#1
Hi all,

I'm finishing my A-Levels and looking at joining either the Army or Navy upon finishing at the end of June next year. My original idea of role was being part of the police sector for either, as that was my initial idea of a civi job. I've taken the initial steps in joining both but the navy didn't give me anywhere near as much information as the army, and so I was hoping for some help on deciding which path I should take. Some answers to questions I have would be very helpful if anyone could help please:

-How much time is spent at sea as a RNP
-Whats the life like outside of working life in RNP
-Whats living accommodation like for RNP
-What are day to day roles for either branch of police

Whenever I've been to the careers office they've never really answered my questions, and so any help would be very appreciated! If I were to join the army I'd be open to most officer roles, not just restrictive to the police. Thanks in advance.
 
#2
Hi all,

I'm finishing my A-Levels and looking at joining either the Army or Navy upon finishing at the end of June next year. My original idea of role was being part of the police sector for either, as that was my initial idea of a civi job. I've taken the initial steps in joining both but the navy didn't give me anywhere near as much information as the army, and so I was hoping for some help on deciding which path I should take. Some answers to questions I have would be very helpful if anyone could help please:

-How much time is spent at sea as a RNP
-Whats the life like outside of working life in RNP
-Whats living accommodation like for RNP
-What are day to day roles for either branch of police

Whenever I've been to the careers office they've never really answered my questions, and so any help would be very appreciated! If I were to join the army I'd be open to most officer roles, not just restrictive to the police. Thanks in advance.
Google “NavyNet” or Rum Ration - you may get a better response.
 
#4
The RNP has only been running direct entry to the branch for a couple of years now. Because the training pipeline is quite bespoke, it’s only in the last few months that trainees who have entered the RN directly as Coppers have commenced operational Policing duties. Previous to this, RNP made sideways entry transfers from other RN branches, in which they would have served in for two to maybe fifteen years. That would be my guess why the RN recruiters can’t provide you with a great deal of information.

The bulk of RNP, RMP and RAFP training is co-located, and there are a number of Joint Service Police units where all three Service Police personnel serve together.

For the most part, the RMP will spend a lot more time conducting core Policing duties, within Army Garrisons around the country.

The RNP is much smaller, circa 300 personnel, split between three RNP ‘uniform’ units at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Faslane, an SIB unit (think CID) split between two offices at Portsmouth and Plymouth, small RNP offices at each of the training establishments and Air Stations, and normally two RNP in each Ship which is Frigate/Destroyer size and larger. There are also small numbers spread around non RNP jobs around the RN, and some at the other Joint Service Police units previously mentioned.

The RNP are more heavily involved with the Discipline side of Military Offences, than what the Army or RAF would be involved.

In your first 8-10 years of RNP service, you could expect to spend 4 years in a Ship.

Hope this is helpful.


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#8
Just my opinion, but if you want to join the army or navy pick a job that looks exciting, do that, and then think about civpol.
Over the last 22 years I have come across lots of ex forces in the job, myself included, some of whom are ex service police. I don't think it gives you any significant advantages. You either have the aptitude to be a cop or not.
Not really a regret, but if I had my time again I would focus on enjoying being a soldier, rather than focussing on a trade that I haven't touched since I left.
The only unknown is as per Guzzijon's comment above re direct entry at senior officer level. But then I have a 22 year PC's opinion of that as well!
Good luck in whatever you choose.
 

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#9
#11
It would be interesting to know whether a few years in the RMP would be more or less advantageous than a degree in seeking direct entry Inspector in civpol.
Maybe something for you to consider if the latter is your ultimate aim.
Direct Entry at Inspector | Police Recruitment
Supposedly (and I stress, this is rumour mill much more than fact) it isn't an advantage as the training/process is different and Civvie Police aren't sure they can train the Army way out of you apparently. Entirely based on rumour though unless someone else has seen such feedback.
 
#12
Hi all,

I'm finishing my A-Levels and looking at joining either the Army or Navy upon finishing at the end of June next year. My original idea of role was being part of the police sector for either, as that was my initial idea of a civi job. I've taken the initial steps in joining both but the navy didn't give me anywhere near as much information as the army, and so I was hoping for some help on deciding which path I should take. Some answers to questions I have would be very helpful if anyone could help please:

-How much time is spent at sea as a RNP
-Whats the life like outside of working life in RNP
-Whats living accommodation like for RNP
-What are day to day roles for either branch of police

Whenever I've been to the careers office they've never really answered my questions, and so any help would be very appreciated! If I were to join the army I'd be open to most officer roles, not just restrictive to the police. Thanks in advance.
Navy at least 8 months a year at sea, no thank you
 
#13
Navy at least 8 months a year at sea, no thank you
Surely, for a young guy thinking about joining the Royal Navy, eight months a year at sea doesn’t seem enough?
If I was the OP I’d be more concerned that as an RN monkey I’d be posted ashore for my entire career.
 

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