Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion in the Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force is an inclusive employer which supports and values difference. The Equality Act 2010 sets out the legal protection in place for personnel who fall into the following 9 Protected Characteristics:

Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

You may not consider that you fall into any of the Protected characteristics but most people fit into at least one, forming part of a diverse workforce. Therefore, at some stage in your life you, or a family member, may suffer from discrimination, or find yourself in need of guidance and support - would you know where to go to find this?

The leaflet below provides you with a starting point on where you can go for help:

At Ease - supporting difference (PDF, 579KB)


Pround2Serve is a Facebook site of resources for the military community on matters of sexuality and sexual orientation in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Proud2Serve Facebook site

Ministry of Defence LGBT

The MoD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum was formed in order to represent and promote the interests of the MoD LGBT Community. The Forum has an elected committee and wider network which assists in the communication of LGBT issues and provides an essential support network for LGBT staff and their colleagues.

Whilst the Forum is primarily in place for use by the LGBT community, all MoD Personnel Military or Civilian are encouraged to engage with the group. Further details are available on the Defence Intranet (internal users only).


Founded in 1989, Stonewall are here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.

Stonewall believes that we're stronger united, so they partner with organisations that help them create real change for the better. Theyt have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. Stonewall are here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

Stonewall Website

Service Complaints Ombudsman

The role of the Service Complaints Ombudsman is to provide independent and impartial scrutiny of the handling of Service complaints made by members of the UK Armed Forces.

Service Complaints Ombudsman Website

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Commission works to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

Equality and Human Rights Commission Website

Race for Opportunity

Race for Opportunity is committed to improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities across the United Kingdom. It is the only race diversity campaign that has access to and influence over the leaders of the UK's best known organisations.

Race for Opportunity Website

Opportunity Now

Opportunity Now is a membership organisation for employers who are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for women. Opportunity Now provides innovative thought leadership on gender issues in the workplace. It develops, shares and celebrates best practice in overcoming the challenges employers face in the recruitment, retention and development of women.

Opportunity Now Website