RAF Reserves recruiting again as 505 Squadron moves into St Mawgan


The RAF is launching a New Year recruiting drive in Devon and Cornwall for Reservists to join a new General Support Squadron based at RAF St Mawgan, near Newquay.

RAF St Mawgan set up a stand at the Royal Cornwall Show, held near Wadebridge in Cornwall, to engage with the multitude of visitors attending the event.  Held on 4th - 6th June 2015 the agricultural show is one of the largest of its’ kind in the country. RAF St Mawgan's Station Commander Guy Bazalgette presents a penant to Squadron Leader Mann, formally handing over control of the new 505 Reserves Squadron.

505 (Wessex) Squadron is looking for men and women to train in a wide range of roles, including intelligence analysts, drivers, chefs, suppliers, RAF police and human resources specialists.

The commanding officer is Squadron Leader David Mann who said: “Ex-Regulars from the armed forces are welcome, but previous military experience is not essential.

“We will always look closely at people with specialist or professional skills, such as doctors and lawyers. There will be opportunities to progress to officer rank.”

Reservists living up to 101 miles away can claim mileage expenses for attending training at St Mawgan.

505 Squadron restores the RAF Reserves’ presence in the South West after a ten-year absence following the disbandment of 2625 (County of Cornwall) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment. It operated from RAF St Mawgan from 1982 to 2006.

The 505 Squadron recruiting campaign begins with information days at RAF St Mawgan on Saturday 13 February, and on the following Wednesdays, 17 and 24 February.

Exeter Armed Forces Careers Office will host further events on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February.

Places will be limited so anyone interested in attending must contact 505 Squadron’s recruiting staff on 01637 857372 or by e-mailing


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