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HMS Raleigh is the Royal Navy's premier training establishment in the South West where all ratings joining the Service receive the first phase of their naval training. Learn about every aspect of this exciting 9-week journey toward joining the Royal Navy.

It all starts here

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LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS

Intro:

You've got an intensive programme of training ahead of you but, from the moment you arrive at HMS Raleigh, you'll realise that everyone is here to help you succeed.

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Getting ready for HMS Raleigh starts before you step off the train. You'll have started to get in shape with our Fitness Tool, brushed up on your swimming at the pool and possibly even experimented with a bit of ironing. The more you do, the better prepared you'll be for your first week in the Royal Navy!

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We'll meet you from the train in Plymouth and bring you and the rest of your class back to HMS Raleigh, home of all Royal Navy Phase One training. It's here that you will sign your engagement form and officially become a member of the Royal Navy. Then it's off to your mess deck to get an early night before your first week of new challenges begins.

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Phase One training usually begins on a Sunday evening. The next week will be a packed one, with everything from medical check ups, to time on the river in a variety of boats. You'll have your first fitness and swimming assessments and spend time getting to grips with maintaining your kit - so you'll soon find out if your advanced preparation has paid off!

Recreation

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LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS

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Life is busy at HMS Raleigh but that doesn't mean you won't have free time and plenty of ways to fill it.

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Joining the Royal Navy means choosing a whole new lifestyle, but that doesn't mean giving up the activities you enjoy - usually it means finding new ones. As you'd expect, the opportunities to take part in all kinds of sport are incredible at HMS Raleigh. You'll also have use of the Raleigh Club and get to socialise with recruits at regular events. Don't worry if it takes you a while to adjust to life at HMS Raleigh either, your Division Officer and Instructor will always be ready to listen and advise. We want to support you and see you succeed - we've all been there and we're here to help you every step of the way.

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During the early stages of your Phase One training, you will remain at HMS Raleigh during your free time. You'll be surrounded by other recruits at different stages in their training, so sports and socials are a great way to get to know everyone - and learn more about what's up next from the people who've already done it.

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From the third week of your training you will be given 'off-duty' time to explore all that HMS Raleigh has to offer. After your sixth week, providing your class is achieving a good standard, you'll be granted a few hours shore leave. This is how the Royal Navy refers to time away from the boat - even when the 'boat' is actually on land, like HMS Raleigh. By the end of your training, you may well be granted further leave for social events and to meet up with friends and family.

Passing Out

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LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS

Intro:

Weeks of hard work, the new skills you've learnt and the exciting opportunities that you're ready to explore, all come together at your Passing Out parade.

What:

Everyone remembers their Passing Out parade - and with good reason. It's a proud day and a special occasion for everyone involved. Imagine yourself marching with the band of the Royal Marines, while your family watches on! You've come so far and this is your chance to show everyone just how much you've already achieved before starting the next phase of your training.

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Your Passing Out parade will take place at HMS Raleigh and your family will be invited to travel down and attend this special day - it's a landmark in your new career that they won't want to miss. After the parade you will be able to take your family on a tour and bring them to the NAFFI Club for a Passing Out reception.

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Passing Out signals the end of your Phase One training, but you will have been building up to it from the very first week. Throughout Phase One, you will have regular assessments, passing these allows you to continue with the training and each takes you one step closer to Passing Out.

Parade Training

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THE BASICS

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From the uncertainty of your first morning to the pride of Passing Out, you'll see how practice makes perfect on the parade ground.

What:

Parade Training involves a number of marching drills and manoeuvres. You'll learn to work as a team and move as a single unit. Don't knock it until you've tried it; there really is a special satisfaction that comes from being part of something so sharp and precise. The reputation of the Royal Navy is built on our discipline and ability to respond - drill teaches both and helps us stay world-class in all we do.

Where:

Parade Training forms part of your everyday life during Phase One and you'll get to know the parade ground at HMS Raleigh well as you spend mornings there, training with your Divisions.

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Parade Training starts from the first time your class musters (gathers together) on day one. During the early weeks of training, you'll spend time on drill everyday, preparing for your Foot Parade exam in week three. By week seven, you'll be so sharp that you're ready to handle a new challenge - marching with weapons. This is when you'll really pull together as a team as every class looks to produce the standards that will see them selected for guard duty.

