Initial Naval Training (Ratings)

Recruits come from all over the UK and overseas. Ranging from 16- year-olds to 37-year-olds, they are all looking for a unique challenge.

At HMS Raleigh trainees are placed in classes of about 30. Over the next action-packed and challenging 10 weeks, the team complete targeted training which will enable them to develop the Royal Navy's core values of Commitment, Courage, Discipline, Respect, Integrity and Loyalty.

They will learn some basic skills, such as self discipline, teamwork and overcoming problems. In addition, they will be taught how to fire a SA80 assault rifle and other skills required of all sailors. 

Recruits are given a taste of how to operate as a team tackling floods and fires at sea and they will also have to pass a first aid course.  Fitness is crucial and a progressive regime will test individuals' ability to, climb High Ropes and complete the assault and obstacle courses.

Training is as practical and active as possible, using simulators and a decommissioned warship to give recruits a real taste of their future careers and the environments in which they will work and fight.  The latest technology is used to make classroom learning interesting and interactive.

INT is physically and mentally challenging with a focus on teamwork and individual development. Most recruits think it's rewarding, enjoyable and underpinned by a strong sense of military discipline, integrity and personal pride.

In addition to the regular Service recruits, new recruits to the Royal Navy Reserve also undertake their exceptionally busy two week induction course on site.

Standing on the parade ground at the end of training is a proud occasion for all involved - recruits, instructors and the families and friends watching in the stands.