Use of RR

I was discussing RR in comparison with ARRSE and PPRuNe with my bruv a ex Crab Navigator and he did a quick check at 11.30 am BST which showed:

"Some interesting stats. People on line at 1130;
Pprune.1765 of which 190 are on the military flying site."

PPRuNe had 340 more people on line than RR has members. Is this to do with the serving matelot:

1. having much less access to the internet in normal working hours?
2. He/she is not interested in the content of RR
3. Jack/RN Officers are a different creature to Crabs and Pongoes. The people on both sites talk a much more introvert language than I was ever use to.
4. Jack is much less of a Company/Service person than either of the other two services.
5. Jack is far more bound to his oppos and ship alone than a Regiment or Branch/employment/Service than the other two services.

Having followed PPRuNe military forum and having had a wander around ARRSE I formed the opinion that both the other services are very much tied up with kit and its use. Never here any one here have a go about a radio type or a 4.5 turret and gun, radar or EW set, steaming bats or a sleeping bag. Tactics and similar problems. Jack rarely sees Senior Officers and even less actually speaks to them on a one to one basis.

Also, other than the Corp and person attached to it few if in Pusser have been involved in a hot war since 1982 (Falklands). By hot war I mean when the bullet/shell/missile/torpedo are traveling in both directions. Both the other services, even as crab ground crew sending there planes off to the front line are involved regularly.

Most of the Corp would be more at home on ARRSE talking the same language/problems/attitudes/equipment.

I am not certain what RR can offer serving personnel and would like serving RN MOD's in particular to state what they feel can be offered.



War Hero
I certainly agree with some of your sentiments Nutty and I have made my very strongly felt feelings public before despite the protests of a minority of the members of this site.

Firstly I'd say that matelots aren't that different to pongos and crabs nowadays especially with so many of us working in purple environments. Likewise, I know of crabs and pongo's filling matelot billets. I think it's a good thing as it makes us see what the other services have to endure/get.

As for being in combat, well, I know of several matelots who've seen action and I know of one guy who got a confirmed kill on the ground in Eye Rack. You've got to remember that it's mainly the teeth arms of the army that have experienced close combat. Don't forget that the army have support arms such as REME, Int Corp etc,etc.

I wouldn't say that Jack is more loyal to his ship. I know of a few trades in the RN where loyalty is to the branch rather than the unit.

A lot of it stems down to what I've said before and that is currently serving matelots aren't keen to post here due to some of the content being, well, a bit 'uncle albertesque'. But then again, navy news isn't exactly a fantastic read either and especially in the letters page, the majority of the contributors are of the G spot era etc.

Besides, a lot of baby matelots would rather crawl into their bunk and play PSP than interact with another human......:(


War Hero

I certainly hope that you that you are not inferring such accusations upon myself. I have only ever deleted one thread on this site and that was from a slapper asking for a penpal.

Bad CO

Personally I think it is because RR is much, much younger than either of the other two sites. This site has actually done very well in building up awareness since it was founded but still has a long, long way to go.

I continue to be of the opinion that RR will continue to increase in popularity and that it is a gradual process.


Lantern Swinger
It's probable that JJ doesn't have such ready access to a PC as his/her Perce and Crab opposite numbers, but it bears consideration that the RN is a pretty small community. It's also not easy to compare hardware, as you might between the crap issue rifle that UK forces get and the ultra reliable, Perce-proof kit that, say, the Russians use.

Somebody's already said it in the "Who is RR for?" thread. Shit, shower, shave and out to whatever is today's equivalent of Joanna's, rather than spiel on a chat site!
the_matelot said:

I certainly hope that you that you are not inferring such accusations upon myself. I have only ever deleted one thread on this site and that was from a slapper asking for a penpal.
They know who they are.


War Hero
the_matelot said:
A load of shite.

Cheeky sod, still insisting that the old sailers are frightening off the baby sailers, has he no ears, the baby sailers have been on here and said that they quite enjoy the old sea stories that are flying about, Oh well I suppose he did spell albertesque rite which was pretty impressive.
Mind he was only stating his opinion, which is right and proper, so here’s mine:
Trolls that post this sort of unnecessary shit condemning kindly peace loving old stokers, should be hung up by their thumbs with large weights attached to their balls until they have learnt some fcukin manners, see it`s not nice, it`s destructive and unnecessary, bit like those kids that smash up bus stops and stuff , I`ll never understand their mentality. Well yes I suppose I understand them perfectly, they are total scum and they should be hung out to dry with heavy weights ect. ect.
It`s all totally unnecessary you know, I used to live in Singapore and the vandalism there was zero, WHY? I`ll bleedin tell ya, it was cause they used to get the buggers and give erm a public flogging, mind you there was a bit of burglary , but that was down to the fact that they had no minimum wage , not their fault, and er, they used to pinch cars a lot, but then that was understandable when a ford escort cost 35 grand, er, and there was a few pickpockets about down by the sweetwater canal, also it was best to stay on the move, as if you stood still for to long the ******* would have your bootlaces. In fact when I think about it , it was a bleedin orrible place to live , the thieving buggers.

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