The RAF Regiment is an elite fighting force trained to protect RAF personnel, bases and high-value assets. Since its formation in 1942, the Regiment and its ‘Gunners’ – as they are known – have seen action around the world, including Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Every member of the RAF Regiment is trained and equipped to the highest standards. All Gunners must master a range of skills, which include infantry tactics, covert observation, target acquisition and close combat skills. Gunners also receive specialist weapons training – from pistols, rifles and light machine guns to hand grenades, mortars and anti-tank missiles.
As a global fighting force, the RAF Regiment must be ready to serve anywhere in the world. Combat training is physically and mentally demanding and can take place in the jungles of Belize or the snow plains of the Arctic. It’s not a job for the faint-hearted – Gunners need to be fit, active and prepared to endure difficult and demanding situations.
In addition to providing protection, the RAF Regiment performs a variety of other roles. The prestigious Queen’s Colour Squadron carries out ceremonial duties, including guarding Buckingham Palace, and the Regiment is often called on to support UN peacekeeping missions. Gunners can parachute into areas to enable air operations and the Regiment regularly supports Special Forces operations around the world.
For more information about the RAF Regiment, go to www.raf.mod.uk/rafregiment.