OK, here's a thought. Why oh why oh why...

1. Why is there an URNU at Aberdeen, but not at Edinburgh?
2. Why is there an URNU at Southampton, but not at Plymouth?
3. Why is Sussex URNU, based in pink-capital Brighton, full of tasty girls?
4. Why is there even a university at Cambridge, let alone an URNU, as they're all weird geeks (allegedly) ?

Answers please?



There's an URNU at Aberdeen for a wide variety of reasons. Primarily because it was the first established in 1967 to promote the RN in a new capacity. It's still there because it does a damm good job and has some of the best students around. NO ONE drinks like an AURNU Midshipman!

Also it is important to remember that the p2000s are also a useful way for the RN to fly the flag where they wouldn't normally and Aberdeen being the home of the oil industry is of strategic importance.

As for the other issues.....not sure of anyone who'd want to go to uni in Guzz! And yes, Sussex girls are the top totti in URNU circles.


But with only 15 or so URNUs (or is it 14, I forget?), why should one be wasted on Aberdeen when there are so many other deserving cases, including much better universities that are desperate for one (someone told me Exeter, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Belfast for starters). Historical reasons are not really an excuse these days- it hasn't stopped the MoD getting rid of naval bases, airfields and army bases around the country.

My spies also tell me although doing a "damn good job", Aberdeen has been understrength in personnel for years, compared to waiting lists at all other units (except Cambridge, maybe). So let's bite the bullet and give the Forth a P2000! We need one!


Lantern Swinger
buddyboy said:
....NO ONE drinks like an AURNU Midshipman!... Sussex girls are the top totti in URNU circles.
You've seemed to have forgotten the "Work Hard" part of the "Work Hard/Play Hard" Equation


To remove Aberdeen would be a tradegy in my opinion. It has a long history of guys going down to Dartmouth as a direct result of their URNU experience along with several medic cadets who are currently active members.

Not sure why you're determined to rob Peter to pay Paul freddie. In an ideal world all unis would have an attached URNU. Aberdeen, by dint of geography, has less educational establishments to recruit from and it would be impossible to commute as elsewhere in the country (say from Edinburgh to Glasgow!).

Perhaps there are compromises to be made; the various UAS's have merged to form a larger organization but I reject your somewhat arrogant assumption that your need and therefore right is greater.

GCYZ...........fair one. We do work hard before letting our hair down. Didn't think I'd have to justify myself for a pretty flip comment.


Whoa - ease to a frenzy, Buddyboy! No need to take offence by any comment anyone makes - it's only a forum! Methinks you protesteth too much.... do you know something about Aberdeen's future I don't? All that lack of sunlight CAN'T be good for you! ;)

I'll start betting on there being an Edinburgh URNU straight away then. 1-2 ODDS ON, anyone?


freddie said:
I don't think ANYONE works in an URNU. But in Aberdeen, what else are they to do other than drink?!

Ok, I was responding to your points which are far more inflammatory than anything I've said. Notice I use words like 'compromise' whereas you just list your personnel prejudices and grievances.

But.....you're right it's just a forum so let's discuss this amicably!

Why do you insist on focusing on Aberdeen though? It's an honest question mate. Oh, seeing as you're quite fond of Latin quotations I'd thought you'd enjoy this "Si me rogas, potes abire et tu ipse cacare". (Tongue firmly in cheek!)


I concur, the sussex lot do have rather a good amount of attractive girls in their midst! although london's new entries look tasty too!


Last time I checked URNU's were part of the RNR not Sea Cadets. Why post in this forum? :?

P.S Aberdeen is the "Original & Best"

ENDEX :wink:
Something to do with the fact that on ARRSE, the OTC and the ACF are lumped together. Shouldn't the URNUs have their own section entirely?


Lantern Swinger
The URNU are cadets in all but name. Don't confuse a bunch of drunken scruffy students with RNR personnel who do a real job.