The Royal Signals Institution (RSI) has been established under the authority of the Army Board to foster the professional and technical interests of the Royal Corps of Signals.
The Charter defines membership of the institution, how it is managed and the regulations under which it is governed.
Conditions of Membership
1. The Royal Signals Institution shall have Full Members, Ordinary Members, Associate Members and Honorary Members. Full Members and Ordinary Members alone shall be entitled to vote at Council Meetings.
2. Membership shall be open to:
a. All officers who have been Gazetted to the Corps;
b. All present and past Warrant Officers, non-commissioned officers, men, women and enlisted boys of the Corps who are or who have been commissioned or enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals;
c. All past members of the Signal Service, Royal Engineers;
d. All present members and those who have belonged to the Signal Arm of the Land Forces of the British Commonwealth, Colonies or Dependencies;
e. All past members of the WRAC or ATS, who have served with the Corps on communication duties.
3. Full Members shall consist of those members who pay:
a. Serving Regular and TA Officers who pay the full serving rate of subscriptions to Corps funds and pay the requisite subscription to the Wire and Journal;
b. Retired Officers who pay the retired rate of subscriptions to Corps funds;
c. Serving Regular and TA Soldiers who pay the full soldier rate of subscriptions to Corps funds and pay the requisite subscription to the Wire and Journal;
d. Retired Soldiers who pay the full annual subscription to the Wire and Journal as may be set from time to time by the Corps Committee.
Full Members may receive a personal copy of the Wire and Journal.
4. Ordinary Members shall consist of Retired Officers and Soldiers eligible for membership as defined in Regulation 2 but who do not subscribe to Corps funds or the Wire and Journal. They do not receive a copy of the Wire and Journal but may attend lectures.
5. Honorary Members shall consist of persons of eminence, to be selected and invited by the Council and shall receive, if they so wish, personal copies of the Wire and Journal.
6. Associate Members shall consist of such officers and others as the Council may, from time to time, decide to be eligible. They have no entitlement to receive copies of the Wire and Journal unless they opt to pay the requisite subscription for that publication but they may attend lectures. Associate Members normally would come from similar bodies from Industry or other Arms, Corps or Services.
7. If any 6 Full Members of the Council state at a Council Meeting that they consider that a Member of the Institution should cease to be a Member, the matter shall be considered at the next Council Meeting, which may be summoned specially for the purpose, due notice and particulars of the complaint being sent to the Member concerning whose conduct a complaint has been lodged, in order that he or she may be present, or submit a written statement, if he or she deems fit.
8. If those present at the next Council Meeting unanimously resolve that the Member shall cease to be a Member, his or her name shall be struck off the list of Members, and he or she shall be informed accordingly by the Secretary.
9. For the time being annual subscriptions will be as follows:
a. Full Members. For all Regular and TA serving officers, retired officers and serving soldiers who subscribe to Royal Signals Corps Funds, payment as determined by the Corps Committee;
b. Ordinary, Associate and Honorary Members no subscription.
10. A Full Member whose subscription is more than 6 months in arrears shall, after notice, have his or her name removed from the list of members.
The RSI may issue a Journal, either separately or as part of another publication. It will administer such Corps Funds, Prizes, Scholarships and Memorials as may be entrusted to it, and is also responsible to the Corps Committee for maintaining the Corps' heritage and property. The RSI may also act as the medium through which Corps Lectures and other suitable Corps activities are arranged. In order to meet its aims the RSI is to maintain close liaison with the professional bodies, academia and relevant defence industry.