A set of leaked documents assessed by Sky News shows that Royal Air Force (RAF) recruits spend months – sometimes years – effectively flying offices instead of warplanes while waiting for slots to open. coaching. According to the report, the delays could hamper the future availability of crews to operate the frontline Typhoon and F35 squadrons at a time of growing threats from Russia and China and with a war raging in Europe, sources said. of the defense.
An internal memo from May and slides from a meeting of the RAF’s top officers in July, seen by Sky News, revealed: “An ’emerging’ problem with the Rolls-Royce engine on the Hawk jet, used by quick-reaction recruits for training.
“It will ‘reduce the capacity of the pipeline over the next three years’.
“This will increase the wait times for some trainees to join the course to around 12 months.”
He further said: “Concern about a ‘damaging drain’ of qualified pilots leaving the RAF for higher paying jobs in industry, rather than staying on the front line or in instructor roles.”
One slide read: “The drawdown is so large from such a small pool that we are approaching a point of critical mass.”
“But an RAF source said there was no ‘mass exodus’.”
A serving officer familiar with the training pipeline said: ‘At the moment it’s the biggest crap in the RAF.’
Asking to remain anonymous, they told Sky News: “To have a selection process that comes right after the astronauts are selected, so you get the crème de la crème and then have them complete their flight training over a period of six to- eight year process, when it should only take two to three years, is absolutely crazy, especially when it comes to taxpayers’ money.
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This notice was published: 2022-08-06 00:01:36