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THE BASICS

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What is the Royal Navy? How does it work? From our ships to the sophisticated equipment we work with, Naval Training will stand you in good stead throughout your career.

What:

Your Naval Training will take you into the classroom for a range of lessons and lectures on everything from ships and aircraft to the history and traditions of the Royal Navy. You'll learn more about life onboard the fleet, get to grips with naval law and have your first taste of working with the sophisticated equipment that helps to make us truly world-class. As part of our education programme, you may also need to take LANTERN, the Naval Maths and English test - you'll need to achieve a certain level in both to be considered for promotion as your career takes off.

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Most of your Naval Training will take place in the modern classrooms of HMS Raleigh. But you won't just be sitting at desks. Our teaching is truly hands on and you'll soon be putting the lessons you learn into practice, as you move out of the classroom and onto the water.

When:

You'll do the majority of your classroom-based training in the early weeks of Phase One. This means you'll then have a good foundation to build on when you start getting out on the water and handling weapons later on. You'll have a number of assessments, including a final academic assessment in the last weeks of Phase One. Learning never stops in the Royal Navy though, so you'll continue to gain more skills throughout your specialisation training in Phase Two. You'll also be given the opportunity to gain further qualifications throughout your career.

Kitted out

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THE BASICS

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Arrive at HMS Raleigh dressed for success and it won't be long before you're kitted out for adventure too.

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Being world-class means looking world-class and washing, ironing and maintaining the kit that we will give you is an important part of life in the Royal Navy, whatever your rank and however long your career. During your Phase One training you will learn how to keep all your kit in excellent condition, and the sooner you start practicing, the easy life will be for you when you arrive.

As well as the kit we provide you with, you will need to arrive at HMS Raleigh smartly dressed and with some essentials. Take a look at the pre-joining kit list (http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/operations-and-support/establishments/training-establishments/hms-raleigh/rn-recruit-school/before-you-join/kit/ ) to see what you'll need to bring.

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You will keep your kit with your other possession in your messdeck. Facilities to wash and iron everything are available and you'll soon be pretty familiar with them!

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Kit musters or inspections are a regular feature of life at HMS Raleigh but you'll have the first few weeks to get the hangs of things before your first formal inspection, at the beginning of week three.

Team work

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FIT FOR ADVENTURE

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When you join us at HMS Raleigh you're not alone. You'll be part of recruits and together you're a team; together you can make the grade.

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From the moment you arrive at HMS Raleigh, you'll work as a team in everything you do. From encouraging each other through your fitness training to activities designed to ensure that you really can all pull together when it counts, your ability to support and inspire each other will make all the difference to your Royal Navy career.

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The Royal Navy is built on teams that stand together and succeed as one - so in everything you do, you'll find that team work plays a part. During your first week, team leaders will be chosen from your class. These recruits will have already started to show the maturity and strength of character needed to keep order on the messdeck and it's always a big compliment to be chosen.

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Team work challenges will be included throughout your Phase One training. Early on you'll start to test the levels of trust you have built on a low ropes physical course. Later, you'll enjoy the healthy competition of our Olympiad. As Phase One comes to an end, your final test as a team comes in the shape of the demanding 24hr Final Military Exercise - it's tough and you'll need to have built a team you can all rely on to succeed and march out together onto the parade ground to Pass Out.

Fighting fit

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FIT FOR ADVENTURE

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Exercise, fitness and sport are at the heart of the Royal Navy way of life - the opportunities we can offer are well worth shaping up for.

What:

The Royal Navy can offer you a Life without Limits, packed with adventure and full of demanding challenges that we know you can rise to. It's really important that you know what we'll expect of you and do your bit to start your training ready to succeed. That's why we've developed our FITNESS TOOL (http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/health-fitness/) . It includes full details of the standards you'll need to meet and an eight-week training programme to ensure that you make the grade.

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HMS Raleigh has some exceptional facilities to support you as you develop your strength, fitness and swimming abilities. You'll spend time in the pool, in the gym, out in open water and on our challenging obstacle courses. Add to this the chances to play a range of team and individual sports and you'll see that almost every day will find you building your stamina and taking priding in becoming truly fighting fit.

