Staying in touch

Joining the Royal Navy or Royal Marines is a big step. It might be the first time your child has been away from home for a long period of time. Even if it's not, you'll want to know how they're doing. So when your son or daughter is at sea they'll get 20 minutes worth of free satellite calls a week. They can also bring their mobile phone on board. But there are restrictions as to when they can use them. You can also send letters and parcels while they're at sea. 

And if you need to get hold of them in an emergency, you can. Just visit to find out more.

Keeping you up to date  

Throughout your child's training at HMS Raleigh, the Maritime Warfare School at Collingwood or the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre we'll write and keep you posted on their progress. We also run family days so you can come and visit your son or daughter at their training centre. Finally, if they successfully complete their training you'll have the proud privilege of watching their passing out parade.  

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    The well being and safety of our recruits is our number one concern. Joining the Royal Navy or Royal Marines could be the first time your child has spent a long time away from home and we take our responsibility for their welfare very seriously.

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