Arming of Women's Royal Air Force personnel

May 2008

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Arming of Women's Royal Air Force personnel

In the wake of the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1975, the British Armed Forces were made to reconsider their position on arming their female staff. This file contains correspondence from high-level RAF personnel discussing operational outcomes and weighing these up against any possible backlash from the public. In the words of one Air Commodore, the RAF was largely supportive of arming WRAF staff for 'defensive' purposes: "While not wanting to emulate Amazons, they generally do want to play as full a part as possible in the station's role." The possibility of allowing women full 'combatant' status was never in question.

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