RAF Structure Part 1

The professional head of the RAF is the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton. The CAS heads the Air Force Board, which is a committee of the Defence Council. The Air Force Board is the management board of the RAF and consists of the Commander-in-Chief of Air Command (Air Chief Marshal Simon Bryant), together with several other high ranking officers. The CAS also has a deputy known as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (ACAS); this post is held by Air Vice-Marshal B M North.


Authority is delegated from the Air Force Board to the RAF’s command. While there were once individual commands responsible for bombers, fighters, training, etc., now only the Air Command exists, headquartered at RAF High Wycombe.

The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy (RN) is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service.

The Royal Navy is a blue-water navy and its ability to project power globally has been considered second only to the U.S. Navy. As a prominent blue-water navy it operates an array of ships including an aircraft carrier, a helicopter carrier, landing platform docks, ballistic missile submarines, nuclear fleet submarines, guided missile destroyers, frigates, mine counter-measures and patrol vessels and many, many more. The Royal Navy maintains the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons via its ballistic missile submarines.

The Royal Navy is part of the Naval Service, which also comprises the Royal Marines, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Marines Reserve. As of mid 2011, the Royal Navy numbered approximately 37,300 regulars. In addition, there were 19,600 regular reserves.

Take a look at the ships used in the Navy, to get a deeper grasp and in-depth knowledge of how they use the Navy as one of Britain’s greatest defence systems.

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The Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. The RAF has taken a significant role in British military history, playing a large part in the Second World War and in more recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan.

The RAF is one of the most capable and technologically sophisticated air forces in the world, and as of mid 2011. The RAF has total manpower strength of 42,200 regular personnel and 1,500 Royal Auxiliary Air Force personnel. In addition the RAF can call-upon 33,400 fully trained Royal Air Force Reserves. The majority of the RAF’s aircraft and personnel are based in the UK with many others serving on operations or at long-established overseas bases.

Although the RAF is the principal British air power arm, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and the British Army’s Army Air Corps also deliver air power which is integrated into the maritime, littoral and land environments.

From this we can see that the British armed forces are well equipped, and are our best form of defence.

Interview with Ex-army man

I sat down with an ex-army Colour Sergeant, who is now a manager of one of the world’s largest haulage contractors. He talks about how different and not so different his experiences were in the army, to the job he does now.

To listen to the experiences first hand please click on the podcast below.

If you have any comments, or would like to share your experiences and thoughts, we’d love you to get in touch.

Interview with Ex-army man