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Bullying - yet more. When will it end?

#1
*REPORT BY THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ADVISORY TEAM (EOAD)
INTO BULLYING IN H M FORCES*
The EOAD has presented its latest report to SofS and has
found that allegations of ‘a culture of widespread
bullying and brutality’ within the British Armed Forces
are, in the most part, unfounded. The Advisory Team,
which travelled to every Defence Establishment across
the UK and overseas, interviewed staff from all three
services and found surprisingly few cases of unfair
treatment or bullying within the Royal Navy and the
British Army.
However, endemic mistreatment would appear to exist in
the Royal Air Force. Complaints to the EOAT numbered
13,555 from the RAF, compared to 3 from the Navy and
just 1 from the 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 was quoted: “Each
story is, in itself, a sad indictment of the RAF. When
taken as a whole, however, they demonstrate a
reprehensible lack of regard for personnel on the part
of RAF management at all levels, and I include junior
managers in particular.”
One young pilot told of having to spend two nights in
tented accommodation, despite the fact that there was a
five-star hotel just 10 kms away with rooms available.
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.
An aircraftman stated that he had been refused
permission to wear civilian attire to work, despite the
fact that his uniform clashed with the blonde highlights
he had put in his
hair.
Another had been forced to wear uncomfortable safety
boots for periods of up to eight hours at a time.
An RAF clerk could not understand why she had been sent
to work in a Joint military headquarters. “I have been
forced to work for horrid Army people who just don’t
understand what the military is all about” she stated,
“I feel that the RAF has victimised me by forcing me to
do this….I shall be seeking compensation.”
Shockingly, RAF Senior Ranks are also subject to
widespread mistreatment. One SNCO Flight Sergeant
stated: “I was deeply,
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 RAF 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.
A huge backlash against the 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 years. Over the past 24 months,
Defence has spent £19.8 million looking into the issue.
Not all of the Air Force’s hierarchy, however, were
upset by the revelations. Outgoing Chief of the Air
Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Errol Flynn, KCB CBE DFC
ADC BSc (Eng) FRAeS stated: “I am 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.”
 
#2
PMSL!!!!

Someone I know was deeply traumatised with the RAF after being issued last years Samsonite model. Got a compassionate discharge after suffering from Post Traumatic Shock
 
#3
:D :D :D :D :D
ROFL!!! - nice on ORC - got to be a Wah!
I particulary liked:
An aircraftman stated that he had been refused
permission to wear civilian attire to work, despite the
fact that his uniform clashed with the blonde highlights
he had put in his
hair.
... if you're going to publish it I'd like a signed first edition copy please!
 
#4
How can such a dereliction of duty on the part of senior RAF officers still go on in this day and age after all it is 2007 not 1907 My heart goes out to those poor poor guys with the propeller thingy for a rank slide :x I may have to go sick in the morning don't think I can face a day at work after reading about such horrors :hump:
 
#5
Thought this must be a wind-up until I saw the specific cases mentioned. Absolutely disgusting! Next they'll be requiring them to work away from home ffs!
 
#6
One SNCO Flight Sergeant
stated: “I was deeply,
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.”
I believe he went on to say
"when i went to the cookhouse and asked the cook
what was for luncheon, the cook replied
"Mince"- I insisted he should be charged for making
homophobic remarks"
 

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
#13
lsquared said:
Easy question - Simple answer.

Professional investigation and

SERIOUS CIVILIAN JAIL SENTENCES TO THE SH!T FOUND GUILTY.

End of.
Numbskull! Did you actually READ the post before passing comment? Try again!
 
#14
Legs said:
lsquared said:
Easy question - Simple answer.

Professional investigation and

SERIOUS CIVILIAN JAIL SENTENCES TO THE SH!T FOUND GUILTY.

End of.
Numbskull! Did you actually READ the post before passing comment? Try again!
Of course I did not read the posts - seldom do. As for being a n
'numbskull', after ten years of Bliar and his thieving spivs my skull sure is numb and so is my brain.

Yep, got Bliar into another post.
 
#16
I cannot say I'm surprised. The RAF have always had a terrible reputation for chucking their weight around. Why my father regularly used to chuck his weight, a bombload of 4500 lbs, at German civilians.
 
#17
It has to be said ... the RAF is "different".

The biggest difference is, of course, the "fixed base". Posted there, stay there, quarters and messes and local town. Whereas ...

RN ... always disappering in ships for months at a time
Army ... always disappearing on deployment/Ex for months at a time.

Izza bitch, eh!

No wonder the RAF have a different view on life. RU jealous :?: :wink:
 
#19
Cuddles said:
blue_sophist said:
It has to be said ... the RAF is "different".
Yes different, not "special"...
Agree entirely, although ALL are "special" ...

1. For being bold enough to join in the first place.
2. Army for the physical discomfort and danger.
3. Navy for the physical discomfort and separation from family.
4. RAF for ..... being bold enough to join in the first place? :wink:
 

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