RNR Training and application

I've been attempting to join the RNR for some time now, i passed my initial exam with a high mark but since have been stuck on the interview stage, specifically the knowledge of the navy, i have pulled in some resources, but i need verification if they're all correct, so could someone please give me a link, or several links to sites that could give me reliable information on the reserves and the training processes involved (that's one of the big parts of the interview that i've failed at both times i've gone for an interview).

If you could that would be a big help, i'm preparing for an interview which will be my final interview and i'll be stopped from entering if i fail it for at least a year, and i'm revising hard, but i just need to find some in-detail information on the subjects at hand.

Thank you in advance.


Lantern Swinger
Training process is drill nights, Maritime Weekend, Military Weekend, Phase One confirmation course at HMS Raleigh. Give yourself 9 to 12 months. Then onto Phase Two - trade training effectively - the duration of which will depend on your chosen branch.

Read Navy News and study our ships, submarines and air assets. Get a grip on the basis of weapons systems.

When is yr interview?
30th of august, i've been revising the ships, and i can name various different one's and their assets, but the main area i'd struggled on is how the reserves train, i understand the whole phase one training, two weeks at raleigh, and then on to phase two training, but i asked on the navy website and they stated something about task books, saying that you get one task book you study in your division on the basics of the reserves, and what they do, and after completing that, you go and study a more, in-detail book, i just thought there was more to the training.


Lantern Swinger
Much of RN and RNR training is governed by task books, this ensures each candidate has received the appropriate input, regardless of which order lectures or practical experience has been delivered.

Phase One is much the same, regardless of service or arm. Learn to march, iron, get fit, fire an SA80, how the Navy does its business. As you will read in countless threads both here and next door, Phase One is not the real Navy/Army/RAF. Understand that basic training is, er basic. After that you start trade training. P1 may not seem glamorous, but it is essential.


Lantern Swinger
Delighted to be of assistance, do get back to me if you need further guidance
In the meantime I cannot express enough the importance of reading Navy News and Fleet Publications. Doubtless @Ninja_Stoker can advise further.

i'm sorry to bother you again, but to clarify, are you saying that in the reserves, along with task books, you do training like the regulars along side, or is that specifically reserved for HMS Raleigh?


Lantern Swinger
I am sorry, I am not sure I understand your question.

"Alongside" is what a ship is when not at sea or at anchor. There is a training ship HMS BRISTOL which is alongside at Whale Island for ship familiarisation type training.

Most RNR training takes place at your local unit (Drill evenings and Weekends) staffed and instructed by other RNR. Your unit will have RN Staff Instructors (PSI's) who may have input from time to time. Your P1 course will be in largely in unit, the two compulsory weekends (Maritime and Military) will probably be at RALEIGH.

Once your task book is complete, and the two weekends are done, you will then be sent to RALEIGH for your two week confirmation course, which will be RNR only. However your instructors will be largely RN and you may do some modules with RN P1s.

In P2/3 you may well join RN courses, that will depend on your choice of branch.


Lantern Swinger
Oh, one more thing.......

You can volunteer to do the full ten week RN INT Course at RALEIGH, should your civilian job allow the time to do this. I believe, subject to availability, RNR can have a maximum of two places on those.
ah i see, it's drill evenings and weekends, what i meant by along side is if you do task books at the same time as doing drill exercises etc.


Lantern Swinger
I refer you to my post #4.
Task books record the training delivered, and the experiences you have had. The task book is filled in as you complete various required modules.

If you miss a lecture - perhaps work keeps you from attending your unit one evening - then your training team have an accurate record as to what you have missed/don't know. This allows them to arrange a training opportunity for you, to complete that part of, what is effectively, a traning log.

Six P2 AET's are at sea in HMS Nonsuch. One part of their task book is to witness widget 47680 being changed. Evidently this widget is only changed every three months, last time it was done AB2 Bloggs was on watch elsewhere. The CPO, looking through Bloggs' task book sees that this module is incomplete. CPO then arranges for Bloggs to attend next Wednesday, when said widget is due for replacement again. Hey presto, that part of task book now complete.

I really can't make this any more simple.
I understand completely now, so what you're saying is that the task book is a guide used to complete certain drills at certain times, like a timetable, and if you miss one, then it can be arranged so you can catch up on certain areas you've missed so you get all the experience you require in the reserves. that makes a lot of sense, thank you again, you've been a massive help, and hopefully have helped to start my RNR career.


Lantern Swinger
Phase 1 turns you from recruit into a member of the RNR, either an AB2 or a Sub Lieutenant depending on officer or rating. At this stage you're only really useful as a warm body, realistically only something like the Olympics would mobilise you.

Phase 2 turns you into a minimally deployable individual, the requirements varying by branch. You are now a more useful warm body but would still need substantial training if mobilised.

Phase 3 is your specialisation training that starts making you useful in role and leads to your being qualified for promotion to AB1.

Once you join there is plenty of time to find out about stages 2 & 3, they may even have changed by the time you get there. There are various thrilling documents you can read on Defence Connect about them.
I have a question, and i need help, I've already posted a thread similar to this specifically on training knowledge, and what training in the reserves might include, but as someone who's already been given two interviews, i have a final chance and i don't want to mess this up, i'm stuck on two sections, one to do with physical fitness, and one to do with knowledge of the Navy and the reserve forces, could anyone help me on what sections i need to know, and what they entail, so i can revise for my interview on August 30th?

Thank you in advance.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
What don't you understand about Physical Fitness????? The relevant Careers Publication can be found in any AFCO or online. However, as I'm a very nurturing soul, who recently got an A- on his OJAR for 'Subordinate Development', I'll provide it for you:

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/~/media/files/cnr-pdfs/fitness 2013.pdf

Not that you'll need it, but here is more policy:


Did they tell you at you two previous train-crash interviews what you had messed up on????

More generally try this:


Right, that's enough spoon feeding - if you get in, enjoy WAR(SEA) RES ;)
thanks for the help, in the interview he stated those were the two sections i didn't pass on, my knowledge of the navy reserves and what physical training and standards of fitness are required.
If you couldn't tell, by the title, and by the fact this is the fourth thread i've posted on this topic, i'm panicking. i have an interview on the 30th of august, my last chance to enter the reserves, and i'm in need of help, and hopefully a good cup of tea after this is all over, @Branch-Hopper has been a great help already, but i'm wondering if there's any knowledge of the naval reserves i need to know for my interview in order to help me pass it, and was also wondering if anyone else has gone through his sort of "panic" before an interview. i'm extremely excited about the idea of joining the reserves, but considering this is my third and final chance for an interview, i'm also understandably nervous, any advice or help that you could give would be of great help to me.


War Hero
At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, the reserves are utterly desperate for manpower. Short of you confessing to being a serial killer its hard to envisage you failing the interview unless there are more serious underlying reasons.
Read the RNR section of the RN website, read the material they give to you and then thats about as much as can reasonably be expected.

Second harsh comment - if you are panicking over something this simple, how will you be when under pressure in training or on operations?
Have you been reading Navy News - which is what I suggested in your first thread. The other publication is Maritime reservist, which is available in your unit.

@Trainer has provided all the other links, I believe.

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