Officers advanced training school -W.A.A.F administration



Officers advanced training school -W.A.A.F administration


Covers policy, organisation, chain of control, administration, discipline, disciplinary powers and status of W.A.A.F. officers and N.C.O.s, saluting, promotion/officers, promotion/remustering and reclassification - airwomen and pay.



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[date stamp of No. 1 Officers Advance Training School JUL 1945]
References: A.P. 837, Sect. 54
A.P. 3088 (K.R. for W.A.A.F.)
A.M.O’s as quoted.
[underlined] Policy [/underlined]
1. To economise man-power by substituting women for R.A.F. personnel in as many appointments and trades as possible. Over 70 trades, including some in Group I (latest additions in A.222/44) and about 17 officer branches or sub-branches now established. Possibilities of extending substitution continually under review by Air Ministry standing committee.
[underlined] Organisation [/underlined]
2. W.A.A.F. absorbed into armed forces of Crown by Defence (Women’s Forces) Regulations 1941 (A.466/41 amended by A.850/41), A.42/42, A.330/43). Modified form of A.F.A. applied, and Air Council empowered to issue regulations, now published in A.P. 3088, (K.R. & A.C.I. for W.A.A.F.).
3. Under orders of Air Council and R.A.F. commanders at different levels down to unit commanders, with its own women officers responsible for general efficiency, well-being and esprit-de-corps. This responsibility carried out by W.A.A.F. (G) officers and Administrative N.C.O’s.
[underlined] Chain of Control [/underlined]
4. (a) [underlined] Director W.A.A.F. [/underlined] (D.W.A.A.F.) responsible, in Department of A.M.P., for well-being of force.
(b) [underlined] Inspector of W.A.A.F. [/underlined] On staff of Inspector-General to look after W.A.A.F. aspects of his work.
(c) [underlined] W.A.A.F. (G) Staff Officers at Air Ministry [/underlined] established as necessary in service departments of A.M. to control or advise on W.A.A.F. aspects of work of directorates to which appointed.
(d) [underlined] W.A.A.F. Standing Conference and W.A.A.F. Advisory Council [/underlined] purposes outlined in A.1392/42.
(e) [underlined] W.A.A.F. (G) Staff Officers at Commands and Groups [/underlined] under supervision of senior administrative officer to act as specialist advisers on W.A.A.F. matters to A.O’s.C in C. and A.O’s.C. and their staffs.
(f) [underlined] W.A.A.F. (G) Officers i/c W.A.A.F. Sections on Stations [/underlined] responsible to C.O. for general efficiency, discipline, progressive training and well-being of W.A.A.F. personnel. To be regarded as specialist officers in these matters and given status and facilities accordingly, including transport where necessary to visit detachments. Assisted in their work by:-
(i) W.A.A.F. Substitution Officers: W.A.A.F. Section to be divided into “Administrative Flights”, each to be run by a W.A.A.F. substitution officer responsible to W.A.A.F. (G) officer.
(ii) [underlined] W.A.A.F. Administrative N.C.O’s. [/underlined] responsible to W.A.A.F. (G) officers.
(A.83/42 as amended by A.1392/42)
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[underlined] Administration [/underlined]
5. W.A.A.F. personnel administration broadly similar to R.A.F. Training for and duties of officer posts and airwomen trades identical except for physical limitations. Airwomen under command of appropriate R.A.F. or W.A.A.F. substitution officer for work; for discipline and general efficiency under charge of W.A.A.F. (G) Branch. (A.209/43).
[underlined] Channels of Communication [/underlined]
6. Normally as for R.A.F. If W.A.A.F. (G) officer considers orders issued by C.O. adversely affect W.A.A.F., and representations to C.O. unsuccessful, may approach Group W.A.A.F. (G) Staff Officer direct, (sending copies of correspondence to C.O.). Similar direct approach when disagreement arises may be made upwards through Commands to D.W.A.A.F.
