The Reserve Air Forces comprise the RAF Reserves and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF). While members of the RAF Reserves work full time or part time in the RAF, the RAuxAF is made up of volunteers who work full-time in civilian employment and are called upon to support the RAF at times of need. Since its formation in 1924, the RAuxAF has played a significant role in military deployments all over the world – most recently in Cyprus, Kuwait, Iraq and the Falkland Islands.
Today’s volunteers continue to play vital roles in supporting the RAF in its defence and peacekeeping operations. As the size of the Regular Air Force is shrinking, the Reserve Air Forces have never had a more important role to play.
Every member of the Reserves is trained to the same high standards as Regular RAF personnel, developing skills in weapon handling and live firing, first aid, fieldcraft and physical fitness. Members of the RAuxAF spend approximately 27 days per year training, during their spare time, in the evenings and at weekends. When called upon, they work alongside their Regular counterparts as one single force.
The Reserve Air Forces perform roles in a wide range of trades – from flight operations and force protection to medical support and intelligence analysis. In any role, there is the opportunity to gain transferable skills, travel to new places and experience a unique and fulfilling lifestyle that offers the best of both worlds.
Go to the RAF Reserves website to find out more.