In those good old days of RAF Germany, the Regiment did security outside the wire, plus they did SHORAD and coordinated STO operations both inside and outside the wire. Groundcrew did inside the wire.I've often wondered this. Just WTF is the point of the RAF Regiment?
Granted I was RCAF not RAF, but we are light blue not brown, our job is putting aircraft in the air not ******* about playing silly buggers.
When we played war back in the good old days in Germany, all groundcrew were issued a SMG, with which we were supposed to defend our dispersals against infiltrators.
These were supposed to be repelled by the odds and sods from the rest of the base, before they got to us, but we were the last line.
We were all trained to act as a base defence force. Is this not the case in the RAF?
IMHO (from multiple TACEVALs) they were pretty good at what they did. A bit of a niche sport and not particularly complicated, but they were well trained and equiped for their role. It wasn’t something that conventional infantry routinely rehearsed or were equipped for.
In the intervening years, they had a role in the period of expeditionary posture. Less clear and defined than in the Cold War years, but still highly relevant. The fact that it wasn’t ever really used wasn’t their fault.
Now, with much of the RAFs expeditionary capability flying of carriers and the appetite for bare base DOBs gone, it’s hard to see where their future lies.