hopefully over the next month or so) I'll have a serious think about it, time is the biggest worry to me as I only have 16 months to go before I turn 37, at my RT the officer did say that in SOME cases they take you into the regulars after your 37th birthday but he did stress it was only certain cases but I would be too scared to gamble it, as I said serious thinking to do
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#12
@Ninja_Stoker money isn't the issue at all mate, I'm more than willing to take a drop in wages for a while to get more out of life with the Royal Navy (excuse the cheesy line), once I get my medical and pjft out the way (hopefully over the next month or so) I'll have a serious think about it, time is the biggest worry to me as I only have 16 months to go before I turn 37, at my RT the officer did say that in SOME cases they take you into the regulars after your 37th birthday but he did stress it was only certain cases but I would be too scared to gamble it, as I said serious thinking to do
I guess if money isn't a deal-breaker then the next issue is possibly the separation aspect, particularly if you have a family or have a partner unfamiliar with separation.

In any case, best of luck.
 
#13
@Ninja_Stoker Thanks, my daughter is 17 and I've spoke at length with her and my mrs about doing this and they both fully support me so I'll see what the next few months bring, I'll let you know, thanks for the advice, I appreciate it
 

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