Who we help

Who we help

The RNBT gives help, in cases of need, to serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks; they are known as Primary Beneficiaries. We also help their partners, children and some others connected with them. Our beneficiaries are known collectively as The RNBT Family.

The RNBT Family history

We will consider applications for assistance from any member of The RNBT Family. If you fit one of the following descriptions then, apart from a few exceptions, you are almost certainly part of The RNBT Family.

Serving and ex-serving men and women

You are a past or present RN rating or RM other rank - a Primary Beneficiary.

Wives, husbands and partners

You are the dependent partner of a Primary Beneficiary with whom you live.


You are the child, under the age of 18, of a Primary Beneficiary (living or deceased). This may include: a dependent child who is not the natural child of a Primary Beneficiary, a child who has continued in full time education on reaching the age of 18 and a child over the age of 18 who is unable to support themself because of mental or physical disability.

Widows and widowers

You are the widow or widower of a deceased Primary Beneficiary with whom you were living at the time of death and are not living with a new partner.

Separated or divorced wives and husbands

You are the separated or divorced wife or husband of a Primary Beneficiary and are not living with a new partner.

This is not an exhaustive list and individual circumstances can be complicated. If you have any doubts or queries, we are always ready to listen and tell you whether or not you are eligible.

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