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Holiday while in the military

ProudToServe

Midshipman
Hello,

I have a simple question, hopefully it makes sense; I was curious to know if that in your annual holidays, can you go abroad and enjoy holidays/travel? The conjunction that made me so skeptical is that one would be in the military and may be at risk while being in a foreign country

It was just a thought, any reassurance would be grand

PTS
 

fishhead

War Hero
Someone will be along to give you chapter and verse but in general if you're considering foreign travel while on leave( what the military call holidays) there are some countries you are not allowed to visit and you have to make sure you can complete your trip within the leave period. Bear in mind that ship's plans can change at short notice so no leave period is guaranteed to happen when it is forecast. i.e If you're booking months ahead you may end up disappointed and lose your money.
 

SheffGruff

Badgeman
A lot (but not all - check the small print) of travel insurance policies will cover you if you have to ditch a holiday because your authorised leave got cancelled.

Yes you can travel overseas, but it won't be to places like Russia or China.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
The UPO (roughly the RN version of pay and records on civvy speak) keeps an up to date list of prohibited countries. You'll have to request to take foreign leave, with contact details such as destination address and phone number.
 
There will almost certainly be a list somewhere, probably held by the Joss , that will give details of countries off limits and others where you need to notify someone, your DO probably, if you are planning a visit. Some of these will require a sit down talk with the Joss or some other regulator who will give you the ”be a good boy/girl and don’t get arrested cos we can’t bail you out” talk and you’ll have to sign a chit to say you’ve had the talk.
That’s how it works for certain places, including China, for MoD civvies so cant imagine Pusser will just let you roam the world willy billy without knowing where you’re going.
Luckily it wasn’t a problem at one time cos you couldn’t get anywhere foreign except Skeggy and after 9 months cruising and cementing diplomatic relations in the far flung corners of the Commonwealth your Mum’s cooking for two weeks sounded like heaven
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
I thought the RN was pretty much a fun holiday anyway?
After nine month’s away, you’ll be itching to get back onboard.
Safeguard.
 

soleil

War Hero
Hello,

I have a simple question, hopefully it makes sense; I was curious to know if that in your annual holidays, can you go abroad and enjoy holidays/travel? The conjunction that made me so skeptical is that one would be in the military and may be at risk while being in a foreign country

It was just a thought, any reassurance would be grand

PTS

It's worth checking out the Travel Insurance provision of companies like Pax.

 

System

Midshipman
Is this kind of thing different for different roles or is it pretty much universal for everyone in the RN? Aka, will a Intelligence Officer have the same restrictions as a Warfare Specialist, etc?
 

SheffGruff

Badgeman
The list of countries is the same for everybody

DV holders have specific notification requirements IIRC and your overseas travel will be part of annual aftercare
 
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