How long did you serve?

How long did you serve?


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Ageing_Gracefully

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87% of responders "Less than 4 years". That is a bit of a shock. I take it either the Navy have a retention problem or people who served longer than four years are not attracted by Rum Ration!
 
What bloody use is 4 years.I hope you 87% don`t really consider that you were in the navy and brag about it.You will have the real navy splitting their sides.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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87% of responders "Less than 4 years". That is a bit of a shock. I take it either the Navy have a retention problem or people who served longer than four years are not attracted by Rum Ration!
Minimum service now is nearer 4.5 years (Complete phase two training + 30 months return of service + 12 months to quit). Average matelot currently serves about 6.5 years upon leaving. Royals serve an average of 11 years at present.

This thread started over ten years ago and my guess is there was possibly a load of national service guys using the site. What those chaps managed to do in just two years is phenominal :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

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I was just surprised at such a huge majority serving just one period of enlistment.
Yep, funny thing is a huge number (in retrospect) will say it was the best time of their life, they don't regret it and wish they had never left.

Yet, at the point of exit, a good number burn their bridges and close the door to re-entry. The most common drip I hear is "all the fun has gone" or "it's changed from when I joined". I remember first hearing that on February 16th 1981 when I joined, too.

I was lucky enough to actually spend my 36th nautical birthday (yesterday) at sea in the on HMS Charger (Thank you Charger). Pure fluke, completely forgot it was my birthday and didn't even realise I'd be escorting a bunch of potential matelots on a sprint down the Solent. Hell, we even had a fire exercise and man overboard drills. What's not to like?

Has it changed? Nah, not really. We have, our priorities change as we settle down & get fed up with separation & travelling, but for those prepared to stick it out and gain promotion it generally balances out. 87% of those polling on this thread appear to have left before they had chance to truly find out the good bits, concentrating on the bad.
 
ninja met both types of early leavers, when they reflect back they had a great time, one where I work says his misses nagged him out, then after nagged him to divorce he regrets leaving the others had a blast loved it but it was time to move on, even those that dripped all the way out had regrets, you role the dice and take your chances?

Ps happy anniversary Ninja
 

Ninja_Stoker

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ninja met both types of early leavers, when they reflect back they had a great time, one where I work says his misses nagged him out, then after nagged him to divorce he regrets leaving the others had a blast loved it but it was time to move on, even those that dripped all the way out had regrets, you role the dice and take your chances?

Ps happy anniversary Ninja
Lost count of the number of rejoiners I've processed for re-entry after quitting for a partner, regretting it bitterly, splitting-up and rejoining. It seems to happen most to young Royals in Recruit Training, if they haven't got the full support from family and/or partner, there's a high probability they'll wrap before week 26.

PS: Cheers! :)
 

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