Leaving the Service

Leaving the Service

If you and your family are considering leaving the Royal Navy or Royal Marines or are already on your way out, find out all of the information that you need to know about your transition in this guide.


Most service leavers and their families leave the Armed Forces with no problems at all. However, for some, transition can be an unsettling and anxious time. Lucy Heaver, our Transition Liaison is working with colleagues in the Army and RAF Families federations on a two year project supported by the Forces in Mind Trust. The project will give us an insight into the challenges faced by families during the transition period and will help us to advise on policy changes and improvements to service provision and advice that are available to better families’ experiences during this time.


If you have an experience of transition that you’d like to share or have any questions or concerns, contact:


Do have a look at our Transition Guides (below) which include all of the information that you need to know when you are thinking about or are leaving the Royal Navy or Royal Marines.


Transition Guide to Finance

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Transition Guide to Education

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Transition Guide to Housing


Transition Guide to Employment

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Transition Guide to Health and Wellbeing



Transition Guide to General Information

Summer Sabin (Left) spots her father on HMS Defender with her mum Sarah Sabin as HMS Defender returns home to Portsmouth. A ROYAL Navy Destroyer was deployed to Scottish waters at short notice prior to Christmas in order to intercept and escort a number of Russian warships during their passage past the coast of the UK. HMS Defender, one of the UK’s newest and most powerful T45 Destroyers, began her 700 mile journey from Portsmouth to the North East of Scotland on 19th December in her role as Fleet Ready Escort. Trained and prepared as the Royal Navy’s high readiness warship, Defender was standing by over the Christmas and New Year period to respond to a wide range of short notice tasking, from search and rescue duties to maritime security patrols such as this. Defender patrolled home waters in high sea states and storm force winds to welcome the Russian task group which comprised of 6 vessels, including a 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier. Due to bad weather the Russian fleet anchored in the Moray Firth before heading down the East coast of the UK. As a sign of the friendship between the 2 navies, good will messages were exchanged between the Royal Navy and Russian ships on New Year’s Eve. Consent held.


Posted on: 3rd May, 2017
Last updated on: 3rd May, 2018