Hello, I posted this thread ( http://www.navy-net.co.uk/nearest-dearest/66246-reassurance-not-your-regular-9-5-job.html ) last week. Despite a good number of views, nobody's replied, so I thought perhaps I needed to ask the question in a different forum. Basically I'd just like to get a sense of the working pattern during training at BRNC and shortly afterwards. I just want to reassure my girlfriend that I will be around more often than she thinks. A friend of the family's son recently joined the Army and everyone's surprised at how often he's back home - every fortnight or so he's back for the weekend, he's been up to Scotland to visit friends for a week etc etc. Granted it's a completely different service, but I imagine the Navy is similar, but I would like some solid examples to give my girlfriend to reassure her that I'm not going to disappear off the face of the planet. This is the career that I want, so I'm ready to sign up for pretty much anything it throws at me, but of course I have to look after the ones at home too. What sort of time off do Officer Cadets get at BRNC? Is it a weekday training / weekend off sort of fixture or is the time off more fluid? What about after passing out? Obviously while at sea it's completely different, but on shore...? Thanks!