Hi All. I'm currently going through the recruitment process for Logistics Officer; AIB is coming up in the next few months. I'm at the point in the recruitment process where the chance of me joining up is becoming very real for my family, and they are - understandably - concerned and full of questions. I've searched through the forums and the RN site and still can't answer many of them, so thought I'd turn to you guys in the hope you're able to help me answer some of their questions/concerns. Thank you in advance! Bit of background: I'm coming into the RN after a few years in civvy street following university. My partner and I have been together 5 years (not yet married!) and have recently bought a house together. 1) What is the support network REALLY like for loved ones at home when you're deployed? Obviously the RN will tell you 'officially' that it's fantastic, but I'd appreciate any personal experience you've had. 2) I understand that the leave entitlement is 38 days + bank holidays. I also understand (before anyone says it!) that leave is totally dependent on operational requirements. Question is: How does the leave actually work (in theory, operational circumstances aside)? I.e. can you take 4 weeks in a block or are you restricted to, say, 2 weeks at a time? Do you have to take leave at set times or can you take it at any time (operational circumstances dictating etc!)? If you have been at sea for, say, 6 months do you get additional leave as you will have been working basically 24/7 whilst at sea? I assume not as that's part of the job, but again - they asked the question! 3) When at a shore establishment how does leave/weekends/evenings work, again operational circumstances dependent? I.e. can you go home to see family at weekends or in the evenings if they're near by? Or do you have to remain on-base? 4) How often am I likely to be moved around (i.e. between ships, shore establishments etc)? I believe it's about every 18 months but is this a guide more than a rule? 5) Is there any opportunity at all for leave (assume not) or at least weekends at home during BRNC/ILOC? My family and partner live in Devon so easy to get home from Dartmouth/Raleigh but I assume there's absolutely zero 'free' time during BRNC particularly. I'm really sorry if these seem stupid questions but they're the concerns my family have, and I feel I owe it to them to give them honest answers so they are aware of what I - and they - are entering into. Thanks!