We used to heat ours up on the coal stove in the middle of the Nissan hut.
My son is at Raleigh now, he's been there 4 weeks. But is on week 3 as he got back classed due to being ill. He's phoned me and said his head is a shed and he's thought about coming home. But he's changed his mind and is sticking it out. He's only 16. There is a lot of support from officers etc. It's a case of pushing through with your head down. Good luck.How well did the younger ones adapt? I'm 16 and joining up once I've left school (I've already applied and going through the process) and just wondering how much of a shock it is.
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i used to post every now and then on here for a good while till i went to Raleigh, thought i had my life sorted when i stepped off the train at plymouth station but i was very wrong. its no secret basic training is hard and i knew that so before i left i practiced and practiced with the ironing and folding only getting angry at myself when i just couldnt do it, its my own fault for not accepting help off my mam and dad when they offered, that was barely a reason i left, though. when i look back at my 3/4 weeks at raleigh and the year and half leading up to me going i had hope, this was the only thing ive ever wanted to do, still is. but i bottled it. i didnt realise how different it is to my life at home, so being a young lad (18, 17 at raleigh) i struggled adapting (i know people are different) but once i started adapting i had decided to go, like a idiot. its still the biggest mistake of my life (so far) i have 3 years yet before i can go back, hopefully reduced when i appeal after i get my plumbing qualification in a year or 2. if you're going to raleigh/at raleigh and you're going through a hard time remember its worth it, im back on the crime ridden shit hole i grew up in, nothing ever changes back home, no matter how bad you think raleigh is if one of the reasons you want to be in the navy is to get out of your area itll never ever change no matter how much you dream it will, just remember some of the people you will meet will have your back more after 3/4 weeks than some of the mates youve known all your life, i know this from experience, a big one stay off your phone. it kills you when you're having a bad day and you wanna ring your mam/dad/family/dog/girlfriend, it just makes you want to be at home, if i could go back now id lock my phone away till the weekend as a sort of treat for getting through the weeks. like i said, i have 3 years before i can go back, hopefully reduced when i appeal. the navy is still my dream and i kick myself everytime i think about the navy or see the adverts or talk to the lads i met who are doing their training. itll be hard at times and youll think "why the **** am i here?" but know its for the better. since i got out ive got a few trades qualifications and am going back to college but id much rather be down at HMS Collingwood with the lads i met. it makes me genuinely a bit sad to type this as i never thought i would but such is life.
i am determined to go back and pass out the next time, im a lot of things but im not a quitter. and remember:
"being defeated is temporary, giving up makes it permanent"
Just support, ask him to speak with his peers, see how they are doing.my son is at the end of his first week he was like you so excited been seeing pictures come up of his group on HMS Raleigh and thinking he didn't look right i got a phone call last night and he said hes finding it really hard tired and stressed its just non stop what advise would you be able to give me to pass on would really appreciate your help as you've been in his position by the sounds of it please
I was under the impression they get sent to next of kin, in the first or second week, are you his next of kin?thank you just being a typical mum i think he knows how to get to me and make me worry lol so used to having everything done for him i think it would be so easy for me to just say give up but i wont do it i have to be positive with him and tell him to keep going it will be okay he hasn't given me any contact details so far should he have?