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  1. Yes, it was a good choice for me!

  2. No, wish I had done something different!

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  1. Hello all,

    Just wanted to start a poll to see who was happy in their choice of joining the services... Greatfully appreciate your time and responses..


    MOD: Edited poll for you! I am unsure of this topic, will see if it goes ok. If not it will be deleted.
  2. Joining the real navy after the Ganges stint was a great pleasure. :D Travelling around the world on the grey funnel line at the age of 17 was a great experience.I left after 12 years because the navy was running out of ships and the empire was getting smaller.A great time,with great mates,would do it all again. 8) (except the ganges bit) :roll:
  3. . Joined jan 56 left july 79,iwould do it all again,iwould have signed on if id been able to but not in those days,a fifth five was a rare thing,and i still love naval company even tho my son is achief tiff on boats,having worked with the RAF for many years before i retired.......nuff said


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  4. No regrets at all, Should have signed on but joined Plod instead, not a patch on Pusser. Go for it.

  5. more than happy with my choice only reason i left was the prospect of standing on the main gate for 5 to 7 yrs noo ships or promotions available recommend it to anyone and do it all myself again great life great mates served 75 to 89
  6. 1963 to 1973. Would do it all again, plus the extra. Not just for the Pension, but ain't there some rubbish jobs and 'workmates' (won't call them Oppos) in civvy street?
    Could be living in the Med now! 8) :wink:
  7. I would agree entirely with this, especially the comment on Ganges!* :lol: Great way to travel at the taxpayers expense! :D Free kitting out (well that used to happen), regular meals (even at Ganges when you were allowed to have them, negative the rubberized eggs :roll: for breakfast), comradeship and an oversized family (the Andrew). In my view the comradeship beats a battleship anytime :lol:

    *crying oneself to sleep, homesickness, doing a bunk and getting flogged - apart from THAT it was OK.
  8. Lovin it! Joined in 97 so pretty much a Sprog - but all in all not a bad life - embrase the change and ride the waves and everyone loves it deep down!
  9. 71 - 92.....best years of my life. Only left because medical discharge. I would do it all again (if only I could)

  10. 18 years done, 5 years to do. Can't wait to leave then maybe I'll look back and say how great it was!
  11. the_matelot

    the_matelot War Hero Moderator

    Joined in '97, branch changed in '02, got my PO's last year, cracking on with a OU honours degree.

    If I were to do anything different, I would've shagged that wren chef who retraded to mem (sarah o......) when I had the chance to do so in Pier Cellars during basic @ Raleigh......
  12. Enjoyed the first 12-15 years or so, then not really enjoyed it - too many erosions of terms and conditions, too many changes in how we work. Been misemployed too often, and pension trapped to be honest. Took me a couple of years to realise until I got my finger out and got an OU degree and started to make it work for me. Final year now, the last two years have been great, but I have the benefit of looking at it as a means to an end. Lots of good people still in, but there are some tossers that I would not lob a lifesaving float to if they were drowning in the bath.

    Would I do it again? Possibly.
  13. I wasn't too keen on my first 23 years, but then I had 2 years RDP so it wasn't bad.
  14. Did from 1956 till 1985 I think I saw it all --the old Navy and the New in its early stages .
    Did the last half of my time on boats and it was beginning to pish me off cos it was the same old gear and different boats. Definately type cast and stuck in it!

    However --yes I would do it all again had some good times in the mob.

    The pension is good too!!
  15. Joined Ganges in '50 and then to the proper Navy. Small ships once on the Dieppe made me realise thats the place to be rather than get lost on cruisers etc. Joined boats, even better oppos left in 59 cos some pratt said you can only stay in boats for 5 yrs. Great time, Great mates I'm still in touch with a few of them

    "Travel the world - visit the worlds pubs"
  16. I joined at the time national service was still in place and although I volunteered for twelve I had that chip on my shoulder of being pressganged. I regret that now as the navy was terrific with the lot, travel, sport, education. It will be what you make it although I don't know to what extent it has changed. I often wonder how the multi-cultural bit is going and of course the change of rules on homosexuals and females at sea. Some quite significant changes. I would give it a try however and if you put your heart into it the navy will respond,

    :D :D :D
  17. Joined in 64 after 2 years RNR. Left in 75. Would I do it again, probably yes, but I might not go for the same engagement as I did, and may be I should have been an engineer.

    If you had asked me the same question 10 years ago it would have been 100% yes, but the forces are being so messed about by the present governement that I am not so certain. Mind you that is one of the reasons I got out any way, my last boat was really mucked about by polititians.

  18. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    I have done more years than I care to mention, then signed on again! There is not a single thing I would have done differently to be honest. Like all things change is hard to deal with when you aren't involved in the decision to make it! I have seen a lot of change, coped with it, managed it and learnt to deal with it.....................even if I haven't agreed with it.

    It comforts me to think that the people who dictate change are generally only doing so after consulting people like me, I therefore always speak my mind and try to be honest in my opinions ensuring I can back them up with a valid argument. I am sure most matlows would claim to do this, on the other hand if I don't know what I am talking about I shut the F*CK up!
  19. Very interesting... Looks like good feed back, could do with some adventure in my life at the mo...

    Thanks a lot guys, been helpful.
  20. Man and boy, being in the Navy opened doors for me that would never have been available had I not joined.
    Would do it again if it was how it used to be, but as it is now? Nah!
    As far as I am concerned, it is not the proud service it once was. Crying shame, but true...

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