The Royal Air Force Regiment (RAF Regt) is a specialist airfield defence corps founded by Royal Warrant in 1942. After a 29 week trainee gunner course, its members are trained and equipped to prevent a successful enemy attack in the first instance; minimise the damage caused by a successful attack; and ensure that air operations can continue without delay in the aftermath of an attack. Raf Regiment squadrons call upon aggressive defence whereby they actively seek out infiltrators in a large area surrounding airfields. This capability is currently tested in Afghanistan where they are responsible for the security of Kandahar and Camp Bastion to ensure that enemy is unable to get within an attacking distance of the airfields. It was recognised by combined forces that a successful attack on an aircraft would be a major success for the insurgents and in the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, planes where indeed brought down with lives lost. Thus far there has not been a successful attack on an aircraft taking off or landing in Afghanistan.
Recruits that go on to 2 Squadron also need to attend a pre-parachute course prior to parachute training itself.
The RAF Regiment are trained in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) defence and equipped with advanced vehicles and detection measures and RAF Regiment instructors are responsible for training all Royal Air Force personnel in basic Force Protection, such as first aid, weapon handling and CBRN skills. Members of the... Read More