Having read a similar thread on ARRSE I was wondering how many serving members of the RN/RM are â€˜on the squareâ€™ and prepared to come out of the â€˜cleaning gear lockerâ€™ and admit it. The British military were responsible for much of the spread of freemasonry around the world and so it is no small wonder to find a fair number of masons currently within the armed forces, although it appears that fewer people are interested these days, or at least, are prepared to say so. Iâ€™ve never hidden my involvement with the Craft and listed freemasonry in my profile interests since I first joined RR. Iâ€™m hoping to avoid the vitriol and abuse that the same thing generated on ARRSE, mainly by people who have absolutely no idea what Freemasonry is about and just showed their general ignorance by gobbing off and talking a load of shite about things they clearly had no knowledge of. You will probably be aware of the typical conspiracy theories surrounding freemasons supposedly ruling the world, and how if you are mason you will receive preferential treatment over others. All a load of bollocks so donâ€™t go down that road. Many people accuse freemasonry of being a secret society. Itâ€™s not. If it was it would be the worst kept secret ever, especially as The United Grand Lodge of England has its own website, in which it details all the lodges in England and Wales and those overseas under its jurisdiction. http://www.grandlodge-england.org/ Likewise for those north of the border, the Grand Lodge of Scotland also has its own website. http://www.grandlodgescotland.com/ And for a bit of further readingâ€¦ http://www.oelodge.uklinux.net/history.htm http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/01/14/nmasons14.xml This thread is principally aimed at those that are still serving in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (sorry civvies) although I'd be interested in comments from ex-matelots that are masons. Brethren from the other services are also more than welcome to contribute.