Well, you've satisfied all my questions regarding joining (for the moment) now there's a couple on the Navy life, as it were. I believe that shore accomodation for Officers and Ratings are single now? What are they like, just a box with a bed, or is there a loo as well? (fingers crossed, with loo comes tap, with tap comes kettle!) Can you get unpaid leave when not at sea (obviously)? Can't see when I'd need it, but It's a good thing to know. I'm a keen hunter, can I keep my bits and bobs at base (that would be hunter in the colonial sense, stalking, no I don't intend to keep horses on base, just bangsticks)? I'm assuming you still mess together, even if you sleep seperately? It'd be a bit dull else. Finally, can someone confirm what I've currently got in my head as the starting period of a career as a Royal navy officer? 1) Application, beaurocratic rubbish 2) AIB - 3 days 3) BRNC - if pass well enough, at one of 4 intakes in the year, for about a year 4)Common fleet time, about 4 months 5)Fleet board 6)Specialist fleet time, about 8 months 7)Some other course that I haven't been able to find anything else about. Thanks a lot for your time.