Entirely branch dependent, how long is a piece of string?
The RN now use a system called JPA to do pretty much everything (badly) and you'll be given the opportunity there to state your drafting preference. Although it is only a preference, if you request Portsmouth but the RN needs people on Plymouth ships, you'll be going to Plymouth.
At one time, drafty out of spite was sending WEMs to the opposite south coast port. i.e. if youwanted Guzz, you got Pompey and vicky verka.
Met many a greenie who had played the game and had got what they wanted by asking for something different. This may not make sense but me lunch is about to burn and haven't got time to re-read this as I'm orf sharpish ....
Thanks for the replys people!!! sounds abit out of order to purpously send people to RN bases/ships they dont want to go, but then again you go where your told i suppose simple as that the Rn's intrests come before your own!!! couldnt you get around this for applying for a ship you know 100% docked at the port you want??
I wasn't given a choice, I got put on ADAWS training and away I went on 42's. After first ship I always asked for GUZZ, however as I was ADAWS trained I only got 42's. I got Culdrose as a chosen shore draft then drafty forgot to tell me I was supposed to have left the ship to go on draft there. Then drafty forgot about me and my 3 month shore draft became close to 9 months.