DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Services

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  1. Received this from an oppo, found it rather amusing so thought I'd share it! Enjoy... apologies if it's been posted before?

    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.

    An aircraftman stated he had been refused permission to wear civilian attire to work, despite the fact that his uniform clashed with his eye colour.

    Another had been forced to wear uncomfortable safety boots for periods of up to eight hours straight.

    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. I feel the RAF has victimised me by forcing me to do this...I will be seeking compensation..."

    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."
  2. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    Class, that made me chuckle. :thumbright:
  3. I enjoyed that.
    I usualy get scared about reading large texts on the net cos i get bored
    But i like that it made me giggle.... ive got a large temptation to show it to my sis and wind her up :D
  4. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    I'm shocked! ;)

    PMSL :thumright:
  5. <laughs hysterically> Oh those HORRID Army people!
  6. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    Pussy, glad i didnt sign up for that load of shite.
  7. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    That's nothing, in my day it was far worse. I use to spend weeks at a time under canvas instead of in hotels, and worst of all I was expected to work, I mean I joined the RAF thinking it was cushy, only the Navy and Army got their hands dirty :thumright:[marq=down]
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    I say Sir! Some beastly man tweaked my moustache!
  9. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    Don't worry Proud, even in the late John Douglas's day at the G Spot (1948) there was breakfast in bed, a nice PO to iron and lay out the kit of the day and stoke the stoves so the mess was nice and warm for the recruits when they arose, nicely refreshed after a lay in till 0530. Chiefy made their beds whilst they washed themselves and splashed on the cologne. No rubbishy lino in those days: only the best teak parquet floor...... I mean decks... A bit of gentle doubling to and from between classes run by kind, affectionate, gentle POs and Chiefs and restaurant meals for dinner (lunch) and tea (dinner), then after reading the latest pornomags (oops, I mean educational manuals) they were tucked up in their pre-warmed beds by their kindly old Chief and read bedtime stories. Just like now. ;)
  10. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    What a pitty that sounds really hard, I think the navy should serve coco in bed, lie in till atleast 10 and shouting and swearing to be banned. I thought I was going to Raleigh for a holiday. You have really upset me now thingy.
  11. Re: DEFENCE BULLYING REPORT - RAF Worst of the Three Service

    Shouting? Swearing? What, in the post-Nelsonian RN? No, never! If they don't address you as 'Sir' there's something seriously amiss. After all, the Services are there to provide a service.

    Cocoa or Horlicks with your bedtime snack, sir? :razz:

    Junior's Galley at the G Spot...


    ...I'm sure Raleigh is just as nice! ;)

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