Thinking of joining RNR

I interested in joining the RNR (HMS King Alfred). I would be joining as general reservist but I hope to train as a nurse from next year.

Once part of the RNR can you specialise? I know the Army have the medical corps even for HCAs, is it the case with the RNR or is that just if you are a health professional.

Also - attending training nights. Would I be escorted to the reserve building etc or is it just a case of checking in at the entrance?


War Hero
Also - attending training nights. Would I be escorted to the reserve building etc or is it just a case of checking in at the entrance?

Why does this matter and why do you want to know? Without wanting to sound harsh, people take security very seriously and questions like this, no matter how innocuous are not appropriate for discussion here.


War Hero
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The best way for you to find out would be to go to the next HMS KING ALFRED Royal Naval Reserve Live event. The next one is on the 30th of July, which is a Saturday. They'll even give you Lunch. The postcode of the unit is PO2 8ER, be there for 10am. But first ring 0345 600 3222 to book a place...

Yes, you would be able to specialise as a Nurse, and if you came to RNRL, you could talk to some Nurses, and even maybe the Specialist Medical Recruiter..:D
PT, unfortunately, you do sound a bit harsh to someone who has probably been brought up in the information sharing age, and probably doesn't see any issues with asking how to get into a secure establishment (probably has no understanding of what a secure establishment is). All of the above will be taught, then learnt. Your comments may have been more appropriate if directed at an old duffer like myself, who should know better.
However, despite the above, your comments are indeed accurate, and, perhaps timely, in educating us all in persec/security in general.

Hope all is well in the PT Household. Need to pm you with gossip sometime, or catch up for a pint.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
I almost made the point in my last post that some RNR units are encased in the wire of host units, e.g. KING ALFRED whilst other are not and you presumably should be able to almost walk up to the door (PRESIDENT?). To therefore answer the OP questions further, without compromising national security, believe me shippers, they'll have their eyes on at all times.....;)

The Prime Minister had followed his frequent, though in British terms unusual, practice of promoting someone to a department they know something about. Mordaunt is a Royal Naval Reservist, wore naval uniform at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, and never misses a chance to proclaim the virtues of the Senior Service.
This bit made I larf.

'“I have benefited from some excellent training by the Royal Navy, but on one occasion I felt that it was not as bespoke as it might have been. Fascinating though it was, I felt that the lecture and practical demonstration on how to care for the penis and testicles in the field failed to appreciate that some of us attending had been issued with the incorrect kit.”

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