Whether you choose to live in your home town or to move to be nearer your partner then there are numerous positives and negatives for each option that you will have to consider. Ultimately the choice is yours but this section will help in weighing up those pro's and con's.
Long distance relationships can be tough, especially when the level of seperation is unpredictable. However, they are manageable if approached properly, and offer specific benefits than moving to the port/unit area may not.
By remaining in your hometown you are able to remain in familiar surroundings, where you already know where amenities and services are. You are also more likely to be closer to family and friends and the support networks to assist in times of separation. You are also more likely to continue any existing education or employment if you remain in one place, compared to those who choose to move with the Serving person from place to place.
These advantages do, however come at a price. Your partner will be unlikely to return home except for weekends and leave periods, unless your home is within commuting distance. They may receive additional travel warrants to assist with returning home but, travel costs may need to be a consideration as may differences in house prices.
If you are married, you will be entitled to Service Family Accommodation near to where your partner is serving. Additionally, living in a port area enables you to be close to specialist Naval support services such as sports facilities, Community Centres, pre school provision and Welfare Support.
Ultimately, only you and your partner know what's best for you. The decision to remain or to move is a significant one, and requires careful consideration. One approach is to draw up a pro's and con's chart, where you list all the arguements for and against each option. This will allow you to see all the things you need to consider before making a decision. If you need assistance about relocation, local unit or civilian facilities the HIVE is a good place to start.
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