So now that I'm in the RNR, I've got a few options that I'm working on as my full time career...one of which is my NATS application to become an ATC, another is my business that I've run for 3 years and the other option is going full time RN. I'm 30 now so I have a few years to decide what I'm doing before it's too late to enter. However, a question I never seem to get a straight answer for is this: how much of the year do you actually (usually) spend away from home? We have friends who are married and one is in RN and one in RAF and they somehow seem to manage to live in the same place at the same time most of the year. I know deployments are usually 6 months max but how often are you deployed in the full time RN? What do you do when not deployed? Do you spend the time at home relaxing or are you usually based somewhere onshore doing other jobs in between?