Information on relocation is one of the key areas of information support provided by the HIVE and is readily available either in advance or on arrival at the receiving establishment.


The Naval Service supports a policy of freedom of choice as to whether personnel should serve accompanied or unaccompanied since it is considered desirable for dependants of personnel serving long periods at sea to put down roots in a community, often close to family and friends.

Those wishing to serve accompanied are assisted through relocation benefits and the provision of Service Families Accommodation (SFA), whilst those who serve unaccompanied receive assistance with house purchase and travel. The freedom to choose is greatly valued by Naval Service Personnel and forms a fundamental part of their conditions of service. The Naval Service wishes to retain its policy of freedom of choice of accompanied/unaccompanied service without financial penalty in order to achieve its desire for family stability.