Rules & Constitution

Rules & Constitution

Name and Crest





Rules and Constitution and Management Committee Standing Orders

Issue 7 - June 2021

Clause 1 - Name and Crest

(a) The Association shall have a patron, allocated from time to time by the National Management Committee. The post to be an Honorary position carrying no executive duties.

(b) The name of the Association shall be the "Submariners Association" hereinafter referred to as "The Association".

(c) The crest shall be a Submarine across a blue circle with the words "Submariners" above and "Association" below headed with the Naval Crown.

(d) The sale of national emblems and insignia shall be through the National Management Committee via branch secretaries.

(e) Branch emblems or insignia may be procured at Branch level. 

Clause 2 – Objectives

(a) To promote and support the RN Submarine Service and its heritage.

(b) To Foster the friendships and comradeship peculiar to all submariners so that they may continue to share the experiences and associations, and to keep alive that pride in the Submarine Branch, formed during their service in the RN Submarine Service.

(c) To promote and foster relationships with submariners of other countries.

(d) To enhance the well-being of submariners past and present and their families.

(e)To promote and support the Submariners Memorial Fund as administered by RNBT.

Clause 3 – Membership

(a) The Association is open for Full Membership to:

(i) Officers and ratings who have served, or who are still serving as qualified members of the Ships      Company of Royal Navy Submarines. This includes members of the crews of Allied submarines which operated under the command of the Flag Officer Submarines in British Flotillas during World War Two (1939 - 1945).

(ii) Officers and ratings of the Royal Navy who have commenced formal Submarine Training in the recognised training facilities.

(iii) Exceptionally, qualified submariners of other navies who have served in Royal Navy Submarines on exchange drafts for at least six months may have applications for Full Membership submitted by a branch for consideration by the National Management Committee.

(iv) A person who was a Full Member of The Association on 27 March 1999 and has continued to be a Full Member.

(v) A person who meets the criteria in Clause 3(a) subsections (i) (ii) (iii) and (iv) is ineligible to become an Associate Member

(b) The Association may award Honorary Membership to persons who have made significant contributions to the objectives of The Association.
National Honorary Membership of The Association may be offered by the National Management Committee, after agreement of the National Council, to persons who have made significant contributions to the objectives of the Association on a wider scale than at branch level. Nominations for such Honorary membership may be from branches or one or more members of the National Management Committee.
The Association also has two levels of award for which nominations will be considered.

(i) The Patron’s Commendation, principally for national work and strictly limited to preserve its status as a very special award.

(ii) The President’s Certificate of Appreciation, for branch Officers who have done more than normal duty such as extremely long service in a key post and subsequent retirement.

Criteria for these awards can be found in relevant documentation held by branch secretaries or the NMC

(c) The Association is open for Associate Membership to;

(i) Individuals who share the objectives of The Association.

(ii) Submariners who have served in NATO and/or Allied Forces who do not otherwise meet the qualifications required for Full Membership.

(d) Branch Honorary and Associate Memberships shall be a matter for each Branch of The Association providing always that such Members;

(i) shall have no voting powers on matters that will come before the Branch from time to time.

(ii) shall not be eligible for nomination or election to the National Council or the National Management Committee or as an officer of a Branch.

(e) Registration of Members memberships will be registered by branches and full memberships will be recorded on the National Register via branch secretaries. This Register will be maintained by a Membership Secretary appointed by the National Management Committee. A member may be affiliated to as many branches as he wishes but can be a Full Member of only one branch and it is through this branch that he/she registers all votes on matters relating to national issues.

Branch Honorary and Associate memberships will only be registered at the branch of which they are members. National Honorary and Associate Members will be registered on the National Register by the National Membership Secretary.

(f) Members affiliated to more than one branch shall nominate a parent branch for which National Subscription be paid under Clause 4. The ‘parent branch’ is the branch in which he/she is registered as a Full Member. Affiliated Branches only receive their Subscription under Clause 4(h).

(g) Expulsion or Suspension;

(i) A member of the National Register may be expelled or suspended from The Association if, in the opinion of the National Management Committee, that member's actions bring The Association into disrepute or they act in a manner contrary to the objectives of The Association.

(ii) A member of the National Management Committee may be subject to the expulsion or suspension process from the National Management Committee if, in the opinion of the National Management Committee or on the recommendation of an Association Branch, that a Member’s action brings the NMC into disrepute or they act in a manner contrary to the objectives of the NMC.

(iii) A member may be expelled or suspended by the management of the branch at which they are registered if they fail to meet the standards of that Branch.

(iv) Any expulsion or suspension of a Member will be notified to all branches via the National Secretary and is binding on all branches during the period of expulsion or suspension.

(v) Expulsion and suspension of branch Associate Members is to be dealt with internally by the branch members and office bearers.

(h) Right of Appeal. A Member has the following right of appeal against expulsion or suspension.

(i) An appeal against expulsion or suspension must be made in writing by the Member to the National Secretary within 28 days of the decision.

(ii) The appeal must be clearly stated.

(iii) The appeal must state whether it is made on a question of fact or severity.

(iv) An appeal board of not less than 3 independent Full Members of the Association will be appointed by the National Management Committee whose decision shall be final.

(v) The appeal board may at its discretion order the unsuccessful party in the appeal to pay for all or part of the expenses of the other party other than legal expenses for representation and advice.

(vi) Appeals by branch Associate Members shall be dealt with internally by branch members and office bearers

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The Submariners Association is an Association of ex and serving Submariners which seeks to maintain the special bonds of friendship, loyalty and comradeship, together with a pride in the Submarine Service, formed during service in Her Majesty's Submarines.

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