RNA Objectives & Core Values

The Royal Naval Association and its Objectives

The Royal Naval Association, granted its Royal Charter in 1954, is the principal Naval Association recognised by the Admiralty Board and is a Registered Charity. Full Membership is open to all serving and ex-service members of the Naval Forces including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves and all ranks and specialisation’s. Associate membership is available to other persons over 18 years of age who have a close interest in the sea, such as Merchant Navy, Coastguards, RNXS, Sea Cadets and anyone who is in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Association. Today the Royal Naval Association has a membership exceeding 20,000 in 387 Branches, the vast majority of which are in the UK and Eire. In addition, under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding agreed with the Royal Navy in 2008, personnel serving with the Royal Navy are deemed to be non-paying Serving Members of the Royal Naval Association.

  • To further the efficiency and well being of the Service, preserve its traditions and encourage recruiting.
  • To foster comradeship and “esprit de corps” amongst those who have served or are serving in Our Naval Forces.
  • To provide facilities for bringing Members together.
  • To perpetuate the memory of those members of Our Naval Forces who have died in the service of their Country.
  • To provide relief from conditions of need, hardship or distress, to persons who serve in or have served in Our Naval Forces and their dependents.
  • To advise and assist Members and other persons who have served in Our Naval Forces in their search for employment..
  • To advise Members and their dependants on personal matters, such as pensions, compensation, health and social security benefits and other subjects affecting their welfare.

Our core values:


Shared backgrounds and equality in rank. We share the same bonds, the same mind-set, and even the same language (Jackspeak!). We are all equal. We are the heart and soul of the RNA.


To each other and our dependants. We will always support and look out for each other. Our loyalty is to all our shipmates, our local communities, the personnel and dependants of the Naval Service, along with other charities or organisations with naval connections.


We are proud to serve and proud to represent our country and the Naval Service. Our pride in serving our country never leaves us. Nor do we forget those who have fallen for our country or who fight now. We are deeply honoured to represent them on both a national and international level.


Friends in fun, fellowship and need. Your shipmates will always be here for you, whether it’s about a job, ideas for a fun day out or just an arm around the shoulder. We will never leave you or your dependants in despair.

Further information on the Royal Naval Association and other branches can be found by here