Ahoy Sailor ⚓
Today I am starting a new section on my blog, something a little bit different from my usual beauty related posts.
This morning I said goodbye to my boyfriend at the station who was going on a 5 and a half hour journey to start his career in the Royal Navy. As you would expect it was an emotion morning and myself and his family were there to wave him off.
Johny joining the Navy is going to have a big impact on our relationship and both of our futures. I have decided to start this section for me personally to vent my thoughts and feelings about the whole process of becoming a military girlfriend and I hope you will continue to read my blog throughout my journey.
So a bit of background information; Johny is joining the Royal Navy and has just left to start his basic training at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth. The basic training is for 10 weeks where he will learn about self discipline, teamwork and problem solving, also first aid, firefighting and handling an SA80 assault rifle. There will be a lot of physical challenges involved. as well as studying and exams.
After the basic training he will pass out. I’ve heard that this is one of the most emotional and proudest moments for everyone. He will then move on to Phase 2 which is his Professional Training. The job position he is going in for is called Naval Airman also known as Aircraft handlers. They ensure the safety of aircraft’s whether they be on the deck or ground. This role also involves the skills to fight fuel, hangar and aircraft fires.
Obviously this makes me feel a little concerned as this job can be a tough, physical and dangerous. However I am really happy that he is going to be doing something he really wants to do and is interested in as well as immensely proud that he will be serving our country.
When he moves to do his Phase 2 it will probably be to Culdrose in Cornwall (I will keep you posted if anything changes). This is when a big step for me might happen. We are planning that I may move down there with him. Three big things to happen at once; moving out of my family home, moving away to a new area, and moving in with somebody all for the first time. At the moment we do not know all the details but I know the Navy helps with temporary accommodation and searching for jobs.
I am not going to lie it was really hard saying goodbye knowing that I wasn’t going to see him for a while, when I am used to seeing him everyday. The next 2 months are going to be really tough, for the both of us. But I will keep you updated with how we are both getting on and hopefully this will be a great start to our future.
Thank you for taking your time to read this. I would appreciate any comments, advice or support.