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House of Lords Written Answers for Monday 19 August 2013

Armed Forces: Royal Air Force

Asked by Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, in the Royal Air Force are of the RAF Regiment specialisation.[HL1981]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): The Royal Air Force Regiment is established for 354 Officers, up to and including Group Captain rank, and 2,206 Airmen, up to and including Warrant Officer rank. The RAF Regiment requires all personnel to be capable of dismounted close combat; hence-unlike all other RAF branches and trades-female personnel may not serve in the specialisation.

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