Personnel and Training Command Badge

Personnel and Training Command, created on 1 April 1994 as a consequence of the RAF's restructuring programme, embraces all aspects of recruiting, training, career management, welfare, conditions of service, resettlement and pensions for RAF regular and reserve forces worldwide. All RAF policy and implementation staffs involved in the full span of personnel functions are based at the Command's Headquarters at RAF Innsworth in Gloucester.

The Command employs 17,000 people, including 4,000 civilians, at more than 30 locations. It is responsible for over 500 training aircraft of which 150 are gliders. Headquarters staff number some 1,200, of whom half are civilian.

Given a budget of £800 million, the Commander-in-Chief aims to maximise the RAF's front-line capability by providing the right quality and quantity of personnel and training whilst ensuring maximum value for money.

Command Overview

HQ PTC, established on 1 Apr 1994, embraces 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 world-wide.

It is led by the Air Member for Personnel, who is double-hatted as Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command, and Owner of the Training Group Defence Agency and the personnel management organisation (PMA).

The Headquarters has a staff of 1,200, which includes 660 civilians. The Command has 11,000 uniformed personnel and 6,000 contractors and civilians. It has 8 major stations, 5 Support Units for DLO, 14 University Air Squadrons (UASs) and Air Experience Fights (for air cadets) co-located at 12 sites, 27 gliding schools and 3 outdoor activity centres.

Its main responsibilities are to produce, recruit, train and develop aircrew, ground personnel and Air Cadets, and to provide Department of State Services (such as defence policy-making and service to ministers and Parliament), Personnel Policy and Management, Support, Contingency Planning, Lead Command and Common Services.

The command provides Lead Command (policy formulation) and Common Services for RAF-wide services such as medical, Service Funds and Community Support and functions for the RAF in support and training activities. The main functions are:

  • Personnel and Career Management
  • Flying and Ground Training
  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Manning and Manpower Planning
  • UASs and Air Cadets
  • Personnel Management of RAF Reserves
  • Medical, Dental & Nursing Services
  • Legal and Chaplaincy Service
  • Bands
  • Provost and Personnel Security Services
  • Ceremonials
  • Service Funds and Community Support
  • Dress Policy
  • RAF News

The PTC Stations are Amport House, Andover, Hampshire; RAF Brampton/Wyton/Henlow, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; JSU Corsham, Wilts; RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton; the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire; RAF Digby, Lincoln; RAF Halton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire; Headley Court, Epsom, Surrey; RAF Innsworth, Gloucester; RAF Linton-on-Ouse, York; RAF Scampton, Lincs; RAF Sealand, Deeside, Flintshire; RAF Shawbury, Shrewsbury; RAF St Athan, Barry, South Glamorgan; RAF Uxbridge, Middlesex; RAF Valley, Anglesey; and RAF Woodvale, Formby, Liverpool.

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Royal Air Force Personnel and Training Command chose its badge the upper part of an Ionic column, thereupon an eagle, and as base, a scroll and key joined by a chain and adopted the motto 'Ut Aquilae Surgant' ('That Eagles Might Soar'). The eagle and column allude to the Command's supportive role and are taken from the badge of the old Support Command. The scroll and key symbolising the Command's personnel and training elements are culled from the Badge of the old RAF Personnel Management Agency and Training Command respectively.

The wards of the key have been altered and displayed in the form of the letters PTC. The chain, also taken from Training Command's Badge, represents the joining of the 2 elements to make one Command and the adopted motto aptly epitomises the Command's total role.

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Air Marshal Barry Thornton CB RAF

Air Member for Personnel and Commander-in-Chief
Personnel Training Command

Air Marshal Barry Thorton CB RAF Air Member for Personnel and Commander in Chief 
	  Personnel and Training Command.

Barry Thornton was educated at Baines Grammar School , Lancashire before joining the Royal Air Force as a University Cadet. He obtained an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University and qualified as an Aerosystems Engineering Officer in 1976. Early tours included conventional and nuclear armaments engineering, Hercules aircraft first and second line servicing, aircraft salvage and transportation and staff duties at headquarters RAF Germany.

After attending advanced staff training at RAF Staff College Bracknell in 1988, he was promoted to Wing Commander and assumed command of the Engineering and Supply Wing at RAF Honington, a Tornado GR1 base; this tour culminated with service in the Gulf War at Tabuk Air Base. On return from the Gulf, he commanded the RAF's nuclear weapon inspection team for 18 months and then became the nuclear weapon support authority in the MOD.

In 1994 he was promoted to Group Captain and was posted to the Flight Test Centre at Boscombe Down, with responsibility for Armaments and Mission Systems. As part of the move to agency status within the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, he became the technical and business head with responsibility for the test and evaluation of combat aircraft. During this tour he completed a Cranfield University Masters Degree in Corporate Management. In 1997 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies.

On leaving the course, he was promoted to Air Commodore and joined the Defence Procurement Agency as the Director of Maritime Projects, with responsibility for the Merlin Mk 1, Merlin Mk 3 and Nimrod MRA4 aircraft programmes. He became the Nimrod MRA4 Integrated Project Team Leader at the start of the pilot phase of Smart Procurement.

Air Marshal Thornton became a Director on the Executive Board of the Defence Procurement Agency at the end of October 2000 with responsibility for a range of maritime programmes; he assumed the Controller Aircraft position on the Air Force Board at the same time. He graduated from the Cabinet Office Top Management Programme in 2002. In June 2003 he moved to the Defence Logistics Organisation as Director General Equipment Support (Air) (the title being changed in April 2004 to Director General Logistics (Strike)) and continued to serve on the Air Force Board as Air Member for Logistics.

He assumed his current appointment at Commander in Chief Personnel and Training Command and Air Member for Personnel 6 January 2006.

He is married to Delia, a barrister, and has two sons, Oliver (20) and William (19). His hobbies include golf, house restoration and hill walking.



Air Vice-Marshal Peter DyeAir Vice-Marshal Peter Dye was educated at Sevenoaks School and Imperial College, University of London. Commissioned in 1972, his career has largely comprised aircraft-related engineering appointments, including responsibility for the deployment and support of the Jaguar force in the Gulf during 1990/1. He was subsequently awarded the OBE for his work at Royal Air Force Coltishall as Officer Commanding Engineering and Supply Wing and then served as the Personal Staff Officer to 3 successive Commanders-in-Chief at Headquarters Support Command.

After a tour as Director of the Department of Specialist Ground Training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies. In April 1998, he was appointed the Senior Engineering Officer at Royal Air Force St Athan and subsequently the Deputy Chief Executive, Defence Aviation Repair Agency and Air Officer Wales. In August 2001, he was posted to the Training Group Defence Agency, where he undertook successive tours as Director Corporate Development and Air Commodore Ground Training.

He assumed the appointment of Deputy Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command and Chief of Staff to the Air Member for Personnel on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal in March 2005.

Air Vice-Marshal Dye is married to Anne and they have two daughters, Alice and Jessica.

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