The RAF overseas experience

RAF overseas

At the RAF Families Federation, we regularly hear from families in a range of overseas locations. Over the past four years we have dealt with issues and queries relating to postings from the USA to Brunei, and from Norway to the Falklands!

At the RAF Families Federation, we regularly hear from families in a range of overseas locations. Over the past four years we have dealt with issues and queries relating to postings from the USA to Brunei, and from Norway to the Falklands!

We would now like to find out more about the RAF overseas experience and this Spring we will be running an online survey and a series of interviews. We are therefore looking for RAF personnel and their families who are currently serving on overseas postings to take part in this study (or who have returned within the past 12 months). Our focus will be on overseas accompanied postings, but we would also welcome views from families who chose not to accompany their RAF Serving person.

We are carrying out this research as part of the ongoing RAF Dispersed Families Project, an initiative funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.

How can you take part?

The survey will be going live on our website over the coming weeks. We will advertise it via Facebook and Twitter, so please follow us on these channels and subscribe to the eBulletin to make sure that you do not miss it. Interviews will run alongside the survey and will be conducted face-to-face, or by Skype or telephone where needed.

You can also get in touch with the Project Manager, Tor Johnson, to express an interest in taking part:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 07773 968601

We will ask for some basic details so that we can get in touch once the study is up and running* The more responses we get, the better idea we will have of what life is like for our overseas families, so you can also help us by spreading the word with your colleagues, family and friends.

What will we do with the results?

We will present our results to the RAF, MOD and other agencies, as appropriate. The views that you provide will help us to shape policy and to ensure that support for families living overseas meets their needs. We appreciate that overseas experiences may depend on posting type and location, but if we receive enough responses then we may also be able to make recommendations that are specific to these factors.

Subscribe to the eBulletin

Join the RAF Dispersed Families Facebook group

*We are very protective of our families and will only use your details for which you have subscribed to and we will not share it with anyone else.

This news story is included in the Spring edition of Envoy magazine – the free magazine for RAF personnel and your families too. You can sign up online to have your own copy sent to your home (quarterly).

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