I found R.R. by pure accident;; and had not given any thought to my time in the mob for yonks o.k.Reading the topics and forums ; those still serving and wannabes seem so bloody intense. Have things really changed so much since the 1950s?There are ratesand branches that i've never heard off. I just woke up one morning thought about forign travel and the best rig for bird pulling and ambled down to the recruiting office. A Sgt bootneck asked "What would you knock a nail in with?" I said a screwdriver he said near enough and that was that. A medical and on arrival at Victoria Barracks Southsea a junior writer did the singing on and thats it 16 years of age and no chance to reconsider and the first two years did not count; but you were still subject to the naval discipline act. What is a passing out ceremony And families day?At the end of part one training it was kit muster and move over for part two I had my first leave three months after joining.I'm not dripping or bragging just stating facts. I gave the matter some belated thought and decided to lie back and enjoy it. Had a great time. my advice to newbees;- Dont be first but dont be last, never draw attention to your self, the least senior rates who know your name the better,and always have a chitty to cover your arse. Stood me in good stead but then I was bad company. Seriously though are to days sailors so very different to my day?