The RAF Reserves support the RAF both in times of peace and war.
The East Anglia Region is home to four Squadrons:
- No 3 (RAuxAF) Police Squadron at RAF Henlow
- 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment at RAF Marham
- 2623 (East Anglian) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment at RAF Honnington
- 7630 (VR) Intelligence Squadron RAuxAF at DISC Chicksands
- 7010 (VR) Photographic Interpretation Sqn RAuxAF at RAF Marham
Who can join?
To join the RAF Reserves you need to be between 18 and 50, although those up to 55 years may be considered if they have previous service. You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland and should normally have lived in the UK for at least five years.
What is the commitment?
The training commitment varies with each Squadron. You should be willing and able to commit to a total of 27 days per year (although some Reservists undertake many more days’ annual training).
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 receive an annual tax-free bounty (£424 in the first year, rising to £1,674 after 5 years) if you complete the requisite number of training days per year.
The RAF Reserves have a well-earned reputation for retaining their volunteers, due in part to the satisfaction that is derived from doing varied and exciting jobs and part from the fact that there is an active social life which Squadron members enjoy. There is also plenty of opportunity for adventure training which can include activities such as skiing, canoeing, mountain climbing and many more.