Background RAF introduced its first Continuous Attitude Survey in 1988. Incorporated into the tri-Service AFCAS in 2007. AFCAS is sent to 10% of RAF personnel every year. AFCAS is sent in 2 batches: Spring and Autumn. Topics include pay and allowances, JPA, deployments, working environment, living conditions, healthcare and family matters. Only 40% responded to the 2009 AFCAS. Details of previous results and AMP’s commentary are provided in IBNs and on the intranet at: http://www.publications.raf.r.mil.uk.
2009 Key Findings Positive Pride/Satisfaction in the Service. 84% of you are proud to be in the RAF and 69% of officers and 58% of airmen are satisfied with life in the RAF. Opportunity to undertake Sport, exercise and fitness. 85% of RAF personnel are satisfied with sport, exercise and fitness facilities in the RAF. Retention. 74% of airmen plan to remain in the RAF until the end of their current engagement and 42% plan to remain in the RAF as long as they could. Low Career Management. RAF personnel were more dissatisfied than satisfied with their career management. We are actively addressing this through Project Apollo and Project Zeus. Feeling Valued. Only 31% of officers and 22% of airmen feel valued by the RAF. While this is a slight improvement on previous years, it remains disappointing that so many personnel are either neutral or disagree that they feel valued. PCP 11 will seek to address this. Accommodation. Although SNCOs are now more satisfied with their SLA than last year, there remains some disquiet about SFA and SLA. As a result, significant investment in Project SLAM and Project ELAN will continue.
What Can AFCAS Do for Me? Your chance to have your say. As we enter the potentially turbulent period of SDSR. it is vital that the RAF understands your views, the challenges that you face and the concerns that you may have. AFCAS data provides critical evidence to inform personnel policy and to highlight areas that are important to you. It also provides essential evidence to the AFPRB. Take the opportunity to make your views known. If you complete one survey this year, complete AFCAS.
What Do I Do Next? Complete the survey in the next 2 weeks. Return the survey in the pre-paid envelope provided. Any questions, speak to your Unit poc. Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your views are valued. Take the opportunity to make your views known.