First post on the network so please go easy. As much as I am seriously thinking about applying to join the RFA, these questions are nothing to do with my application. I have been in the army for 24+ years so, as much as I have read all (I think !!) of the threads drawing on a vast amount of information, I still have 2 questions. 1. When the RFA deploy into an operational zone, they become (as is the info I already have) sponsored reservists. So how does that work with the rank structure and the like. As I read it, on board you could have members of the Armed Forces. In the Army we have sponsored reservists that, on operations, become members of the army with the rank and commissions of the regular army, but, as much there are officers in the RFA, the training is a lot less than the regular navy and is not a commissionable course. 2. I think I read right (and I hope someone will correct me) but when joining a ship, is it always in a UK port ? If not, is it possible to join, and at the end of your 4,5 or more months, leave your ship to go on leave in a foreign port. Thanks.