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What is the difference between Officers and Other Ranks?

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Ratings form the majority of the workforce and fit into a hierarchy based on experience and supervisory capability. Officers make up the management team, providing leadership and specialist knowledge.

There are different entry requirements for ratings and officers, and details can be found on the relevant job pages.

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What is Royal Marines Young Officer training like and how long will I serve for?

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Royal Marines Young Officer Training is challenging but very rewarding. You are given a great deal of responsibility and expected to behave accordingly. You'll be given some fantastic opportunities and enjoy a great social life with a lot of new mates. The initial commission is for 12 years. A career commission would be for 20 years or up to age 40, whichever is longer.

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What's the best way to prepare for the Royal Marines Potential Officers Course and the Admiralty Interview Board?

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Making sure you have a good understanding of current affairs and the world situation is really important - start reading and watching the news! Making sure you're fit is a given, and keep up-to-date with what the Royal Marines are doing - the website's great for that. Also take a look at psychometric books and work through the exercises they give you. Finally, and most importantly, be positive and be yourself.

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Will I get time to spend with my family after I come back from a deployment?

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Operational tours last approximately 9 months, and it can be difficult to be away from home for so long. But when you return and have sorted out  kit etc, you will get  post-op leave, standard leave and usually a week's CO's leave, giving you plenty of time to spend with your family.

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Can I transfer to another Reserves unit if I move to a different part of the country?

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Yes you can. Even if there’s no unit near your new home, you may be able to stay in the Royal Naval Reserve, but this will depend on your job role in the RNR.

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Can women join the Royal Naval Reserve?

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Yes they can. Currently women make up approximately 25 per cent of the RNR.

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Do all members of the Royal Naval Reserve serve at sea?

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No, but much will depend on the job role assigned to you. Many Reservists will work ashore, rather than at sea.

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Do I get paid for the time I work and train with the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Yes you do. Pay rates vary according to your rank or rate.

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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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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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