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Today was my last day

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I've been in the Navy for 4 & a half years and i'm now once again a Civie! They was the best times of my life so far (i'm only 21) but I've had to leave as me and my partner had a baby in December…
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
I've been in the Navy for 4 & a half years and i'm now once again a Civie!

They was the best times of my life so far (i'm only 21) but I've had to leave as me and my partner had a baby in December and she's now my priority. Although I've known for a year that I'm leaving it's a big culture shock and I have no idea what to do with my life now.

I don't know why I just thought I'd let you all know and for anyone thinking of a career with the RN I recommend it 100%

Also if anyone is near the Portsmouth area or has a big interest in the Navy don't forget that this weekend is the Royal Navy's "Meet your Navy" weekend, I was having a look in the dockyard today and it looks as if it will be a top event. More importantly there will be plenty of fund raisers for Help for Heroes
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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1 Like #2
awwww must be a sad day

what time does the event in pompey start? my lads would like that
1 Like #3
Good luck for the future for you and you family. Im sure you will soon adapt into a 9 to 5 life
1 Like #4
Good luck and I wish you all the best for the future with your partner and child, no doubt she will keep you on your toes for the time being and you need to enjoy this time with her as it doesn't last long :thumbsup:
#5
Mardyass
awwww must be a sad day

what time does the event in pompey start? my lads would like that


10am Tomorrow

Not a sad really, just an odd one, it's took me this long to realize i'm institutionalized, i'll have to get the missus to give me orders until I find a new job :whistling:
#6
Best of luck for your future!!!

When I was 16 I went to join up, went to the local office and they told me they weren't recruiting at that time LOL

I must have looked well dodgy or something. Wanted to be a marine engineering mechanic.

Been on the Arc Royal... but only on one of they family day things. :-(
#7
LadyMadonna
Best of luck for your future!!!

When I was 16 I went to join up, went to the local office and they told me they weren't recruiting at that time LOL

I must have looked well dodgy or something. Wanted to be a marine engineering mechanic.

Been on the Arc Royal... but only one one ot they family day things. :-(


They're always recruiting so it must have been something you was wearing, on that note when I was going through the application process I was in the AFCO in Chatham and a bloke walked in wearing a set of overalls with cannabis leaves printed all over them, he told them that he had ust lef prison and wanted to sign up. The bloke in charge just laughed at him and told him to get out.

MEM's not a bad job anyway, it's all changed now days though I think it's called a ET ME now I was warfare which I loved doing and would personally recommend to anyone

Thanks to everyone else for the god luck messages, i'm sure i'll be fine though it will just take me a few months to lose my sea legs
1 Like #8
All the best. :thumbsup: It's clearly been a great experience for you and with the skills you've gained, I'm sure you'll get a job soon. I would guess that your lady will not be found lacking in the issuing of orders department. ;-)
1 Like #9
RedIron
They're always recruiting so it must have been something you was wearing, on that note when I was going through the application process I was in the AFCO in Chatham and a bloke walked in wearing a set of overalls with cannabis leaves printed all over them, he told them that he had ust lef prison and wanted to sign up. The bloke in charge just laughed at him and told him to get out.



Ha ha, think I was in my school uniform, I looked about 12 even though I was 16, maybe they thought I couldn't hack it or something as they never even spoke to me so it was nothing I said.

I guess I'll never know.
#10
chesso
All the best. :thumbsup: It's clearly been a great experience for you and with the skills you've gained, I'm sure you'll get a job soon. I would guess that your lady will not be found lacking in the issuing of orders department. ;-)


Cheers mate, Your telling me about the missus though, I wouldn't be surprise if in two weeks i'm begging to go back as she is too strict, she has already told me that as i'm not working she expects me to do half the chores even though for the next 3 months i'm still being paid bloody women! :whistling:

LadyMadonna
Ha ha, think I was in my school uniform, I looked about 12 even though I was 16, maybe they thought I couldn't hack it or something as they never even spoke to me so it was nothing I said.

I guess I'll never know.


Well you can join at any age up to and including your 37th birthday, do 22 years service and you retire on a full pension, so if you join at 18 you can retire at 40 on a full pension :thumbsup:
1 Like #11
good luck for the future xxx
#12
Ah bet it was great travelling all over the world and having a career that brought you so much happiness. Can you enlist back into the Navy if you wish?.

Best wishes for the future :)
#13
RedIron


Well you can join at any age up to and including your 37th birthday, do 22 years service and you retire on a full pension, so if you join at 18 you can retire at 40 on a full pension :thumbsup:


:o. so there is hope for me yet. Would mean having to sell my kids though :-(
#14


C32's got a Help for heroes thread running at the moment if anyone's interested they could have a read & find out more.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/196061/donate-to-help-for-heroes-join-hott/
#15
GerryG
Ah bet it was great travelling all over the world and having a career that brought you so much happiness. Can you enlist back into the Navy if you wish?.

