Why Join Us?2021-01-27T15:10:51+00:00

Share a special and lasting connection with every member of the RAF community.

When you join, you’ll stand united with thousands of other members across the UK and around the world. Your membership will enable us reach out to members of the RAF community who urgently need help and support.

Ensure we can offer practical and emotional help

In 2019, our members helped our network of volunteer welfare officers make over 115,000 much-needed visits or calls to people in need of our help and support.

Help us reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness

Loneliness is linked to serious health risks like cardiovascular disease. With more and more people feeling isolated, our friendship services are needed more than ever.

Protect family bonds for those who are serving

We look out for the welfare of serving personnel’s families, whether a family member is lonely, facing hardship or is suffering from dementia.

Enjoy camaraderie and companionship at your local or virtual branch

We have over 70,000 members and over 300 branches around the world. So when you join as a member, you’ll be in the best of company. Our branches are the perfect places to make new friends and meet like-minded people.

What you receive as a member

As a member, you’ll get the chance to attend events, talks and make friends at your local branch (when restrictions allow). We’ll send you a membership card, and keep you up to date with the RAF community through our exclusive quarterly members’ magazine, Air Mail.

“I love the fact that I can help start someone else’s RAFA journey.”
M.Wells, Associate Member
“I can’t thank RAFA enough for all they have given back to me.”
A.Flynn, Cadet Flight Sergeant
“The camaraderie was instantly there as I spoke to people I had never met.”
G.Malster, Served (retired)
“It’s like a big community where everyone is welcome.”
O.Brown, Junior Member
Ordinary Member

Ordinary Member

If you are currently serving, or you
have served in the past, you can join as
an Ordinary Member for £24.50 a year.

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Associate Member

Associate Member

If you haven’t served, but you feel a
close bond to the RAF, you can join as
an Associate Member for £17 a year.

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Your questions answered

Where can I find my membership number?2020-11-04T20:07:03+00:00

We’ll write to you with your membership number when you join – simply look out for your Welcome pack.

If you have any questions about membership, please call us on 0800 018 2361, Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1800. Or you can email us at membership@rafa.org.uk.

What benefits come with my membership?2020-11-11T18:21:26+00:00

We’ll send you a membership card, a member pin badge and keep you up to date with the RAF community through our exclusive quarterly members’ magazine, Air Mail.

Will my membership fee increase?2020-11-11T11:46:11+00:00

Association membership subscriptions are reviewed every two years and Council has now set fees effective from 2021 onwards. These are as follows:

Membership Type 2021 – 2022
Ordinary 1 year: £24.50
Associate 1 year: £17.00

What does membership cost?2021-01-06T13:49:08+00:00

Details of our subscription rates are listed below.

Membership Type 2021 – 2022
Ordinary 1 year: £24.50
Associate 1 year: £17.00

Do I qualify for Ordinary membership?2020-10-29T19:31:39+00:00

If you are serving or have served in the RAF, Reserves, Royal Observer Corps, or one of the Commonwealth Air Forces – or if you are over 18 and were in the Air Cadet Organisation – you can join us as an Ordinary Member.

What if I don’t receive my copy of Air Mail?2020-10-29T19:30:57+00:00

If you haven’t received your copy of Air Mail, please contact us by email here.

Can I buy a RAF Association badge or tie?2020-11-05T10:28:41+00:00

Yes. You can find a range of merchandise at www.rafatrad.co.uk or call RAFATRAD Ltd on 0800 018 2361 for details.

How do I find my nearest branch?2020-10-29T19:29:39+00:00

Simply use our branch finder.

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