RNR - Work/Study/RNR Balance

jsdoddy

Newbie
Hi,

I have always wanted to join the Royal Navy and almost did back in 2016, however I broke my Scaphoid bone before my PRNC. Since, I have continued with life and my career etc. but still want to join at some point in my life.

I have decided to apply for the RNR through the officer route due to my work experience. However, I am currently studying for a Masters Degree in Engineering Management (online), part time.

Do you think it will be feasible to balance a 7-4:30pm job, along with study for my degree and also the Royal Navy Reserves training.

Weekends should be no problem, I am more worried about the 2 week block training. can you choose your date for this? The RNR would be my priority.

Cheers
Joe
 

huwshpis

War Hero
I was in full-time education when I went through my training and I managed comfortably. Of course, it WAS 40+ years ago!
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Do you think it will be feasible to balance a 7-4:30pm job, along with study for my degree and also the Royal Navy Reserves training.
Yes.

Weekends should be no problem, I am more worried about the 2 week block training. can you choose your date for this? The RNR would be my priority.
The RNR have an advantage over our green colleagues, in that our Continuous Training (CT) is done in courses at the RN schools as individuals, rather than going away as a troop/company/battalion to dig holes and scare furry animals.

Assuming that you get selected for OC entry your first term, at least, will be spent doing the same as the lower deck entrants, give or take. You will have some compulsory weekends to attend, and pass, before doing the RNR short course at BRNC. There is also the eight week "zero to hero" course run over the summer at BRNC, but your job, I suspect, would prevent this.

Once you have passed BRNC and Fleetboard your CT will then be dependant on you allocated/chosen branch. You can choose, to a degree, but you have to choose when the appropriate course or exercise is being run. JTEPS ain't going to move the date of JW to suit Sub Lt Doddy.

Being a reservist is about planning ahead. If it wasn't for training delays caused by COVID I'd now be sorting what I need to do in the year starting April 2021.

My advice is to apply now, as the cycle is long and, currently, very variable. Whilst Capita and your AFCO shuffle your application about crack on with the online degree, and get ahead on that aspect of your life.

BH
 
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