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What is the point of the Wardroom in the RNR?

dondon

MIA
brazenhussy said:
Jim30 said:
Nice guess, but I've never been in the JR's mess in my life and certainly never hang around there waiting for beer. (Ex URNU not JR you see)


sanctimonious git!! wouldn't bloody invite you in or buy you a beer - mind you its sounds like your head is so far up your arse you would be able to drink it anyway!



Ditto , sounds a right fxxxxxxxxxg ******** ,
 

Deckhead_Inspector

Lantern Swinger
Now he's gone I can also say this. Our wardroom has been a brilliant place to find a spouse. In my time we have had at least 5 married couples in there(2 and a half remaining) and there is another one on the way in May. Not a good reason but it worked for me. Didn't want to mention it while Jim was around because I am sure he would think the reason totaly puerile
 

Captain_Jacks

Lantern Swinger
Jim30 said:
This is now beyond belief. How many fcuking times do I have to make clear to you. I have an excellent relationship with the JR's and SR's that I work with - I refuse to believe any of the BS about "them and us". However some very simple facts - my job does not involve much with JR's or SR's, my operational role doesnt have anything to do with them either. I have no delusions of rank or grandeur and if anything have been told that I am too informal in my dealings with JRs. Will people please remove their heads from their arses, read what I am saying and understand that I am talking about the W/R and the people within, not the wider RNR. Stop trrying to turn this into another "officers are nasty toffs and us JRs are loveable urchins" thread.

Sorry i seem to have lost the will to live reading all this :roll:

It is very simple. It seems that Jim is too good for all the messes esp the Wardroom. We officers should respect and understand how important he is!! :twisted:

Always remember Jim that the Navy will still be going on far longer that you will. As a Officer i am embarassed by your comments :oops: The wardroom is a very important part of navy life, both regular and reserve. When you turn it into just another job, you have lost the essance of what is Navy Life.

I have lived worked and played in all 3 messes both as RN and RNR and i think you have disgraced your rank and your history and the tradition of those who came before you and will come after you. You remind me of the politically correct squad who dont want to cause any offence to anyone (inc the French).

We have a navy and a tradition and you need to get used to the banter and be part of the life. You take the money and wear the uniform so join in with what the ship gives to you or find a new job! :evil:
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
Captain_Jacks said:
Always remember Jim that the Navy will still be going on far longer that you will. As a Officer i am embarassed by your comments :oops: The wardroom is a very important part of navy life, both regular and reserve. When you turn it into just another job, you have lost the essance of what is Navy Life.

I am thankful that this attitude is the prevalent one and has been stated in one form or another by members of all messes - there is hope for the RN and the RNR after all!
 

WarMonger

War Hero
slim said:
froggit said:
Tell me where and when and if you have the gin I May

Come off it Frogit JRs messes only have tinnies. However if you would like to donatea bottle pinkers I 'm certain it would be appreciated :smile:

Not so...as JR Mess president I am more than capable of providing a G & T to the highnesses if required....!
 

WarMonger

War Hero
The mess decks through hundreds of years irrespective of JR/SR or wardroom are what has made the Royal Navy what it is today...!!

We tried a combined mess..and it didnt work because it was never really combined it was the SR's mess with the JR's allowed in without knocking...the JR's never had an equal say...!!

I would fight any move to combine the messes again..the JR's mess is my sanctuary from SR's and Officers that get up my chuff...!!

We do have a combined mess once a month which rotates around the messes and I think that works very well and provides us with a good balance.

However any officer or senior rate is more than welcome if they wish to enter the JR's mess at any time provided they are prepared to abide by and respect our rules..quite simple really...although some people do seem to have a problem getting to grips with this from time to time!
 

jesse650

War Hero
lost the will to live by reading this thread. History and tradition are part of what being in the RN/RNR is......this includes the seperate messes. Its a space in which you drip about your seniors without getting any grief, chat to your oppos, help other people with problems (personal and Navy) have a drink (or two) and as uncle albert says keep the wheels turning.......
if Jim has a problem with a couple of the officers prehaps he should talk it through with friends in unit......oh sorry forgot no friends coz he does his job and goes home.........
Numpty.
 
slim said:
phil1972 said:
Well UA and Slim I will bow to your greater knowledge on this one but it just ain't working at my Unit. Maybe when the RNR allows me to sample RN life it will get to understand. I was just trying to point out that Jim30 is not alone in feeling that the messes in the RNR do not always work to the benefit of their mess members.
Then attend the mess meetings and get things changed. I don't know about wardroom mess meetings but POs mess meetings were always very democratic. If something is amiss then this is where it can be corrected> :smile:

Slim, I agree with everything that you have said about the RN and their messes, however the RNR is a different kettle of fish. I am sorry, but you have to be in it to believe it. What Phil and to a degree Jim say is true. The unit as a whole is on the demise, from its position of strength say 15 years ago. Everything is branch related that the ships company structure has less and less relevance, and that I feel includes the messes.
 
:mrgreen: Since when did the Navy and anything to do with it be 'just a job' ? When I was in it was my whole life, not in an anchor faced way but because thats what you did and I loved it , socialising was one of the best things about the Navy. I can see how someone might not want to drink with certain people but at the end of the day if you are part of a real team, you have worked hard together then the next step is to get into the bar and sink a few, more team building if you like. When people start referring to the Mob as just a job then thats it, time to pack up, last man close the hatch behind you! :sad:
 

Six_and_a_Half

Lantern Swinger
rosinacarley said:
Slim, I agree with everything that you have said about the RN and their messes, however the RNR is a different kettle of fish. I am sorry, but you have to be in it to believe it. What Phil and to a degree Jim say is true. The unit as a whole is on the demise, from its position of strength say 15 years ago. Everything is branch related that the ships company structure has less and less relevance, and that I feel includes the messes.

Having read this it did start me thinking about it more and more, and I can appreciate the sing-song ring of truth in it, but still I'm inclined to disagree with the latter two points.

Everything in the RNR is becoming more branch-related, as can be expected, even the DO's in-unit are responsible for the men in that particular branch (I don't know how this might compare in the regular RN). I feel very little teamly spirit with the Medical and GSS(R)'s nor the Comms branchers. The same goes for the NE's, even though they technically aren't actually in any branch as such. I rarely train with them, never work with them in my civilian life, and apart from the drill nights I don't ever see them.

Which is why the messes at the unit are incredibly important. I always stick around for drinks and a chat, because its nice to learn about the Andrew from other perspectives. Separate messes for the different ranks are a part of service life, and offer advantages. There are advantages perhaps to an all-ranks mess in RTC's because at the end of the night we all return to civilians again, anyway.

I would however, prefer to keep the messes separate as they are in the regular service, because at some point we are expected to serve alongside the regular forces, with the regular forces and as regular forces. So mirroring the mess system is really more of a sort of training, somewhat.
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
In Civie life ... The guys on the shop floor go to their pubs, the middle managers head for theirs and the directors go their club.

what's different? if you are sociable you go for a few beers with people who will understand your problems/stresses, if you are not ...
 

wysiwyg

Lantern Swinger
HORNBLOWER said:
:I can see how someone might not want to drink with certain people but at the end of the day if you are part of a real team, you have worked hard together then the next step is to get into the bar and sink a few, more team building if you like.

Unfortuately, the local plod and subsequent magistrate will take a dim view of this. I doubt that there are many reservists that don't have to get behind a steering wheel to get home! I've never viewed coca cola as an effective aid to team building!!!!
 
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