A Royal Navy rating’s career begins with 10 weeks of basic training at HMS Raleigh

Trainees are placed in classes of about 30. Over the next action-packed and challenging 10 weeks, the teams complete targeted training, which enables them to develop the Royal Navy’s core values of Commitment, Courage, Discipline, Respect, Integrity and Loyalty.

Ratings learn some basic skills, such as self discipline, teamwork and overcoming problems. In addition, they are taught how to fire an SA80 assault rifle and other skills required of all sailors.

Recruits are given a taste of how to operate as a team tackling floods and fires at sea, and they also have to pass a first aid course.

Fitness is crucial and a progressive regime tests individuals’ ability to climb high ropes and complete the assault and obstacle courses. Training is as practical and active as possible, using simulators and a decommissioned warship to give recruits a real taste of their future careers and the environments in which they will work and fight. The latest technology is used to make classroom learning interesting and interactive.

This initial training is physically and mentally challenging, with a focus on teamwork and individual development. Most recruits think it’s rewarding, enjoyable and underpinned by a strong sense of military discipline, integrity and personal pride.

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