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Air Member for Personnel

The Air Member for Personnel (AMP) is the senior Royal Air Force officer who is responsible for personnel matters and is a member of the Air Force Board. He is in charge of all aspects of recruiting, non-operational flying and ground training, career management, welfare, terms and conditions of service, and resettlement for RAF regular, reserve and civilian staffs worldwide.

The current Air Member for Personnel is double-hatted as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Air Command with responsibility for No. 22 Group RAF and RAF personnel management functions.


  • History 1
  • Masters-General of Personnel 2
  • Directors of Personnel 3
  • Air Members for Personnel 4
  • References 5


The post of Master-General of Personnel was established on 3 January 1918 and the occupant sat on the Air Council. The first incumbent was Major-General Godfrey Paine. Some time in April or June 1919, the post was downgraded to Director of Personnel within the Department of the Chief of the Air Staff and the incumbent ceased to sit on the Air Council. However, in 1923 the appointment of Director of Personnel was upgraded to that of Air Member for Personnel and re-appointed to the Air Council.

On 1 April 1994, at the establishments of Personnel and Training Command, the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief was also appointed as Air Member for Personnel. Upon the merger of Personnel and Training Command with Strike Command to form RAF Air Command on 1 April 2007, the post of AOC Personnel and Training was re-designated as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Personnel (DCinC Pers), retaining the responsibility to Chief of the Air Staff as Air Member for Personnel.

Masters-General of Personnel

Directors of Personnel

Air Members for Personnel

The following have held the post:[4]


  1. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Admiral Sir Cecil Lambert
  2. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Marshal Sir John Higgins
  3. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Vice Marshal Sir Oliver Swan
  4. ^ Senior Royal Air Force Officers
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33565. p. 8506. 31 December 1929. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33757. p. 6239. 29 September 1931. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34415. p. 4348. 6 July 1937. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  8. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Portal
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34594. p. 689. 31 January 1939. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  10. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Marshal Sir Leslie Gossage
  11. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Marshal Sir Arthur McDonald
  • Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Council Appointments (including AMP)
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