The Air Member for Personnel
) is the senior Royal Air Force
officer who is responsible for personnel matters and is a member of the Air Force Board
. He is in charge of all aspects of recruiting, non-operational flying and ground training, career management, welfare, terms and conditions of service, and resettlement for RAF regular, reserve and civilian staffs worldwide.
The current Air Member for Personnel is double-hatted as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Air Command
with responsibility for No. 22 Group RAF
and RAF personnel management functions.
The post of Master-General of Personnel was established on 3 January 1918 and the occupant sat on the Air Council
. The first incumbent was Major-General Godfrey Paine. Some time in April or June 1919, the post was downgraded to Director of Personnel within the Department of the Chief of the Air Staff and the incumbent ceased to sit on the Air Council. However, in 1923 the appointment of Director of Personnel was upgraded to that of Air Member for Personnel and re-appointed to the Air Council.
On 1 April 1994, at the establishments of Personnel and Training Command, the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief was also appointed as Air Member for Personnel. Upon the merger of Personnel and Training Command with Strike Command
to form RAF Air Command
on 1 April 2007, the post of AOC Personnel and Training was re-designated as Deputy Commander-in-Chief
Personnel (DCinC Pers), retaining the responsibility to Chief of the Air......