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    Default Reserve of Air Force Officers (RAFO)

    If I understand W/C 'Jeff' Jefford's article Air Force Reserves: 1912 to Munich (https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documen...ary-Forces.pdf), when RAFO became a tangible presence in 1923 the intention was to create a reserve for an expanding RAF, consisting of wartime veterans and commercial pilots. Although the reservists would be required to undergo 12 hours of refresher training by civilian firms annually, they would otherwise continue in their peacetime employment. They would only become full-time officers if/when mobilised.

    I appreciate that as RAFO developed basic flying training was offered to non-aviators, but is my interpretation/understanding basically correct?

    Brian

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    Hi Brian
    AFAIK with RAFO
    Class AA1 Direct entrants - some previous flying experience.
    Class AA2 Direct entrants - no previous flying experience

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    Thank you bvs. I think these are only part of the classification system, in that Fig 2 of Jefford's article lists five classes (A-F) determined by a pilot's availability.

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    Hi Brian
    Excerpt from an RAF Historical Society Journal...

    A Conceived 1918; implemented 1923. Ex-regular
    commissioned pilots (12 hrs/yr).
    AA1 Direct entrant officers with some previous flying experience,
    eg ex-UAS (12 hrs/yr).
    AA2 Direct entrant officers with no previous flying experience (12
    hrs/yr).
    B Conceived 1918; implemented 1923. Ex-regular technical
    officers requiring up-to-date knowledge (14 days/yr if
    required).
    BB Technical officers with no previous regular service
    experience requiring up-to-date knowledge (14 days/yr if
    required).
    C Conceived 1918; implemented 1923. Ex-regular/wartime
    technical and other officers, eg accountants, not requiring upto-date knowledge (no mandatory training but up to 14
    days/yr permitted).
    CC Non-specialist civilians in RAF employ who would be
    commissioned on mobilisation (no training).
    D Conceived 1918; implemented 1923. Ex-regular doctors &
    dentists (no training during mandatory reserve period but up
    to 14 days/yr if extended).
    DD Doctors & dentists with no previous regular service
    experience (no mandatory training).
    E Conceived 1918; implemented 1923. Ex-regular airmen (up
    to 14 days/yr if required but 12 hrs/yr mandatory for airmen
    pilots).
    F Established circa 1935. Airmen pilots with no previous
    regular service experience (30 hrs/yr). Entry into Class F (the
    NCO equivalent of Class AA2) ceased following
    establishment of RAFVR in 1937.
    G Established 1945. Released ex-regular and reserve airmen
    engaged to serve ‘for the present emergency’ (the Army
    equivalent was Class Z). No routine training commitment but
    liable for recall while in reserve. Last intake 31 December
    48; liability to recall terminated 30 June 59.
    H Established 1 January 49 for ex-airmen subject to the 1948
    National Service Act. Originally 6, later 3, year’s reserve
    training liability (not more than 21 days in any one year up to
    a total of 60); this obligation terminated 30 June 64.
    J Established circa 1948. Similar to Class CC in that it
    comprised civilians who might be required to exercise
    executive authority and/or wear uniform on mobilisation, but
    only in a specific locality, ie they could not be posted
    (without their consent).
    rgds baz
    Last edited by bvs; 29th October 2020 at 10:44.

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    Default Re: Reserve of Air Force Officers (RAFO)

    Thank you baz. I was asking the question because although 'RAFO' appears quite frequently in this, other forums and elsewhere, it is quite difficult to find a basic description of the abbreviation (I was probably using the wrong keywords). However, if you could provide a link to your source, that, plus mine, should provide a comprehensive reference.

    Brian

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    Default Re: Reserve of Air Force Officers (RAFO)

    Sorry Brian - I had meant to post a link - scroll down to Page 5

    https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documen...ary-Forces.pdf

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    I'm not sure if this helps, but those people granted an SSC which would terminate during WW2 were posted to the RAFO on the completion of the SSC and continued to serve for the duration. Regards, Terry

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    Default Re: Reserve of Air Force Officers (RAFO)

    Thank you Baz and Terry for the last two posts.

    I was wondering why there seemed to be a significant number of RAFO personnel throughout the war, Terry, but you have supplied the answer, thank you.

    Brian

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