Navy Net - Royal Navy Community

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

RNR for full time seafarers

Rubicon

Newbie
Hi all,

I'm a full time seafarer, and until recently was a member of an URNU. I was in the process of joining up full time, but ended up being offered a dream job in civilian sailing so decided not to go forward.

However I'm still interested in joining the RNR, but I've struggled to find any up to date information about the time commitments etc, and how they would apply to seafarers.

My understanding is that always was a separate RNR List applicable to seagoing officers who obviously aren't able to commit to a regular night a week and weekend a month. Is this still the case?

How does it work with deployments? Does the reservist protection when deployed extend to those of us who don't have contracts, or do the RNR expect Merchant Officers to be a pool only for when it really hits the fan.

I'd be keen to get in touch with any serving RNR Officers who work as Merchant Seafarers to see if this is something I could make work.

Thanks
 
Last edited:

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Whole heap of variants at work here.

All depends on what you are doing as a Merchant Seaman - your first paragraph says "civilian sailing" which rather suggests you are not running tankers for BP. The skills of the latter are of use to the MTO branch, for example.

The old list system has had a huge change in the last 18-24 months, so the old Merchant List has, to the best of my knowledge been scrapped. There is a List 6, but that is for fully trained individuals who are making no training commitment, but remain liable for mobilisation.

As far as I am aware all now join on List One until transfer to the trained strength. Anticipate doing around 24 days a year during this period - 12 on exercise or course, 12 doing support stuff. The latter can be drill nights or, to be very topical, attending a Remembrance Parade. A little fore-planning soon chews into your 24 days. If you qualify for a commission then your first 12 day period will be at BRNC. If you can get eight weeks off in the summer then the new Accelerated Officer Programme can take you from civvy to hero in one go.

An employer is now required to hold your position of employment open, much like maternity leave. But if you have no contract that would negate that requirement.

Look up the Maritime Trade and Amphibious Warfare branches, which is where your skills will be most relevant as things stand at the moment. However, as the new OPVs come on stream, it may be that the RN could use a Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate or two; again, provided that you are "running tankers" rather than scrubbing decks for Sunsail.

Does that help?
My advice is the same as ever - engage with your local unit, who will have latest chapter and verse.
 
Last edited:
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
dickey_22 Full training Obligation For RNR's!! Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 1
jsdoddy Next Stage - RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 2
R Rescinding my RNR Application Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 5
N Specialisms in RNR after phase 1 Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 9
F Joining RNR/RMR - Potential Transfer Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 5
soleil FB: RNR: "No Summer Rest For Reservist Cadets Aiming To Become Officers" Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 1
D RNR - Covid Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 5
1 RNR Bounty (CofE) Rates for Project Firefly? Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 4
F Switching RNR application to RFA RFA 11
I Good routes for RNR GE Officer Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 2
M Thinking of joining RNR. Ex raf rigger Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 35
jsdoddy RNR - Work/Study/RNR Balance Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 3
S Merchant Navy to RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 3
A RNR Medic? General entry Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 2
S AIB fail - join RNR? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 7
M Joining the RNR with dry eye? Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 10
U Rnr Raleigh Joining the Royal Navy 0
U Summer Employment RNR Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 11
J Advice on joining the RN/RNR Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 4
A RNR - No medical experience Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 1
Branch-Hopper The RNR are now in charge.... Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 10
M Merchant seafarer to RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 6
TuckerKlein HMS President RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 5
J WW1 RNR T Uniform Help History 10
P RMR To RNR Officer Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 3
L RNR Intelligence - Marooned at Chicksands? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 9
M Newb RNR RCTs Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 2
N Joining RNR reserves before Navy-regular? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 1
D RNR and RMR, oh, and whether its worth it! Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 31
A Does RNR help a future RN career Joining the Royal Navy 5
W Looking to Join RNR but nearest establishment is rather far away Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 4
2 Medical delays/URNU/RNR Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 15
N Merch Navy Officer to RNR Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 1
T Joining RNR with mild Cataract Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 4
S Thinking of joining the RNR but unsure Joining the Royal Navy 12
T Pass marks for RNR Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 0
Trainer RNR Pay Rates Finance & Pensions 1
S RNR, RMR or URNU? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 26
2 RNR Questions Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 1
photface Medical standards RNR vs RN Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 8
TheLegend27 CCF/SCC in RNR SCC and URNU 4
TheLegend27 RNR CCF and other things Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 5
R Joining the RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 1
S RNR Officer Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 8
R RNR as an ex regular Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 13
? what will happen on my first night at the RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 13
MenInSlacks RNR General Entry Officer Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 6
MenInSlacks RNR Officer during Uni Joining the Royal Navy 5
B Clarification on RNR joining / training Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 11
T Upper Age Limit for Joining RNR Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 2
Similar threads


















































Latest Threads

New Posts

Top