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February 29th 2016

New recruits benefit from trainer’s 45 years of experience

Sergeant Phil Doorbar

New recruits joining the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) are benefiting from a trainer’s extensive military knowledge at training events held at RAF Waddington.

Sergeant Phil Doorbar, serves as a Reservist with the RAuxAF’s Headquarters Intelligence Reserves, and delivers basic training to new recruits hoping to join a variety of reserve squadrons sharing experiences from his 45 year military career.

Phil explained: “I served as a regular (full-time) airman for 39 years, before retiring at the age of 55 years. At this time I decided I wanted to continue my military career as a reservist with 7010 (VR) Photographic Intelligence Squadron, because I have always had an interest analysing imagery and map information.”

New recruits joining the RAuxAF initially take part in four training weekends covering fitness training, drill instruction, uniform issue and lectures relating to the RAuxAF’s branches, trades and core values.

“The RAF has been my life, so it is great to be able to give something back and share my experiences with my new recruits. Many of our new recruits have completely different 9 to 5 day jobs but give up their time at weekends to train with the RAuxAF. Those joining us vary from being company directors to house wives, so it’s also fascinating for me to learn about their lives as well as them listening to stories about my military career,” Phil commented.

Two years ago, Phil became one of the training instructors at RAF Waddington, a job he describes as being ‘right up his street’. He continued: “Becoming part of the teaching team has been a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge of both the full-time RAF and my experience of serving as a reservist.

“A few of the students have commented about my passion in delivering my lectures, which makes the lessons a joy to teach.”

To find out more about joining the RAuxAF visit www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment

“The RAF has been my life, so it is great to be able to give something back and share my experiences with my new recruits."