Support for the whole family
From a wealth of practical benefits through to a thriving community of like-minded people sharing the same experiences; help and support is always at hand.
What it means to become part of our extended family
Protecting our people is our number one priority. It’s why we have the highest health and safety standards, and rigorous processes in place to make sure they’re met.
Whether we’re rescuing people to safety in a humanitarian mission or helping to resolve a global conflict, we’re prepared to deal with any risk and protect our people while they carry out their vital work.
Ratings and Officers can stay in touch during basic training, before they embark on role-specific professional training. This varies enormously, and can include time at sea, so staying in touch will depend on the demands and location of the training.
For Ratings, basic training lasts 10 weeks, and takes place at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall, while Officers spend 30 weeks at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth.
Operational demands take priority, naturally, but we make every effort to ensure our people can stay in touch with their loved ones at home.
All Royal Navy personnel get six weeks of paid holiday every year (on top of public holidays), along with additional allowances for time spent at sea in certain roles. Generally, there are three main leave periods per year: Easter, Summer and Christmas. There can be flexibility in these dates but this depends on the role, unit and its operational commitments.
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We’ll help you understand and navigate this unique way of life in a safe and secure environment.