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The RAF says it "will continue doing everything we can to increase our recruiting intake from under-represented groups within the provisions of the law" (Picture: MOD).
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RAF 'will not shy away from challenges' of creating diverse workforce

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The RAF says it "will continue doing everything we can to increase our recruiting intake from under-represented groups within the provisions of the law" (Picture: MOD).

The Royal Air Force says it will "not shy away from the challenges" of creating a service that recruits people "from every part of the UK".

It follows reports there was pressure on recruitment officers to improve diversity within the RAF's ranks.

The RAF has confirmed that 31 individuals have received compensation after their training was delayed – reportedly due to a diversity drive – and admitted mistakes were made in terms of when the recruiting processes finished and when the courses started.

The 31 individuals had missed out on payments due to their respective courses being delayed but the RAF did not reveal how much they received.

An RAF spokesperson said: "The Royal Air Force will not shy away from the challenges we face building a service that attracts and recruits talent from every part of the UK workforce.

"We will continue doing everything we can to increase our recruiting intake from under-represented groups within the provisions of the law."

The spokesperson added: "All individuals joining the Royal Air Force were and are selected on merit and any individuals that were advanced to their training courses had already passed the selection process.

"There was no compromise of entry standards and no impact on the frontline or operational effectiveness."

In February, the head of the RAF said he regretted the resignation of a group captain over a recruitment drive which MPs heard saw around 160 cases of positive discrimination against white men.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said the drive had been made with "the best of intent", but added that the RAF would learn from the episode once a statutory inquiry into the matter has concluded.

Last year, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) admitted that "some mistakes were made" following reports of a recruitment drive that favoured women and ethnic minorities.

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