Regulated Life

Daily life in the RAF and WAAF was governed by many rules and regulations.

New recruits had to adapt to a communal life with regular inspections and duties. Punishments were imposed if individuals did not conform to strict standards of behaviour or appearance.

Paperwork governed a great deal. Forms were frequently completed to record various aspects of service life. This could include the permission for activities such as the taking of leave, or the issue of kit and equipment. Directives covering many varied subjects, ranging from pay to the circumstances in which dentures could be issued, were recorded in Air Ministry Orders or the King’s Regulations and Air Council Instructions for the Royal Air Force.