What is the RN Forum?

The Royal Navy forum provide a safe and protected online environment for Naval Service personnel, their family and friends, who need the type of support that reflects the uniqueness of Naval life. The forums are an invaluable source of information, updates, support and advice.

How can the Forums help me?

The forums are a one-stop shop to help you with Naval life, on a personal and practical level. This can mean anything from getting the latest information about a deployed ship or connecting with people who are also struggling with the demands of a deployed loved one, to making new friends or seeking advice on where to buy school uniforms. 

The forums are available whenever, and for whatever, you need. They enable you to communicate with people like you who are ‘in the same boat’, in a safe, protected online environment. 

Our online community workers monitor the forums, and are on hand to provide advice and assistance where needed.  

Members Conduct

This page guides you through best-practice behaviour for using the RN forums, both from the point of view of the Royal Navy and MoD, but also general guidance on how to make the most of the forums, safely and respectfully.

  • Members are solely responsible for the contents of their transmissions through the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Community Members’ area. 
  • The Royal Navy makes use of the forum facilities to send and receive messages; therefore, a member's conduct is subject to all applicable MoD regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Members shall not use the Service for chain letters, junk mail, spamming, or use distribution lists for profit.
  • Members agree not to communicate any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature.
  • Members further agree not to transmit any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, national, or international laws or regulations.
  • Members shall not interfere with another Member's use and enjoyment of the service.
  • The Royal Navy site may, at its sole discretion, immediately terminate service should a Member's conduct fail to conform to these terms and conditions.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

The Royal Navy aims to achieve universal acceptance and the application of a working environment free from harassment, intimidation and unlawful discrimination. This is consistent with our legal obligations where all personnel have equal opportunity to realise their full potential in contributing to the maintenance and enhancement of operational effectiveness.

Every individual is valued for his or her unique contribution to the Royal Navy Community, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion or gender, and without reference to sexual orientation or social background.

The aim of MoD / Royal Navy Equal Opportunities is to contribute to operational effectiveness by promoting a fair and supportive environment in which the individual talents of all personnel are respected and fully developed.

The Royal Navy family is made up of people with different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. To strive for a more productive forum environment, get to know the people you chat with and respect their individuality, as they should yours.

Getting more out of the Forums

We ask everyone's total commitment to an environment that enables everyone to achieve their full potential and maximum contribution. To do so, the forums and chat facility must be free of any behaviour that in any way jeopardises maximum contribution to this environment. It takes a strong, continuing commitment by everyone to minimise these behaviours and their effects. Here are a few pointers:

  • Be open about differences, and don't ignore them. 
  • Share how your background has influenced you. 
  • Encourage questions about the things that make you different. 
  • Make a point to make friends with people different from you. 
  • Share any concerns. 
  • Don't make someone a spokesperson for his or her group. 
  • Avoid using profane or obscene words or remarks. 
  • Avoid telling racial or sexual jokes – even jokes about your own group; it encourages more of the same. 
  • Be careful with other kinds of humour such as the ‘friendly insult’. 
  • Emphasise common experiences that unify rather than differences that divide. 
  • Regardless of culture, race, gender, religion, and a host of other factors, people around the world share the need to communicate with others and engage in meaningful work.
  • Be vigilant on the information that you publish on the website.

Forum: Rules and Guidance

The forums are perfect for sharing information, asking questions, debating issues and meeting people who have a common interest. So that everyone is using the forums and chat rooms in the right way, here are some guidelines to stick to when using them.

  • Be respectful
    The number one rule is respect your fellow contributors. In a perfect world this would go without saying, but we are all humans and sometimes less than 100% perfect. Before you post, ask yourself if you would really say the same if that person were sitting next to you.

  • Attack the issue, not the person.
    Strong and lively debate is encouraged, but personal attacks are not. Avoid being inflammatory on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexuality, or any other personal characteristic. If you can’t state your case without making it personal, do not contribute to the discussion. 

  • Discussing personal issues
    The discussion space enables you to be as open or as private as you choose. When sharing personal information, remember that not everyone will agree with you, and you might not receive the responses you are looking for. Be careful. If you are experiencing serious personal difficulties then it might be better to contact RNRM Welfare for confidential help and advice. 

  • Netiquette
    A few quick points: correct punctuation and spelling show that you respect other users enough to take the time to do it right. Consider using word processing software to write your message before copying and pasting into the forum. Posting in CAPITAL LETTERS is widely regarded as shouting and is considered extremely rude. Emoticons are a good way to convey the emotions behind the words, while abbreviations and acronyms are the shorthand of the Internet. However, please leave 'text speak' for your mobile phone.

  • Stay on-topic
    Off-topic posts are the bane of every internet discussion forum. When you post a message, please stick to the point of the thread. There is nothing quite as annoying as watching a good discussion go off tangent, never to be seen or heard from again. If you want to talk about something else, start a new topic. 

  • Avoid repetition
    Conversely, when thinking of posting a new thread, check if the topic has already been started or if you have posted something previously. Repeatedly posting the same information or question just because your original thread hasn’t been replied to will over-populate the discussion forum and may push out valuable information that would otherwise benefit the majority of users. Also please don't post the same comment or message in more than one forum. 

  • Help keep things on track
    The best communities will moderate themselves so please intervene tactfully if you feel a discussion is getting a little heated. The moderators will take any necessary action if a posting contravenes these guidelines or clearly violates security instructions. 

  • Expressing opinions
    By using the forum users accept that other members may have differing points of view to their own. Failure to accept this and continued repetition of their original opinions without addressing other users’ principles and questions may result in a suspension of membership. 

  • Don't break the law
    This includes libel and condoning illegal activity. Please do not post individuals’ private addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details. 

  • Are you under 16?
    If you are 16 or under, please get your parent or guardian's permission before using the forums. Users without this consent are not allowed to get involved.

Our online community workers reserve the right to edit/remove any comments that contravene the rules, or lock a thread without recourse. The online community worker will post a comment to explain the action taken, where appropriate. However, if a user repeatedly breaks the rules, that user's membership may be suspended or permanently revoked.