2503 (County of Lincoln)

The facts

Station name: RAF Waddington

Station address: Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 9NB

Motto: Freedom of the skies and of the land

Mission: To provide RAF Regiment Gunners and force protection specialists to support RAF operations at home and overseas

Roles: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/roles/

Get in touch: 0345 606 9069

More about this squadron

Based at RAF Waddington, 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron is one of the six RAF Reserves units with a Force Protection role. The unit consists chiefly of RAF Regiment gunners trained in infantry skills, but it also has a limited number of personnel in support duties.

Roles and specialist skills

Gunners are required to master a range of skills, including infantry tactics, covert observation, target acquisition and close combat. Gunners also receive specialist weapons training, and become expert at handling everything from a bayonet to an anti-tank missile. The RAF Regiment needs to operate 24 hours a day, in any weather, so our Gunners become skilled in the use of the latest night-vision aids and other surveillance equipment. The progressively challenging training begins with general service knowledge and basic foot drill, before moving onto weapons and tactics, signals, first-aid and off-road driving.

Combat training is physically and mentally demanding and can take place anywhere in the world, from the jungle to the Arctic. Gunners need to be fit, active and prepared to endure difficult and demanding situations.

For reasons of combat effectiveness, women cannot be accepted for this role.

Recent deployments

Our Reservists have served widely over the last fifteen years, on operations in Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.


The squadron was formed at RAF Scampton in 1979, and moved to RAF Waddington in 1985. The squadron’s Reservists have participated with great success in military skills competitions, and its shooting team has represented the RAF in competitions in the UK and overseas

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