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What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to see when we have added new content to this site. You can get the latest blog diary entries, including the audio files, sent directly to you, as soon as they are published.

We have RSS feeds for our text and audio stories.

How to use RSS?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you see any new content that has been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader and click RSS next to the content you wish to keep up to date on. For example, if you would like to get the latest podcast from one of the RAF recruits, simply visit "Recruit Blogs" in the “Is the RAF for me?” section of the site and you’ll notice an orange RSS button on the right hand side.

How do I get RSS?

If you click on the orange RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader, or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

Below are links to a selection of news readers. All links open in a new window. 

Downloadable versions for Windows:

Newz Crawler



Browser based:

Mozilla Firefox

Web based:


My Yahoo!


Downloadable versions for Mac OS X:



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