Hi All, I've been researching my late father-in-laws Royal Navy history from when he joined in 1950 until 1974. I have his service records but a couple of things have got be a bit stumped... Firstly he served for EXACTLY 7 years from 28th Nov 1950 until 27th Nov 1957, then he left for around 18 months before rejoining (having to work through the ranks again!) and leaving for good in 1974. Can anyone tell me why he would have left the first time? What's the significance of being there for 7 years, is it to do with pay or benefits? Secondly when he rejoined he stayed until 1974 however just 3 weeks before leaving he was promoted from Petty Officer to Chief Petty Officer. The RN knew he was due to leave as they had sent him on a car maintenance course in readyness for civilian life. Why would he have been promoted right at the end of his career? Was it something to do with getting a better pension? Many thanks, Trevor.