From today The Royal Air Force has become the first branch of the British military to open up every role to men and women, accepting applications from women to join the RAF Regiment – its ground-fighting force.
The RAF Regiment is the Air Force’s ground fighting force, protecting RAF bases, aircraft and equipment at home and abroad.
Speaking at the annual RAF Air Power Conference in July, the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, praised the opening up of close combat roles to women as a defining moment in the RAF’s history.
“A diverse force is a more operationally effective force. So I’m delighted that the RAF Regiment will be open to recruitment to women…”
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier took to twitter to say: