First Female RAF Regiment Officers Graduate

 In Europe, UK, Air

The first female RAF Regiment Officers have suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed the 25-week course required to become mem­bers of the RAF Regiment and grad­u­at­ed at RAF Honington, Suffolk.

Flying Officer Emma Graves (22) of Verwood, Dorset, knew that a mil­i­tary career was for her and chose to earn her com­mis­sion in the RAF undoubt­ed­ly due to the time she had spent as an Air Cadet.

“One of the biggest things I did, as a cadet, that led me to want­i­ng to join the RAF Regiment was the Air Cadet Junior Leaders Course. It not only taught me about lead­er­ship, field­craft and mil­i­tary skills, but it also gave me the con­fi­dence in myself that I could achieve more than I thought I could,” said Flying Officer Emma Graves.

Emma said the Junior Regiment Officers’ Course had been ‘tough, but thanks to the expe­ri­ence of the instruc­tors and the great cama­raderie of fellow course mates, it had on the whole been an enjoy­able course’.

Flying Officer Juliette (Jules) Abson (26) of Hereford, has sev­er­al family mem­bers that were in the mil­i­tary and she her­self had always been inter­est­ed in join­ing. She was advised to look at the RAF Regiment by a friend and fol­low­ing a visit over two years ago she decid­ed it was the most inter­est­ing.

Jules hopes to have a pos­i­tive impact on other’s careers and looks for­ward to enjoy­ing and par­tak­ing in some of the many sports that the RAF has to offer.

To other women look­ing to join the RAF Regiment she said: “I would rec­om­mend to explore their inter­est and get on as many visit days or speak to as many people as pos­si­ble. Then if it is what you want, go for it and don’t let anyone’s opin­ions hold you back.”

Emma and Jules are two of 13 Junior Officers who have now suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed their train­ing at RAF Honington to become RAF Regiment Officers.

Reviewing Officer RAF Force Protection Force Commander, Commandant General Royal Air Force Regiment, Air Officer RAF Police, Air Commodore Scott Miller said: “The Junior RAF Regiment Officers’ Course is excep­tion­al­ly chal­leng­ing and its stan­dards are unremit­ting. Those grad­u­at­ing today, includ­ing our first female offi­cers, have demon­strat­ed excep­tion­al skill, for­ti­tude and resilience, and I am proud to wel­come them into our Corps. They have earned their right to wear the RAF Regiment ‘mud­guard’ and to join our front­line. Here they will lead RAF Regiment gun­ners, excep­tion­al men and women, on a vital­ly impor­tant mis­sion to enable the RAF and its Air & Space Power in the face of adver­si­ty and threats. Demanding but hugely varied and reward­ing careers await them.”

The Junior Regiment Officers’ Course con­sists of three mod­ules: Basic Soldiering, Basic Command and Advanced Command. Recently com­mis­sioned RAF Officers are taught, devel­oped and assessed in all the nec­es­sary skills and traits, from Gunner to Flight Commander, within the Complex Air Ground Environment to enable them to suc­cess­ful­ly grad­u­ate into their first tour of duty.

Each grad­u­ate is now wel­comed into the family that makes up the RAF Regiment that deliv­ers global Force Protection for the Royal Air Force. They will now be posted to one of the RAF Regiment’s Field Squadrons where­by they will lead RAF Regiment gun­ners, excep­tion­al men and women, on a vital­ly impor­tant mis­sion to enable the RAF and its Air & Space Power in the face of adver­si­ty and threats.

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