Bullying in the Three Services

DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Services

A recent report by the Equal Opportunities Audit Team has found that allegations of "a culture of widespread bullying and brutality" within the British Forces are, in the most part, unfounded. The audit team, which travelled to every Defence establishment across the UK and abroad and interviewed staff from all three services, found surprisingly few cases of unfair treatment and bullying within the Army and Navy.

When it came to the Airforce, however, the report told a different story. Complaints to the EOAT came from a total of 13,555 RAF members, compared with three from Navy and just one from Army.

While this statistic is alarming in its own right, it becomes horrific when one considers that each complaint represents a sad story of abuse, mistreatment and neglect. As one senior RAF officer put it, "Each story is, in itself, a sad indictment on the RAF. When taken as a whole, however, they demonstrate a reprehensible lack of regard for personnel on the part of RAF managers at all levels."

One young pilot told of having to spend two nights in tented accommodation, despite the fact that there was an empty five-star hotel just 1km away.

Another said that he had been forced to endure a gruelling fitness test every year since he joined in 1997.

One airwoman alleged that she had been overlooked for promotion on numerous occasions, simply because she was fat, lazy and stupid.

Shockingly, RAF Senior Ranks are also subject to mistreatment. One SNCO Flight Sergeant stated, "I was deeply upset when I was addressed as 'Flight Sergeant' by an officer. He knew my name was Robert. It was just horrible - I have never been more humiliated in my life." In response a senior RAF officer stated, "the officer in question has been moved on..."

A number of personnel complained of having to attend courses that were not relevant to their jobs, such as rigorous ground combat courses and drawn-out lectures on occupational health and safety. To add insult to injury, a young corporal was even ordered to pack up chairs in the classroom after one such course.

The huge backlash against treatment of Air Force personnel should provide senior officers with a vital clue with regard to the massive retention problems experienced by the RAF in recent times. Over the past two years, Defence has spent some £19.8 million looking into the issue.

Not all of the Air Force's hierarchy, however, were upset by the revelations. Said outgoing Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Errol Flynn, KCB CBE DSO ADC BSc(Eng) FRAeS RAF, "I'm delighted with the result. I am very happy that our retention problems are due, in the most part at least, to something as harmless as bullying. I thought everyone was leaving because of me."
I know it is an old one but, having served in a joint unit for the past two years I just have to say that EVERY word of it is true. The RAF are a breed unto themselves.
RAF Managers. Many a true word spoken in jest...
I was at Cranwell two months ago watching RAF recruits carrying a telegraph pole. Not fast , like "running " or anything , just carrying . Then they put it down and went for a walk .
Daytona955 said:
I know it is an old one but, having served in a joint unit for the past two years I just have to say that EVERY word of it is true. The RAF are a breed unto themselves.
Yep as biscuits said, an old one.

But you are correct Daytona, 'Jointery' is sh1te.
Biscuits_AB said:
Yep. Haven't heard that one for at least a fortnight now.
You miserable git!

Anyway, do have a good weekend! I'm off to Stonehenge with 40,000 of my closest chums to 'do the Solstice'!!
Did the report uncover the physical abuse as well? I hear that bra-snapping and suspender belt twanging is rife. No complaint from the females though.

Did you get to the henge queensman?
The Henge..... Nah! Had a change of heart - It was pishing with rain and frankly too bloody cold! I'm too old for that sort of caper these days.
Mind you, it was popular nonetheless. On the way home on Friday they were queuing up to get in, with the local pigs demonstrating how to make a simple traffic exercise into a complete and utter cake and arrse party. Give three short fat women a Hi Vis jacket and a funny hat each and they turn into arm waving Nazis.
Drove back into Salisbury on Saturday morning past a very sad sight - mud, broken down VW Combis, strange fellows with scruffy hair and inappropriate apparell littering the road sides! Good training for Glastonbury, I guess, but I wont be going to that!
There's always next year!

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