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My mum's worried about me joining the Royal Marines. What can I tell her to reassure her?

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People who care about you will always worry - it's natural! The best way to reassure people is to keep them informed and get them involved in your application process.

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How long can you stay underwater in a submarine?

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Nuclear Submarines are able to produce their own indefinite supply of air, water and power for driving the submarine forward. It's only limitation for staying submerged is the amount of food on board, or if they sustain a major defect.

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How do submarines dive and surface?

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To dive or submerge the submarine, valves on the top of the very large ballast tanks are opened.

This allows the air in the tanks to escape; at the bottom of the tanks are holes that allow the seawater to flood in.

As water is heavier than air, the submarine becomes heavier and therefore sinks in a controlled manner.

To surface the submarine, the valves on the top of the ballast tanks are shut, high-pressure air is pumped into the tanks and the water is forced out through the holes at the bottom. The tanks fill with air and "float" the submarine to the surface.

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How safe are Nuclear reactors on board submarines?

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Safety is a submarine's top priority. The submarine is designed and operated to ensure that the crew, the public, and the environment are protected from the risks of radiation.

The ship is designed with "shielding" around the reactor to reduce radiation levels. Radiation levels are very low, so much so that a submariner gets less radiation at sea than a person on a beach receiving radiation from the sun and other natural source

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How deep can a submarine go?

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Submarines can dive to depths in excess of 250 metres.

The actual depth is classified.

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Can I visit a submarine?

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Yes at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport they have an actual submarine that is permanently open to the public. Their website can be found at the link below.

WWW.Submarine-Museum.co.uk

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Can I be LGBT and serve in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines?

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Yes. The Naval Service is interested in people with potential to do their job, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.

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What support is provided for Naval Service personnel with families?

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The Naval Service provides a wide range of support to families of serving personnel. These include; flexible/alternative working patterns (operational commitment permitting), statutory maternity and paternity provision, support from the Naval Families Federation, Naval Personal and Family Service and RM Welfare groups providing comprehensive social work, community and advice service to Naval Service personnel and their families. Many Naval and Royal Marine establishments provide crèche facilities for working parents.

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What is the Royal Navy's ethos regarding Equality and Diversity?

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Our ethos is inclusive; it welcomes and appreciates differences and we are committed to ensuring that every individual has equality of opportunity for employment, training and advancement based solely on merit, and that they can be themselves at work to achieve their full potential in an environment that is trusting and open.

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If Naval Service personnel are deployed on operations, what arrangements are in place for their children?

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The Naval Service has an interest in helping sailors and marines balance the needs of their employment with their family life. However as sailors and marines, serving parents or carers must be available for deployment at any time and thus have a responsibility for ensuring that they have arrangements in place to care for their children or dependant adults should they need to be away. Advice and guidance for serving parents is available from Career Managers and Naval Service support networks. AF policies allow serving couples with dependant children to accommodate only one serving parent being deployed at any one time.

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