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To get the most from all we offer, you'll need to be in good shape. That's why we set strict fitness standards and demand that you meet them throughout your career. The best advice we can give is to start now. Get your fitness levels up, be a confident swimmer and you'll arrive at HMS Raleigh ready for the training, gym work, obstacles courses and adventure training that will be included throughout Phase One. Visit the FITNESS TOOL to learn more.

Outdoor adventure

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FIT FOR ADVENTURE

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If you're looking for adventure, the Royal Navy is the place for you - and you won't have to wait long.

What:

Alongside your regular training, you'll get out and about for some more adventurous activities during Phase One. From map and compass challenges to treks, climbing and our exhilarating obstacle course, you'll be getting your first taste of the opportunities to make the most of the great outdoors that will be available to you throughout your career with the Royal Navy. While you're getting out in the open and enjoying a change of scene, you'll also be building your team, working and relaxing together as you enjoy a break from the more formal training back at HMS Raleigh.

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Your Adventure Training takes place in the countryside of South-west England. You'll spend time at Pier Cellars, the former torpedo testing site that is now home to the Royal Navy outward bounds centre. Here you'll be getting your hands dirty with some exciting and challenging activities - not to mention enjoying a taste of showbiz with the come-rain-or-shine BBQ and DIY entertainment! Later in Phase One, it's time for the great outdoors with an expedition to Dartmoor.

When:

You'll be off to Pier Cellars in the third week of your training. This will be your first time away from HMS Raleigh since you started Phase One. The Dartmoor expedition - ending in a well-deserved rendezvous at a country pub - will come later, usually the weekend following Week Five.

Seamanship

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You've joined the Royal Navy, so it's not long before we bring on the boats! It's non-stop new skills as we develop your sea sense in an intensive period of training within Phase One.

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Seamanship is the collective name we give to all the training that prepares you for being a valuable member of any ship you serve on. You'll learn everything from the basics of rope work, through ship handling and berthing, right up to replenishing a ship at sea (RAS). This isn't classroom learning; you'll be out and about on the water in a variety of vessels as you build your confidence and gain a whole raft of new skills.

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You'll be getting your first taste for life on the water just down the road from HMS Raleigh, on the Tamar Estuary. You'll be out on the water in our fast RIBs and spend a night onboard the training ship.

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You'll have a whole week dedicated to developing your Seamanship skills. This will usually fall about two-thirds of the way through your training.

In control

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Phase One training is designed to get you ready for specialisation, ready for life at sea and, thanks your Damage Control training, ready for anything!

What:

Our damage control training is an exciting and crucial part of training. From fire fighting to handling the unexpected and dealing with damage to the ship, you'll be introduced to what could happen and taught to respond. It's exciting, it's sometimes scary but it's all safe and it's all part of preparing you to get the very most from our Life without Limits. When you know how to handle emergency situations, you're in control and ready for action.

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To build your confidence, we have built an advanced training facility to help recruits learn how to take control in emergency situations at sea. DRIU - our Damage Repair Instructional Unit - is a state-of-the-art simulator that provides invaluable - and unforgettable - lessons for everyone at HMS Raleigh.

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Like every aspect of Phase One training, the programme for Damage Control training is designed to teach you vital skills when you are ready to learn them. As you near the end of Phase One, you will spend two days in our fire-fighting school. The challenges of DRIU will come in the last week of your training, by which time your team will be ready to work together, trust each other and enjoy the challenges in store.

Weapon Handling

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It's vital that everyone in the Royal Navy knows how to handle and use a weapon safely. It's serious stuff, but that doesn't mean recruits don't enjoy every minute!

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Everyone in the Royal Navy is trained in Weapons Handling drills and firings. Phase One training is your introduction to the Military Training programme that you will be part of throughout your career in the Royal Navy. You'll learn how to clean, handle and fire weapons and take your first NAPWT - the Naval Annual Personal Weapons Test that you will take every year you are with us, to ensure that your skills remain sharp.

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Your Weapon Handling training will take places on the parade grounds and ranges of HMS Raleigh.

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You will have a whole week dedicated to Weapon Handling, usually the fourth week of Phase One. At the end of the week you will be assessed in your skills and must pass to continue your training.