The number of retired officers and airmen who have completed pensionable
service and are liable to recall is possibly in the region of 5,000
officers and 15,000 airmen/airwomen.
The Controller Reserve Forces (RAF) is located at HQ Air Command. He is
responsible for all of the non-operational aspects of reserve forces
policy and co ordination, ranging from recruitment, through training,
promotions and welfare to future planning. The following are the formed
Reserve Units for which he is responsible.
Royal Auxiliary Air Force
The RAuxAF is the RAF volunteer element that
provides trained personnel to reinforce the regular units. It consists
of volunteers who give up their weekends and holiday for training.
RAuxAF Units provide resilience and strength in depth to the RAF
operations world wide, generally by providing individual reinforcements
to regular units.
Under the Future Force 2020 programme the RAuxAF will grow to a trained
strength of around 1,800 with the principal growth will be in the
specialist areas of logistics, flight operations, medical, intelligence,
media, RAF police and cyber operations.