The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows (Picture: Red Arrows).

RAF personnel dismissed after allegations from Red Arrows members

The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows (Picture: Red Arrows).

The Royal Air Force says some personnel have been dismissed following allegations from members of the Red Arrows team.

The RAF said in a statement that an inquiry in response to the allegations "revealed a broad range of unacceptable behaviours".

The Air Force said "several RAF personnel" have been investigated, resulting "in a range of outcomes up to and including dismissals from the RAF".

An investigation was launched into the Red Arrows in August following allegations of what the RAF called "unacceptable" behaviour.

It came amid newspaper reports detailing alleged accounts of misogyny, bullying and sexual harassment.

On Friday, the RAF said: "The RAF Police Special Investigations Branch investigated specific allegations and whilst there were no criminal cases to be answered, we continue to look into the circumstances that led to the inquiry.

"To date, several RAF personnel have been investigated under the RAF’s Major Administrative Action Procedures. These investigations have resulted in a range of outcomes up to and including dismissals from the RAF."

The RAF said the inquiry recommended "a variety of measures to improve behaviours and culture" in the unit.

"Many of these recommendations have already been implemented and all are being pursued as a priority," the statement continued

"They included actions to improve understanding of what is and isn’t acceptable and how to stop unacceptable behaviours. The whole team has received extensive training on unacceptable behaviours and ‘Walk on By’ cultures."

It added: "Additional training on unacceptable behaviours has also recently been implemented across the Royal Air Force".

"The RAF commends the actions of all those who came forward to provide the inquiry and subsequent investigations with their evidence," the statement continued.

"It is important for unacceptable behaviour to be called out and reported wherever and whenever it is encountered. 

"We take all allegations of unacceptable behaviour extremely seriously and will continue to take decisive action against anyone who fails to uphold our high standards, in accordance with the Ministry of Defence’s Zero Tolerance Policy."