Interpreting service records

This guide was last updated in 2012

Service Records should give you details of your relative’s postings, promotions, disciplinary record and medical condition throughout their career.

RAF officers and ordinary servicemen and women moved around a lot, frequently serving, throughout their career in RAF squadrons, RAF stations and other support units.

The service record will be full of acronyms and abbreviations that can be difficult to decipher. There are some basics – Sqn or Sqdn is Squadron, T often stands for Training or Technical, S frequently stands for School – so TTS is Technical Training School.

There are several websites that provide details of what acronyms stand for – search the internet for RAF Acronyms and several should appear. Make a chronological list of their postings (the service record isn’t always chronological) and you can then start to find records of the units that they served with.


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