Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips Well I,ve just got up this morning in absolutely freezing weather here in Scotland and remembered a tip I wish i had been given when joining the navy.Buy some thermal undies for gods sake. It may appear wimpish but after doing a spell of duty in pussers trousers in a freezing gale for hours you,ll thank me for ever if your wearing a pair. I still remember the cold raising anchor in Portland harbour at 6am in the morning , I had never seen before my hands looking that blue colour before. Just be discreet and do not allow them to show . also get ready for all the naval teminology thats coming your way and the laughs and japes that people will have at your expense. The Duty watch does NOT require a key from stores. The Liberty Boat does NOT require a pair of oars. Best one i heard happened on board HMS Ardent . The chief stoker sent a jmem away to get some air hose from stores. He came back some time later with three mars bars. To which the chief expessed in deletives his thoughts and asked why he was being given three mars bars. The JMEM replied that the naffi had not got any Areoes and so he substituted mars bars instead.