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    Default Abbreviations RTO and SLSA

    Can any one offer a decode for these two abbreviations found on an Airman's Record Sheet (Form 1580):
    Trade Classification - RTO (also later listed whilst in aircrew training as RTO/AG)
    SLSA is shown several times in the format 'Drew SLSA xx days' possibly a type of leave?
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    Hi Dave

    Given, in army terms at least 'RTU' was 'returned to unit' eg for failing the selection process for the Paras, maybe RTO was 'Returned to ...' something.

    Returned to ops, maybe? Going back to an operational squadron after a period at the end of a first tour training others at OTU or something like that?

    Just a guess.

    Ian

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    When did he join up? It sounds like it could mean Radio Telephone Operator, an alternative term for WOp (and rather older version) , especially in conjunction with AG.

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    Hi Dave
    I don't know what SLSA means but consider the possibility that the A in SLSA is "Allowance", an extra payment for a specific purpose. I note that you quote it as "Drew SLSA xx days" the Drew might be the significant word. In a service where you were provided with full bed and board it was common to pay an extra allowance to cover a detachment away from a base camp and away from the full facilities of such a place,(such a thing was also paid as "Ration Allowance" post war when going on leave). There is also the possibility that it refers to equipment issued against a signature for a period and returned after use, this could occur with firearms, ammunition or some specialised equipment not issued as a standard part of an Airman's kit.
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    Using Dick's suggestion could it be something like Standard Leave Subsistance Allowance - rations/coupons for period of leave?

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    There is a useful crib sheet of RAF abbreviations here

    http://www.worldwar2exraf.co.uk/index.html

    RTO = Rail Transport Office(r)

    SLSA = Sick Leave Subsistence Allowance (?)

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    Last edited by davew; 23rd June 2008 at 15:48. Reason: More info added

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    Thank you gentlemen.
    I am doing this for a non-aviation person, who plans to corner the subject soon - and if their memory is up to it, maybe we can nail it.
    Ian, it is definately written as RTO rather than RTU and is there right from first posting, so 'return to' might not be appropriate.
    Amrit, subject joined in 1940 and was ground duties untill 1942, maybe radio telephone operator fits.
    Dick, we are the same mind in picking up on 'drew', so allowance fits nicely.
    Sick leave/Standard leave...Hmm.
    DaveW, Rail Transport Office(r) was all I could think of.
    If the subject knows I will report back!
    Dave

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