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Do I get paid for the time I work and train with the Royal Naval Reserves?

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Yes you do. Pay rates vary according to your rank or rate.

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Do all members of the Royal Naval Reserve serve at sea?

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No, but much will depend on the job role assigned to you. Many Reservists will work ashore, rather than at sea.

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How much time will I need to take off work to complete the Royal Naval Reserves recruiting process?

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The Armed Forces Careers Offices will try to arrange many of the procedures on the same day.  Sometimes it’s not always feasible so we would suggest you plan on having to take two days off work.

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Can I be LGBT and serve in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines?

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Yes. The Naval Service is interested in people with potential to do their job, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.

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What support is provided for Naval Service personnel with families?

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The Naval Service provides a wide range of support to families of serving personnel. These include; flexible/alternative working patterns (operational commitment permitting), statutory maternity and paternity provision, support from the Naval Families Federation, Naval Personal and Family Service and RM Welfare groups providing comprehensive social work, community and advice service to Naval Service personnel and their families. Many Naval and Royal Marine establishments provide crèche facilities for working parents.

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I am married / have a partner. Will you help me with accommodation?

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Married quarters are available after you have completed basic training, but only for married couples. There is also service accommodation available for short term rental if families want to visit.

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Where can I find information about Committal of Ashes Services?

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These services are held in waters off the Naval Bases in Portsmouth, Plymouth and Scotland, these are conducted by a serving Royal Navy Chaplain for serving and ex service personnel and Veterans. 

For more information please contact the Naval Chaplain Service.

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What if my child wants to try the Royal Navy before committing?

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The Royal Navy runs a four-day acquaint course every week that gives prospective candidates a taster of what life will be like during initial training and on a ship or submarine. For more details speak to a Royal Navy Careers Adviser.

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What if my child wants to try the Royal Marines before committing?

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Your son may be able to take part in a week long “Look at Life course” at the Commando Training Centre (CTC) Lympstone. This is the first way of gaining some exposure to the Royal Marines but in order to find out more about what the life will be like, your son can attend the Potential Royal Marine Course or Potential Officer Course, also at Lympstone, which is a physical and mental test to see if your son has what it takes to successfully complete the full 32 weeks of Commando Training.

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