Air Force: Staff

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF (a) pilot navigator instructors, (b) navigator instructors, (c) helicopter navigator instructors, (d) helicopter crewman instructors, (e) air engineer instructors, (f) air electronics instructors and (g) weapons instructors there were in each of the last five years; and how many of each such instructor have left the armed forces in that period.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Details of the number of RAF personnel who currently hold the relevant instructor qualifications (as at 6 December 2017) can be provided within the cost limit, and are:

Number of RAF personnel

Qualified Pilot Navigator Instructor


Qualified Navigator Instructor


Qualified Helicopter Navigator Instructor


Qualified Helicopter Crewman Instructor


Qualified Air Engineer Instructor


Electronic Warfare Instructor


Qualified Weapons Instructor


Data has been rounded to the nearest 10, where "~" denotes a number less than or equal to 5. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

Air Electronics instructor has been interpreted as Electronic Warfare instructor.

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