RAFĀ Cardington Camp

Candidate Selection Process June 1954

I am often asked what happened to new recruits when they arrived at Cardington. The daily records give very little detail of the various stages each candidate would go through so I could never give a definitive answer.

However I had the good fortune to come across a document outlining the processes for new arrivals at the station. National Service candidates were enlisted for two years and Regulars signed up for at least three years and had a better rate of pay. The original document outlines the treatment of both types of recruit - the document is too faded to show here but I have recreated it below:

Candidate processing

On close inspection there is very little difference to the way the two types of recruits were processed. The only difference appears that the regular recruits had dental inspections whereas the National Service did not have this pleasure. From start to finish the whole procedure for a recruit to be fully enlisted was three weeks.

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