I left the RN after serving 22 years in 1985. It was only in my last seven or eight years that I took advantage of the excellent educational services offered. I was fully aware that I could attend GCE courses in English and Maths and this was available at all establishments and even some larger ships. I was never informed of the opportunity to take advantage of local college day release courses (is this facility still available?). Would I have taken advantage of these facilities when younger? I can't say probably not. In this new day and age is enough being done to encourage serving personnel to take advantage of the educational opportunities on offer?