Friday 2nd July 2021
From 1 July 2021, the title of the Royal Air Force Senior Warrant Officer will change from Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer to Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force.
For our first one hundred years, the RAF has continually pushed at the boundaries of technology and human endeavour, through Astra the RAF is taking the next step in that journey, towards our Next Generation Air Force. Astra is building a Next Generation Air Force that will feature an inclusive, diverse and empowered workforce, reflecting the society we serve.
This change has been made in line with the natural development of the Senior Warrant Officer role since its establishment in 1996, from a privileged position as the Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer, to a more transitional supportive role for all of the RAF Senior Leadership Team.
The individual roles and responsibilities of the WORAF will not change; as before, the incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Air Staff but will work for the entirety of the RAF.
What does the WORAF do?
The Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force (WORAF) is a personal advisor to the Chief of the Air Staff on matters which concern or interest the Non-Commissioned ranks of the Royal Air Force. Through regular Station visits, the WORAF will communicate with Commanding Officers on problems, concerns and interests which effect all Ranks in the RAF.
In a recent interview about the title change, Warrant Officer Alpert spoke about what it was like to meet personnel on Station visits as the Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force and how this is fed back to the Chief of the Air Staff, he said:
“I think that’s the best part of my appointment. I think it gives me the opportunity to personally thank people for what they do for the Royal Air Force on a daily basis. And people are the Royal Air Force, for me to get out there and actually physically meet people, and to wrap up that information and craft it in such a way for the Chief of the Air Staff and the Deputy Commanders for them to understand the operational tempo and what it’s like to operate on the front line. I think that’s critical for them to have my view on what’s happening at the lower level.”