[underlined] Discipline [/underlined]
7. A.F.A. applied generally to the W.A.A.F. with modifications. Nine of the sections 4 to 41 of A.F.A. applied in modified form to W.A.A.F. under Defence (Women’s Forces) Regulations in 1941 when W.A.A.F. was declared a part of the Armed Forces of the Crown. Serious civil offences dealt with by Civil Courts. All W.A.A.F. personnel can be tried by Court-Martial for offences under section of Air Force Act applied to them.
Punishments which can be awarded to W.A.A.F. personnel are as follows:-
(a) [underlined] By Court Martial [/underlined]
(i) [underlined] Officers [/underlined]
(a) Cashiering
(b) Dismissal from the Service
(c) Forfeiture of seniority
(d) Penal deduction from pay
(e) Severe reprimand or reprimand
N.B. (c) (d) and (e) may be awarded conjointly.
(ii) [underlined] W.O.s and N.C.O.s. [/underlined]
(a) Reduction in rank
(b) Forfeiture of seniority
(c) Penal deduction from pay
(d) Severe reprimand or reprimand
(e) Penal forfeiture of pay up to a maximum of 28 days.
N.B. (b) (c), (d) and (e) may be awarded conjointly.
(iii) [underlined] Aircraftwomen [/underlined]
(a) 28 days’ C.C.
(b) 28 days’ penal forfeiture of pay
(c) Penal deduction from pay
N.B. (a), (b) and (c) may be awarded conjointly.
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(b) [underlined] By A.O.C. [/underlined]
(i) [underlined] Officers of the rank of Flight Officer and below and Warrant Officers [/underlined]
(a) Forfeiture of Seniority
(b) Severe reprimand or reprimand
(c) Penal deductions to make good loss or damage
N.B. (a), (b) and (c) may be awarded conjointly. (a) and (c) carry the right to elect trial by Court Martial.
(A.O.C. may administer a reproof to officers and warrant officers under K.R. 1154 W).
(c) [underlined] By C.O. and Subordinate Commander [/underlined]
(i) [underlined] Officers and Warrant Officers [/underlined]
None. (C.O. may administer “reproof” under K.R. 1154 W).
(ii) [underlined] N.C.Os. and Aircraftwomen [/underlined]
See Appendix ‘B’ to Precis of Lecture “Powers of Punishment”.
[underlined] Disciplinary Powers and Status of W.A.A.F. Officers and N.C.O’s. [/underlined]
8. W.A.A.F. officers and N.C.Os. have powers of arrest over their juniors in the W.A.A.F. but no powers over R.A.F. personnel. Any W.A.A.F. officer may be delegated powers of punishment as Subordinate Commander over W.A.A.F. personnel but not over R.A.F. personnel.
9. R.A.F. personnel may be placed under the orders of the W.A.A.F. personnel of higher equivalent rank. When this is done, advisable to have clear instructions on the point so that there is no misunderstanding.
[underlined] Saluting [/underlined]
10. All W.A.A.F. officers to salute their seniors who are Squadron Officers and above when in uniform. On parade or duty all W.A.A.F. officers salute their seniors of any rank before addressing them. Airwomen salute all W.A.A.F. officers. It is a matter of courtesy if W.A.A.F. personnel salute R.A.F. officers.
[underlined] Promotion – Officers [/underlined]
11. Scheme very similar to R.A.F. Time promotion to S.O. after 6 months. Eligible for temporary and acting ranks, but do not get war substantive rank by holding temporary rank. Only advancement in war substantive rank is by time promotion and holding acting rank for 12 months.
[underlined] Promotion, Remustering and Reclassification – Airwomen [/underlined]
12. Same principles as airmen.
[underlined] Pay [/underlined]
13. Rates for officers in K.R. 3419 W and for airwomen in K.R. 3447 W. Principle is that W.A.A.F. pay is 2/3rds R.A.F. pay. Also eligible for G.C. Badges carrying pay of 2d per badge per diem and other non-substantive pay under same conditions as airmen.
[underlined] Amendments to this Precis [/underlined]


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