The Royal Air Force invited journalists from across the ethnic media to join them for an exclusive inside experience of life in the RAF.
Journalists from TV channels, including HiTV, B4U, The Voice, Dim Sum, The Daily Jung and Geo TV, were put through their paces by Drill Instructors at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire who taught them how to march and salute correctly. Watched over by RAF experts, they then got physical with the ‘low ropes’ team-building exercise where they had to rely on each others’ skills to complete the course. The journalists were also given a chance to tour the RAF Catering School, where trainee chefs are taught international and cultural cuisine, before ending their RAF experience by enjoying tea and biscuits and a heart-to-heart chat with new recruits who have just started their RAF careers.
Samar Kidwai from Pakistani entertainment and news channel Geo TV said:
“I just want to thank the RAF for giving us an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the initial training that RAF recruits face. It was an exhausting and challenging day, but also a lot of fun. People can have misconceptions about what life is really like in the RAF, so it was good to get onto a base and speak to new recruits and serving members about their experiences and personal stories.”
Squadron Leader Colin Baker, Media Communications Officer for RAF Halton, said,
“This has been a great opportunity to show those who may have had doubts about how diverse the Royal Air Force really is. It was obvious every ethnic team that visited us was independent of the others. However, by the middle of the day, they were working together, helping each other and, unusually, recording interviews with their fellow reporters on what they had got out of their Experience Day with the Royal Air Force.”
The day was planned as part of the RAF’s awareness-raising campaign to highlight the diversity of careers and people who serve with the RAF.