Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF)
The Auxiliary Air Force was formed in 1924 as a volunteer force to support the RAF in peace and war. In recognition of their acievements during the Battle of Britain the prefix 'Royal' was added in 1947. Recent events have shown how key the role of the RAuxAF has become. There are 2 RAuxAF Squadrons in the Lowlands of Scotland and members of both these units have been deployed on operations.
Who can join?
To join the RAuxAF you must be aged between 18 and 50 (or up to 55 if you have previous military experience). You need to be medically fit and a citizen of the UK or the Commonwealth. Previous military experience is not necessary.
What is the commitment?
Most RAuxAF Squadrons train for one weekend a month with an additional 2-week annual training camp which may be abroad.
The initial period of service is five years. Extension of service are permitted for periods of not more than 5 years at a time up to the age of 60, providing an individual can still meet their training requirements, are medically fit and fill a vacancy on the unit establishment.
What is the reward?
You will be paid a similar daily rate of pay as the Regular RAF for all training plus travel expenses and a tax-free bounty if you complete the requisite annual training commitment. There are opportunities for adventure training which can include skiing, canoeing, mountain climbing and more.
Unless an individual has previous service experience he or she will be enlisted in the rank of aircraftman or woman. There are opportunities for advancement for personnel with the right combination of experience, personal qualities, qualifications and commitment.
There are 2 RAuxAF Squadrons in the Lowlands of Scotland, 602 Squadron in Glasgow and 603 Squadron in Edinburgh
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