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Is it a good idea to have a 'girlfriend' or a 'wife' when in the Navy?

MrIndeed

Midshipman
What are the chances of being cheated upon?

What are the chances of returning back to the shores of Britain to find your wife has taken all your shit?

What are the chances of still being in a relationship?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
1, About 16.3:1, but first you have to find someone initially attracted to you. If a person is attracted to someone with obvious insecurity issues, then there's often a self-fulfilling prophecy. You may even find there's an ulterior motive to exploit their naivety. Others just invent statistical data to illustrate a point.

2. If ever you get married, you'll realise your possessions are no longer your own anyway. Unless anything breaks, then it's yours again.

3. Matelots have a higher than average divorce rate and the reasons centre on separation & independent living - for both. A person that can cope with separation may not always be an ideal partner when together 24/7 and one that wants 24/7 togetherness is often the cause of many a wasted Naval career.

Incidentally, the above applies to male or female matelots.
 

slim

War Hero
A matelot should have as many girlfriends as can afford to keep him in booze and sex. He should also have a many wives as posibble in so long as their husbands do not find out
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
A matelot should have as many girlfriends as can afford to keep him in booze and sex. He should also have a many wives as posibble in so long as their husbands do not find out
Isn't there a Naval toast about just that? "Wives & Girlfriends, may they never meet".
 

ElQuesoGrande

Lantern Swinger
No, there are no married personnel in the RN. It's possible in principle, but pretty much unheard of in practice. I heard, once, of an Admiral who had tied the knot, but it's probably a gash dit.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Yes, there was. But not now . . . not if we want to incur the wrath of 2SL
Yep, it is no longer the case, thankfully & rightly. That said, it would be rather sad to censor a historic record of sexism in the Naval service, pretending it never existed.

Similarly, on the subject of changing history, Naval Ratings never used to swear an oath of allegiance for 500 years, but those joining today do. It makes not a jot of difference, nor does a marrige vow to some, but sanitising history doesn't alter the true history. :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Why was the oath brought in? I'm quite proud never to have had to swear an oath. Unlike my dirty crab and pongo oppos.
I imagine it was brought in as a result of the last Armed Forces act, but it was unleashed at HMS Raleigh a couple or three years ago.

Those already serving have not been retrospectively made to swear an oath (beyond "Get F*cked"), which kind of proves it is completely meaningless, pointless & another stunner from the SO1 "good ideas club".
 

Blackrat

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
What are the chances of being cheated upon?

What are the chances of returning back to the shores of Britain to find your wife has taken all your shit?

What are the chances of still being in a relationship?

Are you a real person?
 

Sumo

War Hero
3. Matelots have a higher than average divorce rate and the reasons centre on separation & independent living - for both. A person that can cope with separation may not always be an ideal partner when together 24/7 and one that wants 24/7 togetherness is often the cause of many a wasted Naval career.

Incidentally, the above applies to male or female matelots.

It was hell when I finally came home to live full time 13 years after I left the MOB
 
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guestm

Guest
What are the chances of being cheated upon?
To be honest I think you'll be fine, judging from your posts I'm not sure you'll be at the top of the food chain when it comes to relationships. As long as she leaves the nightclub before ten to two you should be ok. Being a bottom feeder probably has it's benefits that way.

What are the chances of returning back to the shores of Britain to find your wife has taken all your shit?
She owns it anyway, you'll learn that.

What are the chances of still being in a relationship?

If it's you? Nil.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
I seem to recall (from anecdotes - or perhaps anecdits) that several marriages came to an abrupt end when following a gear room fire, Illustrious returned to Pompey 2 days into an 8 month deployment. Always best to phone ahead and not try to surprise the good lady. There may be more surprises that you can take.
 
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