Welcome to the RNIOA website, which commemorates the experiences and achievements of those who served in the Royal Navy's Instructor Officer ('Schoolie') Specialisation. For operational and budgetary reasons, the Navy Board decided to disband the branch (in 1996), and pass its responsibilities to civilians and 'platform' officers (Supply, Engineering and Seaman).

An RNIOA overview of education and training plus a newly-developed history timeline (1702-1996) can be found on the 'History' page. More details of the history and sub-specialisation work undertaken by Schoolies (Meteorology and Oceanography, IT, Resettlement, etc.) can be found in 'Links' and 'Service Stories'.

The aim of our website is to provide an educational resource for former Instructor Officers and the general public concerning the work that Schoolies undertook in the Royal Navy. As such we would welcome contact from former RN Instructor Officers, and they are invited to send us their stories (see 'Service Stories'). Contributors' stories can be password protected for restricted viewing.

We are a nonprofit organisation and do not ask for donations. Our association does not have membership or hold AGMs. All decisions on the running of the RNIOA are made by its co-founders. Those wishing to show appreciation for our work can donate to the Royal Navy Officers' Charity.

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Recent News
08/08/22We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of former Schoolie Cdr Robert (Bob) W. Hutchings OBE RN, who sadly passed away recently.
15/07/22We have received an amazing new story about Ivor Lawrence (RNIO 1923-1947). Visit our stories page.
20/05/22We have received some new images from Noel Goldthorp - visit our image gallery.