Hey all, I'm new here - thanks for a pretty entertaining forum. I've looked at all of the 'should I join or shouldn't I' posts, but they don't really address what I'm interested in. That is, what does an 'afloat ops' (hey, is that what the branch is really called?) junior officer in the RNR's initial career path look like? Specifically: 1. do you work up to a normal RN bridge watchkeeping certificate? 2. is that STCW95? 3. is the aim to be capable of being slotted in when the regulars need watchkeepers? 4. does this actually happen much and do people in the branch feel like they're making a valued contribution where it counts? Or basically: what's life like as a seaman s/lt or two-ringer in the RNR? I know there's feelings about direct officer entry on this site (!), but I'm ex-Commonwealth (no misplaced plums or sticks, don't worry) maybe interested to try for my old rank and job in the RNR. BTW, do you see that much?