People say that these are the two subjects that will kill a conversation so I thought I would make use of my (relative) anonymity and raise a few questions I have about it here. 1. I realise the Navy has a large Christian heritage along with the rest of Britain. As an atheist what is expected of me? Will I have to attend certain services etc? Do officers ever have to lead prayers etc? 2. As a member of a political party does this at all effect me? Will I have to leave it? (It is a mainstream party, not the CPGB or the BNP.) 3. How do you vote if you are on base or on duty? None of my beliefs nor the answers you give will deter me from the job not effect my ability to be a good officer, I will do what ever it takes, I am merely asking out of curiosity. I understand that the Navy is an open organisation that respects all religions but it does not explain much how this works out practically, especially those who's faith lies in human ability and not the divine. I also realise that I will not discuss or promote my ideas where it is unwise or unacceptable to do so, my job and my beliefs will be separate whilst on duty, naturally. Thanks.