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Force Development Squadron

The mission of Force Develpment Squadron is to provide the ASACS Force with a comprehensive and robust Force Development programme to support the Station Commander’s Directive and Main Effort.

What is Force Development?

Force Development is a concept which encompasses areas of training that cross traditional boundaries of job-related training and development. It is the method of driving the ‘Warfighter first, specialist second’ ethos home to all those in the Service and with the realisation that expeditionary operations are here to stay and this requires more from all service personnel. The current tempo of operations, at home and abroad, means that RAF personnel must be fit and ready to deploy at short notice and, as such, they must train and prepare accordingly.

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Who delivers Force Development at RAF Boulmer?

Force Development Squadron is made up from the disciplines listed below. Each has its specific role to play and each supports the other, crossing boundaries to provide a comprehensive and robust training programme.

Physical Education Flight

Operations Site Gym Facilities

The Ops Site gym is located in the SABM and is open 24/7. Equipment includes cardio-vascular/aerobic, fixed weights and free weights. Personnel will require an induction before using the Ops Site gym for the first time.

Sports Hall

The Sports Hall, located on the Main Site, can be used for a number of team activities including 5-a-side football, basketball, uni-hoc, volleyball and badminton. It also incorporates cricket nets and a climbing wall.

Fitness Suite

A modern fitness training facility is located in the gymnasium. It houses aerobic training machines such as rowers, treadmills, steppers, bikes and elliptical trainers. For weight training there are single-station resistance machines and a comprehensive range of free weights and Olympic lifting platforms. The building contains full shower and changing facilities. Fitness suite membership cards and Health and Safety at Work briefings are available from the PEd Flight. Families of Service personnel, MOD Civilians and contractors are also able to take up membership.

Adventurous Training

Various expeditions are run each year and are publicised widely throughout the Station. They include mountaineering, sea kayaking, canoeing, climbing, skiing and mountain biking. The PEd staff are available to assist you in the organisation of your own expedition. Service personnel can also take full advantage of the many ‘Eagles Schemes’ on offer. The Station ATI can assist with all applications.

Circuit Training

Circuit training sessions are run on Tuesday and Thursday between 0800 - 0900 in the Sports Hall. All standards of fitness are catered for and everyone is welcome. Cross fit sessions are run in the Fitness Suite on a Monday and Wednesday between 1215 – 1300. Spinning classes are run in the Sports Hall on a Friday between 1215 - 1300

Fitness Testing

The RAF Fitness Test is compulsory bi-annually for all personnel. Personnel are required to stay in date for the test which, following a successful attempt is valid for 6 months. Testing is conducted Monday and Thursday at 1000 and Wednesday at 0815 in the Sports Hall. The Rockport Walk Test is conducted on a Tuesday at 1000 and must be booked in advance with the PEd Flt

Squash Courts

There are two squash courts with changing / showering facilities. They are situated directly behind the cricket pavilion on the Main Site.


Swimming is also available 1900 on Wednesday evenings at the Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick. MT Transport is available.

Sports Clubs

A range of sports clubs exist at RAF Boulmer with a wide variety of both summer and winter activities organised. For further information please contact the PEd Staff.

CO's Cup

CO's Cup events are run once a month. The cup is awarded to the section scoring the most points over the course of a year. For more details of events or how to become involved please contact the PEd Staff.

Willowburn Leisure Centre - Alnwick

Willowburn Avenue
NE66 2JH
Tel: 01665 605030

Willowburn Leisure Centre Website

Force Development Training Flight

This is where personnel can get advice and guidance on personal professional development to maintain currency or to develop future career opportunities. Close links are maintained with the Personal Learning Advisor (PLA) to ensure easy access to night classes and other further education opportunities provided by the local authorities.

Force Protection Training Flight

The Force Protection Training Flight delivers Individual Readiness Training consisting of Skill at Arms, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear training, First Aid and Station Guard Force Training to all RAF Boulmer Service personnel. They are also the operators of the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer; a computer based firing range where personnel can experience a whole range of different scenarios, testing their communications and weapons skills.

The Pillars of Force Development

The Force Development concept is built around five main areas known as ‘Pillars’ as detailed below:


To develop an understanding of RAF history, discuss the Morality of War and the implications of respect, integrity, service and excellence (RISE). Additionally, ethos is developed to strengthen the spirit and attitudes of the military community, whilst focussing on the core task.

Leadership Training

This is the development of the RAF’s greatest resource; it’s personnel. This is achieved through team development, adventure training (AT), high/low ropes courses and theory training.

Air Warfare/Air Power

This is the fostering of an understanding of the relative aspects of modern air combat operations and of personnel’s individual and collective responsibilities in delivering the Air Surveillance and Control System elements in a robust and effective manner.

Common Military Skills

This is the provision of the most up-to-date tri-service training based on ‘lessons learnt’ to ensure personnel are prepared and able to take their place on the battlefield in any environment.

Deployed Operations Training

This is the preparation of personnel for out-of-area operations through regularly practicing these skills during exercises.

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