Who was responsible for deciding RAF personnel postings?
Can someone in the know provide me a brief overview of how postings worked, please?
Who (or how was it) decided who was posted to which unit? I get it that if a squadron had a need for personnel, it would effectively make a request, but who decided that Fred Smith would be posted to a unit, and not John Jones? I presume there were criteria or sorts?
I ask as I'm trying to understand how 41 Sqn had a cadre of just six officers in May 1923, soon after its re-formation, and two of them were named Hugh Jones. Appreciating that there was no convenience of computer cross-checking then as there is today, was there any attempt to regulate who was sent where, any rhyme, reason or logic (notwithstanding specific trade or duty requirements) or was it a simple case of 'we need a man on 41 Squadron, and Jones is the next available man on the list'?
A little insight would be appreciated, please, if someone is able to assist.
41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946