Royal Air Force
Administrative Apprentices Association
Multum A Parvo
The Association

The idea of forming an Association of ex-Administrative Apprentices was first considered in 1957 and again in 1960, but it was not
until the occasion of the 50th anniversary reunion of the 1st and 2nd Entries in 1997 that positive steps to form the Association were
taken. The Association was finally formed in 1998 at an inaugural meeting at RAF Innsworth, which followed a positive reaction to an
advertisement placed in The RAF News.

As a former member of the 29th Entry I trained as an apprentice Clerk Secretarial at Royal Air Force Hereford, between 1956 and
1958. I know only too well, the inescapable and enduring bond that is created between service men and women who trained
together, shared the same experiences, the hardships the laughter and sometimes the tears. This was particularly true for those of
us who were as young as 15 or 16 at the time we first met. In my own case some 50 years on, I still have regular and rewarding
contact with many of my ex-entry members and with members of other entries many of whom I had never met before the advent of
the Association. I am sure that I am just one of many more of the thousands of us who passed through the portals of the various
training units, that share the same enduring friendships.

This site is dedicated to all those who trained as an RAF Administrative Apprentice or served with the Royal Air Force Administrative
Apprentice Training Scheme between 1947 and 1973. The site provides as much historical background information concerning the
Air Ministry decision to begin an RAF Administrative Apprentice training scheme, as has been possible, as well as briefly outlining
the training structure, the training units and the progress of the scheme until the programme was terminated in 1973. The site
contains a varied selection of photographic and other memorabilia nearly all of which has been provided by ex-apprentices, other
personnel involved in some way with them and the various Units at which Administrative Apprentices trained.

Most importantly he site has the following main objectives:

  • To encourage non-member ex-administrative apprentices to join the Association

  • A means whereby ex-Administrative Apprentices can make contact and thereafter keep in touch          

Visitors are welcome to use the material contained in the site for non-profit making purposes. However, if you can help us with any
relevant additional information that you consider would be useful to the site, we would be grateful if you would please let us know.

On behalf of the Chairman and Committee we hope that you enjoy your visit.

For the latest news and posts we suggest you start by visiting our Noticeboard Pages.  Click the box below to go to the noticeboard
pages. The latest posts will be shown on Page 2.  

Alan Bell
29th Entry
Website Manager
Welcome To The Official Website Of The  RAF Administrative Apprentice Association

We will pleased to hear
from anybody who
served either as an
Apprentice, or as a
member of the
permanent staff at one of
the Administrative  
Apprentice Training
Units. Your contribution
whether this be simply a
story, a photo or an item
of memorabilia will be
most welcome.

Association Chairman
Mr Bryan Schofield
Association President
Mr Jim Wilcox
Its Been A Long Time!
Ian Bell, Harry Trumbell And Mick Owen
This Site Was Last
7th October 2015
Members of the 305th Entry-
Memorial At The National Memorial
Members Of The 29th Entry At The
Cenotaph November 2012
The Association Committee Prepares For
The June 2013 AGM At Waltham Abbey
Members Chat About Old Times Prior To
The AGM At Waltham Abbey

Then Why Not Join Our
Association? We Are
Always Looking For New
Members Particularly
Those Of You Who
Served In The 300 Series
Of Entries.

Help Keep Our
Association Alive!

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