What do people do with Leave?

Zess

Newbie
Hello, I'm just curious, what do current RFA do with their 2/3 months of leave?

In my current job I don't think I've taken more than 5 days off in a row in 6 years. So I'm just being nosy what people get up to with so much time on their hands. Particularly the single and childless.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
I actually know where you are coming from. RN though, not RFA. On one draft I accrued a shed-load of leave, which on paper looked fantastic. I was recently divorced, so did loads of stuff...... but then found there was a lot of leave remaining.

Long story short - couldn't wait to join next draft!
 

fishhead

War Hero
I actually know where you are coming from. RN though, not RFA. On one draft I accrued a shed-load of leave, which on paper looked fantastic. I was recently divorced, so did loads of stuff...... but then found there was a lot of leave remaining.

Long story short - couldn't wait to join next draft!
I know I shouldn't judge but getting divorced to use up your leave period seems a bit extreme.;)
 

Lingo

Newbie
Travel to all the places you never get to see in the RFA. You know as in why do you want to join, to travel the world. But unless your blue eyed boys you do it in your leave time not with the job.
 

Grenadier

Midshipman
Travel to all the places you never get to see in the RFA. You know as in why do you want to join, to travel the world. But unless your blue eyed boys you do it in your leave time not with the job.
Surely you get runs ashore with the RFA ?
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
Surely you get runs ashore with the RFA ?
Yeah, but you can only run so far!

Normally people stick to the area within an hour or so of the port. Which on a Caribbean Island means you have seen the lot, however if you are talking about the US it means you have barely left the dockyard gates and there is a lot more country to see!
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
Hello, I'm just curious, what do current RFA do with their 2/3 months of leave?
Generally wish for more :-D- its suprising how quickly the phonecall comes around asking you to join ship again!

Personally, catch up with the wife's job list, see familly and friends, going travelling properly (no point flying 26hrs to NZ just for a week, might as well go explore for a month or two).
 

Grenadier

Midshipman
Yeah, but you can only run so far!

Normally people stick to the area within an hour or so of the port. Which on a Caribbean Island means you have seen the lot, however if you are talking about the US it means you have barely left the dockyard gates and there is a lot more country to see!
ah , fair enough i get your drift.
 

skyvet

GCM
Best experience I enjoyed during leave was in Singers in '69, when we had 14 days "station leave". Three oppo's and I took 2 two-man canoes up the Jahore river from Singapore to Kota Tinggi (sp??), hacking out space in undergrowth and camping out overnight on the river bank. Until you've tried sleeping in the Malaysian jungle, with all the associated wildlife when you not sure what's making all those strange noises, you haven't lived! Fortunately "Pusser" sent a lorry to pick us up from Kota Tinngi and returned us to civilisation.
I have to say that the Malaysian people we encountered in the tiny kampongs along our route were wonderful, and we were welcomed with open arms - a kindness I'll never forget.
 

Stirlin

War Hero
Best experience I enjoyed during leave was in Singers in '69, when we had 14 days "station leave". Three oppo's and I took 2 two-man canoes up the Jahore river from Singapore to Kota Tinggi (sp??), hacking out space in undergrowth and camping out overnight on the river bank. Until you've tried sleeping in the Malaysian jungle, with all the associated wildlife when you not sure what's making all those strange noises, you haven't lived! Fortunately "Pusser" sent a lorry to pick us up from Kota Tinngi and returned us to civilisation.
I have to say that the Malaysian people we encountered in the tiny kampongs along our route were wonderful, and we were welcomed with open arms - a kindness I'll never forget.
Could not have put it better myself sv , KT is a wonder never to be forgotten.
 

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