Welcome to the RNIOA website, which commemorates the experiences and achievements of those who served in the Royal Navy’s Instructor Officer (Schoolie) Specialisation. In the face of various operational and budgetary pressures during the 1990s, the Navy Board decided to disband the specialisation; and pass the tasks to civilians and ‘platform’ officers (Supply, Engineering and Seaman). As a consequence the IO specialisation was disbanded in 1996.

A brief overview of education and training provided by Schoolies can be found in the ‘History’ section. More details about the specialist work carried out by Schoolies, such as Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC), Information Systems (IS), Management Training and Resettlement, are on the 'Links and ‘Service Stories’ pages.
The aim of our website is to provide an educational resource for former Instructor Officers and the general public concerning the spectrum of 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’). We have made every effort to ensure this process is secure.

We are self-funding and give freely of our time so we do not ask for donations. Our association, as yet, does not have membership or hold AGMs. All decisions on the running of the RNIOA are currently made by its two co-founders. If those submitting stories wish to show appreciation for our work however, they can donate a modest amount to the Royal Naval Officers' Charity (RNOC).

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