New RAF Reserves Squadron recruiting in South West

20 January 2016, 16:00

Across the UK, 6 new squadrons have been created for reservists, but this is the first one int he South West for 10 years.

Previously reservists would have had to travel hundreds of miles, but now 505 Squadron has set up at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall. 

They're looking for men and women, aged between 18 and 54 to train in a wide range of roles including intelligence analysts, drivers, chefs, suppliers and human resources specialists. 

Recruits dont need any previous experience, and will be fully trained by the RAF in their chosen trade. 

Around 90 paid jobs will be created for people across Devon and Cornwall.

The commanding officer is Squadron Leader David Mann who says "Ex-Regulars from the armed forces are welcome, but previous military experience is not essential.

"Whilst we have set trades to recruit, we can also consider personnel qualified for other trades and also people with professional skills, such as doctors and lawyers.

"There will also be opportunities to progress to officer rank". 

Reservists living up to 100 miles away can claim mileage expenses for attending training at St Mawgan. 505 Squadron restores the RAF Reserves presence in the South West after the disbandment of 2625 (County of Cornwall) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment. 

It finished operating in 2006. 

Of course being a reservist means you could get called into service at any time, so there's also support available for employers

The 505 Squadron recruiting campaign begins with a number of information days at RAF St Mawgan starting from Saturday 13 February. 

The team will also deliver information days from Exeter Armed Forces Careers Office in late February.

Places will be limited so anyone interested in attending must contact 505 Squadron's recruiting staff on 01637 857372 or by e-mailing