Best wishes for the future :)


Thanks mate :thumbsup:

I left with good conduct so I can go back if I wish, they tried to keep me in by bribing me with a 6 month draft to the Far East or a year in Gibraltar. I had to decline though as the missus wouldn't have been too happy.

It was a good career though and i've seen some very good sights but very few bad ones.
#16
macdoona
C32's got a Help for heroes thread running at the moment if anyone's interested they could have a read & find out more.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/196061/donate-to-help-for-heroes-join-hott/


Thanks I forgot about that one

Anyone fancy donating, it is a brilliant cause an is there to help our heroes, these people have been injured fighting for us civies :-D and deserve the best facilities available!

I might even do an auction for help the heroes for my Navy cap or something

LadyMadonna
:o. so there is hope for me yet. Would mean having to sell my kids though :-(


Hide them in your suitcase :whistling:
1 Like #17
RedIron
Thanks mate :thumbsup:

I left with good conduct so I can go back if I wish, they tried to keep me in by bribing me with a 6 month draft to the Far East or a year in Gibraltar. I had to decline though as the missus wouldn't have been too happy.

It was a good career though and i've seen some very good sights but very few bad ones.


Ah excellent..least if your future children are young adults then doors can be opened for you again.
1 Like #18
Best wishes to you and your family for the future :thumbsup:
1 Like #19
good luck being one of us civies, what do you plan to do as a job now
1 Like #20
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good luck being one of us civies, what do you plan to do as a job now


Thanks ICT hopefully, but i'll keep my options open and consider anything really
1 Like #21
Good Luck RedIron.
"Meet the Navy" eh ! in my day of living in Pompey it used to be called Navy Days and a very big event it was. All those Navy boats coming in and out of the harbour and up the Solent was always a great sight.

Shame you couldn't find a way of staying in if that was your ideal job. I assume the Navy has caught up with Paternal leave yet ?

Ah well, I wish you all the best and hope you can find something to suit. Good luck with your family :)
#22
hottoshop
Good Luck RedIron.
"Meet the Navy" eh ! in my day of living in Pompey it used to be called Navy Days and a very big event it was. All those Navy boats coming in and out of the harbour and up the Solent was always a great sight.

Shame you couldn't find a way of staying in if that was your ideal job. I assume the Navy has caught up with Paternal leave yet ?

Ah well, I wish you all the best and hope you can find something to suit. Good luck with your family :)


Yeah they do paternal leave but you can't always have it around the birth time, that wasn't the problem though as deployments are generally now 9 months now instead of 6 and a lot of sailors are being sent to the front line in Afghanistan (I believe the RN makes up over 50% of the UK's deployed forces over their) so I just didn't want to be away for too long.

It's usually called Navy Days they've just changed it this year as there's a lot more on than usual and they wanted something a bit different.

I see the ships coming in today, not many big ships as I remember a few years ago we had one of the American super carriers down and the Russians usually send a ship down aswell as having some subs on show but this year there isn't many foreign ships but there's a lot of our own. I thought they would have had the new type 45 down aswell but they haven't for some reason.

Still it looks to be a really good weekend and good old Lusty was already to go with a few jets out on her flight deck.

Cheers for wishing me the best anyway and i'm sure i'll eventually find something I want to do.
#23
RedIron
Yeah they do paternal leave but you can't always have it around the birth time, that wasn't the problem though as deployments are generally now 9 months now instead of 6 and a lot of sailors are being sent to the front line in Afghanistan (I believe the RN makes up over 50% of the UK's deployed forces over their) so I just didn't want to be away for too long.

[COLOR="Blue"]Ah, I understand more now, not good matey as you are caught in the "Catch 22" situation. I feel for you. [/COLOR]


It's usually called Navy Days they've just changed it this year as there's a lot more on than usual and they wanted something a bit different.

I see the ships coming in today, not many big ships as I remember a few years ago we had one of the American super carriers down and the Russians usually send a ship down aswell as having some subs on show but this year there isn't many foreign ships but there's a lot of our own. I thought they would have had the new type 45 down aswell but they haven't for some reason.

Still it looks to be a really good weekend and good old Lusty was already to go with a few jets out on her flight deck.


[COLOR="blue"]Right, It did seem a shame to change such a traditional name for a great event. I've been a long time left Portsmouth now and my dear Gran died a few years back so I have no real reason to go back there. In fact my last act in Pompey was to wheel my Gran along the seafront by the Fort there and watch the boats. My Grandfather was in the RN and quite a character apparently.
He ended up being the chief censor for the ship's libraries.
Anyway I'm waffling but your post bought back some memories, sorry :oops:[/COLOR]


Cheers for wishing me the best anyway and i'm sure i'll eventually find something I want to do.

[COLOR="blue"]I sincerely hope you do and once again all the best to you and yours.[/COLOR] :thumbsup:

banned#24
Best of luck m8y.

There will no doubt be times you will continue to miss it, but before you know it, your "civie" life will have exceeded your time in the Navy. And I bet you will still be thinking back with fond memories!

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