Thinking of applying to join the RNR

Earl

Newbie
Hello everyone,

As the thread title suggests, I'm interested in joining the RNR. Just got a few questions, and would be greatful for any answers.

I am confident that I can pass the timed run as I am fit. However I am a bit overweight (6 foot, 12.5 stone). Is this likely to hold me back? Should I get rid of the excess before applying?

I live in Liverpool, so my local training centre is HMS Eaglet. I've noticed that they run recruitment evenings (next one on December 13th). Is attending one of these my first step, or should I fill in the application form on the RN website first?

Anything else I should know?

Any answers would be great.
 
Earl

Welcome to RR. Don't think the weight is an issue, I am 6ft and a bit lighter than you. I only think they start to worry at that height if you go over 13stone 6 as that is the recommended upper limit for our height, but it does depend on your build bearing in mind muscle weighs more than fat.

Also you will have to be security cleared and that can take a while so if they think you should lose a bit you will have plenty of time to do that. My clearance (i was born in Ireland) took about 3 months from first turning up, even though I was a SC'd civil serpent at the time.

Good luck
stab
 

Earl

Newbie
stabradop said:
Earl

Welcome to RR. Don't think the weight is an issue, I am 6ft and a bit lighter than you. I only think they start to worry at that height if you go over 13stone 6 as that is the recommended upper limit for our height, but it does depend on your build bearing in mind muscle weighs more than fat.

Also you will have to be security cleared and that can take a while so if they think you should lose a bit you will have plenty of time to do that. My clearance (i was born in Ireland) took about 3 months from first turning up, even though I was a SC'd civil serpent at the time.

Good luck
stab

Thanks alot for the reply, sounds positive on the weight front then.
 
Go to Eaglet on the 13th. I wouldn't rely on the RN website, you might still be waiting for a reply this time next year. Chances are they will tell you to to to Eaglet anyway.
As for weight/height, they will assess your Body Mass Index, but it sounds lie you are well within limits.
 

Navylark

Badgeman
Earl

To speed things up best go into the the Armed Forces Recruiting office in Liverpool - the address is on the RN website - and get the paperwork going if you are interested. It can be a bit of long process so bear with it.

I was well overweight when I started - less than 6' and 14.5 stone!!! I had to get down to 13 before they classed me as medically fit. But I did it and at the thick end of my 30s!! you sound like you are well inside anyhow.

EAGLET are a good bunch. Good luck!
 

fleetchief

Badgeman
i would find Eaglets phone number from the book and make yourself known to them. they like to get an idea of numbers turning up on the night. then, -welcome to best bunch of mates you wil :wink: find.
 

Earl

Newbie
Fullasternboth, Navylark and Fleetchief - thanks for the replies.

Looks like I'll be best going to the local AFCO (I'm trying to get to grips with all the acronyms :lol: ) and then phoning Eaglet about the 13th then?

Can't wait to get started now!

One more question that's just come to me:

I'm currently studying for a degree. I understand that in the TA you cannot be deployed if you are a student - is this the same in the RNR once I've completed my training?

Not that I'm against being deployed, but the next 3 years are certainly less than ideal for it!
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
Earl said:
One more question that's just come to me:

I'm currently studying for a degree. I understand that in the TA you cannot be deployed if you are a student - is this the same in the RNR once I've completed my training?

Not that I'm against being deployed, but the next 3 years are certainly less than ideal for it!

You can't/won't be deployed until you reach Trained Strength; you first of all need to complete New Entry and then, depending on whether you're a rating or in the wardroom, you'll need to undertake about 18 months - 2 years of specialist training getting all the necessary "ticks in boxes" to achieve TS. In all honesty you're likely to have completed your studies by then.

Flags
 

simonjgriffithshr

Lantern Swinger
Earl said:
(I'm trying to get to grips with all the acronyms :lol: )
Is it actually possible to get to grips with all of the acronyms!? Was on an acquaint visit to HMS Collingwood in February and we had some 'lectures' (presentations would probably be a better description) on RN warfare. We were then told that everything in the Navy has a three letter acronym - even if the three letters are bugger all to do with the actual word(s)! It was doubtless a slight exaggeration, but we certainly left with letters coming out of our ear-holes!

If you're a student have you considered an URNU (not that all unis have them)? Or are you looking at long term RNR? Either way, good luck.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
simonjgriffithshr said:
Is it actually possible to get to grips with all of the acronyms!? Was on an acquaint visit to HMS Collingwood in February and we had some 'lectures' (presentations would probably be a better description) on RN warfare. We were then told that everything in the Navy has a three letter acronym - even if the three letters are bugger all to do with the actual word(s)! It was doubtless a slight exaggeration, but we certainly left with letters coming out of our ear-holes!

The RN is certainly awash with TLAs, Three Letter Abbreviations, and ETLAs or Extended TLAs, i.e. more than 3!

I personally doubt whether it's possible to get a grip on all these mnenomics, abbreviations and acronyms - I think there's a secret department somewhere within the MoD's Ivory Towers who monitor people's understanding of the current abbreviation hell - when it appears that a critical mass of the fleet are beginning to understand what 90% of the directives sent out mean, then they institute a sudden over-night change of meaning of all acronyms...

ABC

ABCBA

and so ad nauseum :)

(ABC = All Been Changed, ABCBA = ABC Back Again)

Also, I quite like the fact that acronym itself can be an acronym for: "A Completely Random Order Not Yielding Meaning"
 

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