SRR - Navy or Army officer?

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Evening chaps.

Apolagies if I've posted in the wrong section, not posted before.

I have a few questions.

I am planning on joining either the RN or army as an officer. For the RN my choice would be warfare officer, sub specialising in Mine countermeasures and diving. Divers in the navy are (from what I know) one of the only branches that go into UKSF from the navy, Royals excluded.

I've been interested in the SRR for a long time. I'm seriously interested in intelligence and surveillance roles within the army. The Int corps appeals to me to work in HUMINT roles. As far as I know you have to of served for at least a few years before applying for the SRR and I hear going Int corps is a good first step.

If I'm honest, either way being an RN or army officer in whatever role is just a stepping stone for me wanting to do SRR. But I do have to consider if that doesn't work out, something to fall back on.

I know it's up to me, but from anyone with experience, what would be my best bet?

One more thing, I have been offered a place to study at the University of Copenhagen for three years. But as I have strong Irish connections have applied for Dublin Uni as well. Because I'll be living out there (either one for three years), will that effect me joining? Because I know you have to of been living in the UK as a permenant resident for five unbroken years to join. Does that include british citizens (no dual citizenship) who has lived here their whole life?

Sorry for the long post, any answers would be most welcome.

Cheers lads.
 
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SRR is tri-service endeavour so service matters not.

Reference living overseas, no problem, nor having dual Irish-nationality
 
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Sorting out your spooling and grammar may help.
 

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Reference living overseas, no problem, nor having dual Irish-nationality
I wouldn't be so sure about that. You'll need to be able to get DV so it all depends on your family overseas. I can't imagine living abroad will be an issue unless you plan on repeated trips to moscow. It's all case-by-case though so the only thing to be done is giving it a go.

For the OP: all UKSF is tri-service. Given that the pass rate is about 10% and you'll have to serve for a couple of years first, you should focus on getting into a part of the forces that you want to join. You also won't have had any form of brief on SF units so I wouldn't commit yourself to doing anything until you have.
 
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Evening chaps.

Apolagise if I've posted in the wrong section, not posted before.

I have a few questions.

I am planning on joining either the RN or army as an officer. For the RN my choice would be warfare officer, sub specialising in Mine countermeasures and diving. Divers in the navy are (from what I know) one of the only branches that go into UKSF from the navy, Royals excluded.

I've been interested in the SRR for a long time. I'm seriously interested in intelligence and surveillance roles within the army. The Int corps appeals to me to work in HUMINT roles. As far as I know you have to of served for at least a few years before applying for the SRR and I hear going Int corps is a good first step.

If I'm honest, either way being an RN or army officer in whatever role is just a stepping stone for me wanting to do SRR. But I do have to consider if that doesn't work out, something to fall back on.

I know it's up to me, but from anyone with experience, what would be my best bet?

One more thing, I have been offered a place to study at the University of Copenhagen for three years. But as I have strong Irish connections have applied for Dublin Uni as well. Because I'll be living out there (either one for three years), will that effect me joining? Because I know you have to of been living in the UK as a permenant resident for five unbroken years to join. Does that include british citizens (no dual citizenship) who has lived here their whole life?

Sorry for the long post, any answers would he most welcome.

Cheers lads.
Ever thought of joining the PWRR?

In all seriousness, join what you will enjoy the most. You'll do it a lot before the opportunity even arises for SRR, and you may have to go back to it. Capbadge doesn't matter for applying.
 
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I wouldn't be so sure about that. You'll need to be able to get DV so it all depends on your family overseas. I can't imagine living abroad will be an issue unless you plan on repeated trips to moscow. It's all case-by-case though so the only thing to be done is giving it a go.
I've known people with Russian and Iranian relatives who are DV'd...its about identifying the risk, not simply applying dumb factors.
 
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Ever thought of joining the PWRR?

In all seriousness, join what you will enjoy the most. You'll do it a lot before the opportunity even arises for SRR, and you may have to go back to it. Capbadge doesn't matter for applying.
Yes I have. I've got family in it and it always looked good. I'd love to, but intelligence roles appeal to me more than being a platoon commander. Of course there are recce platoon and company int officer but how much they do on that front I'm not sure on.
 
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Yes I have. I've got family in it and it always looked good. I'd love to, but intelligence roles appeal to me more than being a platoon commander. Of course there are recce platoon and company int officer but how much they do on that front I'm not sure on.
Intelligence roles may require you to research shit sometimes.
 

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Do you have officer divers in the Navy, or is it like the army, in that the officers manage, the OR's do (generalisation)
 
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Intelligence roles may require you to research shit sometimes.
Oh I've researched and then some. The only book I recall an infantry recce platoon being mentioned was Sniper One. And from what I remember of that, sniper platoon did more than they did. But then again, the book wasn't about them.

Typing in 'recce platoon' doesn't come up with a comprehensive and informative guide of day to day life unfortunately. The British army website is next to useless. The people I know in the infantry aren't anything to do with Int or recce so they're no help either.

Perhaps you could shed some light?
 
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Do you have officer divers in the Navy, or is it like the army, in that the officers manage, the OR's do (generalisation)
From what I've read, the officers are qualified to the same extent. When they reach LT, they are posted to be 2/ic of a minehunter boat in the gulf. But as the boats are small, they can't carry a whole complement of divers and so if there was a mine, the XO will be down there with them.
 
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