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Air Force: Deployment

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average and (b) highest number of days detached duty was for each Royal Air Force trade in the last 12 months. (266943)

Detached duty is absence from the normal place of work whether operational or training. The average and highest number of days detached duty for each Royal Air Force trade in the last 12 months is provided in the following table.

Branch/trade

Average number of days on detached duty

Highest number of days detached

Officers

Pilot

76

315

Weapon systems officer

79

331

Operations support (aerospace battle manager)

87

209

Operations support (air traffic control)

106

360

Operations support (intelligence)

104

279

Operations support (regiment)

104

261

Operations support (provost/security)

117

274

Operations support (flight operations)

100

268

Engineer

92

310

Personnel (support)

114

300

Personnel (physical education)

106

241

Personnel (training)

139

340

Logistics

106

316

Medical

161

304

Medical support

144

231

Medical nursing officer

124

335

Dental

85

126

Chaplains

98

150

Legal

72

164

Music

97

175

Non commissioned aircrew

Weapon systems operator (crewman)

76

300

Weapon systems operator (electronic warfare/acoustic)

55

192

Weapon systems operator (linguist)

119

112

Weapon systems operator (air engineer)

60

123

Airmen

Aircraft engineering technician

66

304

Aircraft technician (avionics)

69

360

Aircraft technician (mechanical)

71

335

Engineering technician weapons

75

266

Information and communication technology manager

93

336

Information and communication technology technician

99

301

Information and communication technology aerial erector

67

213

General engineering technician

70

171

General technical electrical

83

248

General technical mechanical

96

346

General technical workshops

75

185

Logistics (driver)

97

319

Royal air force police

95

317

Gunner

117

282

Any trade with less than 10 days have been excluded from the table so that the average figure is based on a reasonable representative sample.