RAF ‘revolutionary’ in British forces as country celebrates 100th anniversary

Welsh Conservative AM and Chair of the National Assembly’s Cross-Party Group on Armed Forces, Darren Millar, has paid tribute to all past and serving members of the Royal Air Force as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

The RAF was formed on April 1st 1918 – with its centenary taking place on Easter Sunday. On its launch, it broke with precedents set by other branches of the armed forces by recruiting officers from all backgrounds.

This led the way in introducing meritocracy to the military and changed the way our forces operated.

Mr Millar said its ‘revolutionary impact’ made the RAF unique – putting ability before background and family ties. He has called on everyone across the country to take a moment to reflect on the ‘immense impact’ RAF servicemen and women had made – both in Wales and across the United Kingdom.

Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar, said:

“Over the past 100 years our brave servicemen and women in the RAF have kept our country safe – and do so to this day.

“Its centenary gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the huge contribution they have made – as well as that of the RAF itself in the wider UK military.

“When the RAF was set up it had a revolutionary impact in that it didn’t matter who you were or where you came from, what was most important was if you were the best person for the job.

“Right from the very beginning decisions were made on merit rather than who your parents were, something that was unheard of at the time.

“To this day – from Valley to St Athan – the RAF is central to the forces across Wales and our United Kingdom and it is only right today that we all take a moment to reflect on the immense impact RAF servicemen and women have made.”