The aim of this page is to provide you with information about how the RAF prioritises diversity and inclusion – including the RAF Diversity and Inclusion Directive, RAF networks and action groups. In addition, we have included some specific information for LGBTQ+ families and support services for our young people.
Diversity and inclusion in the RAF
The Royal Air Force Diversity and Inclusion Directive states:
“The Royal Air Force has a well-earned reputation for excellence in delivering Air and Space Power, and a proud history of success. While capable aircraft, weapons and support elements are fundamental to that reputation and success, it is our people who ultimately make the difference and give the Royal Air Force its competitive edge. Going forward, we must ensure we are able to recruit, promote and retain the widest pool of talent, and harness everybody’s full potential. With a richly diverse and inclusive workforce, we will be a better, stronger and more resilient Service. We must ensure that everyone, everywhere matters to us every day.
Diversity. The RAF is intent on increasing diversity across all minority groups including race, religion and beliefs, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, socio-economic representation and neuro-diversity. Greater diversity will enrich our understanding and broaden insight and is a critical component of the RAFs operational effectiveness.
Inclusion. A diverse workforce must be fully inclusive to harness the full potential of everybody across the RAF Whole Force. People in every part of the RAF organisation must demonstrate the highest personal standards of inclusive behaviour and all must feel included, able to achieve their full potential and able to contribute to our success, irrespective of who they are or where they came from.”
RAF diversity and inclusion Networks and Action Groups
The RAF Networks and Action Groups provide peer assistance, advice and engagement (internal and external) in support of under-represented groups. Their work is vital in realising the Chief of the Air Staff’s Intent to “make sure everybody can feel valued and included for who they are, what they bring to our organisation, and what they do to enhance the operational capability of the RAF.”
As well as the Networks and Action Groups listed below, information is also available through the Headquarters Air Diversity & Inclusion Team – [email protected]