End of ROP/CAA

jabra

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Wondering if anyone could shed some light.

I read in the Sep/Oct 2020 edition of Globe & Laurel a Capt write about ROP and its new bells and whistles. He mentions that at the end of ROP and the Commando Aptitude Assessment, a recruit that fails can return to start ROP for a second attempt. If the recruit fails again, they are 'offered the opportunity to continue with the Royal Navy transfer to another service or discharged'. My question is about the transfer to another service bit; How does that process happen and how long would a recruit expect to wait before starting rating training at a RN training base? They would be up to entry fitness standards, so is it a case of literally turning up at a different base on a said date? I do believe that this is not a well known option either.

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My question is about the transfer to another service bit; How does that process happen and how long would a recruit expect to wait before starting rating training at a RN training base?
Some Royal Navy branches are under-manned and I understand that it might be possible for an adequately qualified individual who has an appropriate recommendation by CTCRM to transfer without undue delay. But I also understand that some RN branches have a significant 'waiting list' so choice of branch to which one might transfer could be limited.

@The guide may offer a reality check if he spots this.
 

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Thanks for the information.

Would you happen to know which branches are under-manned and which are currently inundated with applications?
 

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If you go on the RN website & role finder you can filter it for “fast track applications”. I’m assuming these are the under manned ones
 

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@jabra As mentioned above by @Chelonian, this is only on a recommendation from the PSO (personal selection officer). It would be a paperwork exercise with the actual person requiring to have a discussion (interview) as to why they want to join the particular RN branch they may have opted for, in regards to the other services you will go via their recruitment process so cannot speak to that issue.

Ideally, they would release you from the RM and give you a start date at HMS Raleigh, this would hopefully coincide with the start date of the trade training course so to allow for this there may be a time gap to start of RN training where you could be placed into holding at CTC to work in stores or such like, or if lucky and only a short period sent on home leave (i have known both to happen).

As for shortage branches these, of course, they do change slightly - but as a general rule - most Submarine roles (apart from SM engineering roles), Mine Warfare, Warfare Branch, Survival Equipment Technicians, Communications Information Specialists and Chefs are the top ones, as a point of note the timings for entry into the RN are going up and some branches are well over a year from the application and some are up to 15 months + so the opportunity to cross over may become more limited, unless you ask for an actual shortage branch - I have recently had phase one RM recruits who have completed 10 weeks plus declined for entry into the RN as an engineer as a rejoin- but could rejoin as RM.
 
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