Overseas posting


Wherever you are in the world, if you are part of a Serving RAF family the RAF Families Federation is there for you.

We understand that being outside the UK can make some things more difficult. Whatever the challenge we are only any email or phone call away.

Overseas schooling

The RAF Family – experiences from around the world

The online survey is now live for our research into experiences of RAF Families living overseas – please go to the survey launch page.


Life in Cyprus is very different. The MOD are quick to point out that:

“While you will undoubtedly have ‘fun in the sun’, a tour here will be operationally focused for most people. There are important jobs to do, which will require commitment and dedication. We are quite a long way from home, some of the accommodation is pretty old and we can’t replicate all of the health and social welfare facilities available in the UK.

“There are many compensations – great weather for most of the year, plenty of opportunities for sport, hobbies and adventurous training, and many interesting places in the region to visit”.

GOV.UK guide to Cyprus

MOD British Forces Cyprus Pre-Arrivals Brief

For more information on the following locations:

To find more on the MOD website Click here


The European Joint Support Group (EJSG) provides support to UK Military and UK Based Civilians in NATO and European Union Military Staff posts in Europe and Turkey through National Support Elements.

Details of the European Joint Support Unit on MOD website


Some useful links for Gibraltar:

RAF Gibraltar website

MOD Gibraltar on Twitter

South Atlantic

British forces overseas: Falkland Islands and Ascension Island


All positions in the USA are trawled for and personnel are advised to contact both the individual they would replace and/or the unit A1 staff prior to volunteering and after receiving their Assignment Order. Aside from a select few digital positions, all assignment locations have an A1 presence and all personnel have somebody they can talk to before volunteering or before their assignment. In some circumstances there are assignments where considerable personal financial outlay is required; again this will be briefed to personnel at the time.

Image: An aerial view of Europa Point (the southernmost point of Gibraltar). Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.