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Do I need parental or guardian consent to join the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Yes, you will require consent if you are under 17-and-a-half years of age.

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How long after joining the Royal Naval Reserves could I expect to be called out on mobilised service?

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If you have no previous military experience you cannot be mobilised until you have reached ‘Trained Strength’. This means you must have completed your initial training and some branch training too. Therefore, you will probably have served at least two years before you are required for active service.  For those that have previous experience, you could be called out almost as soon as you join the RNR.

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What kind of job will I be doing in the Royal Naval Reserve?

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As a New Entrant you will need to get through your initial training before you start training for a specific job.  Near the end of your initial training, you can state your job preferences, but ultimately jobs are assigned according to the current manning requirements. Find out more about roles within the RNR here.Roles-in-RNR

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Is there an Equality and Diversity policy for the Royal Naval Reserve?

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The RNR is part of the wider Naval Service which is fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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What level of commitment will I be required to make to the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Each year you will be expected to complete your annual training commitment of 24 days. This is usually made up of a 12-day continuous training period and a further 12 days of training made up of weekly training evenings and some weekend training.

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What happens to my civilian work when I am mobilised with the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Your job is protected during your mobilised service.

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How long is a tour of mobilised service with the Royal Naval Reserves?

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A tour of duty is usually 6 months, supplemented with some pre-deployment training. On completion, you will be entitled to paid Post Operational Leave.

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What happens if I am unable to attend every weekly Royal Navy Reserves training evening at my unit?

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Some absences from weekly training are understood and accepted, providing you have made the unit aware beforehand.  Being a Reservist is a big commitment so before applying to join you must ask yourself if you will be able to make the time, on a regular basis.

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Do I have to tell my employer that I am joining the Royal Naval Reserve?

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Yes, you are required to inform your employer that you’ve joined the RNR. Likewise, if you move to a new civilian job you will be required to notify your new employer. Find out more about the effect on your civilian job.

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Is there an opportunity to see if I like the Royal Navy Reserves before I apply?

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Yes. Where possible, your local RNR unit will encourage you to visit. You  may even be able to attend simple training sessions too. There are also opportunities to attend showcase weekends where you will be given the chance to take part in various activities.

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