Hey folks, been on this site a while, been on wait to join for two years now. Finally got a date 2nd of December for my potential recruit weekend away with a joining date of 2nd of March. I've got quite a few questions and I was hoping there might be someone out there with the answers. I apologize for any naivety or covering questions that get asked a lot. I've been on wait so long it's the first time I've really been able to think about the practicalities. Term of Service: I'm a quite confused as to what this actually is. I've been told at some junctures that it is 40 years and at others it's a commitment for a number of years after training. What I really want to know is, how long am I signing up for? And at what point with what notice could I leave the RN if I chose to? Living on/off base (mainly regarding Chicksands): I'm in a long term relationship and I'll be doing my basic training which I believe is 9 weeks. After which I'll go to Chicksands for my specialized CT training which I believe last 18 months. During this will I be living on base or will I be able to live off base? and if I can live off base what are the sort of hours you would find yourself being on/off base? When not at sea: When I get through all my training. What sort of time will I be looking at where I can see my partner? Obviously when I'm at sea that's it for that period. But when I'm not will it be a case of training at base all day and being able to return to off base accommodation afterwards?