27 Intake RATS 1973

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Early plans are being made for a 48th Anniversary Reunion in Wagga NSW to coincide with the RAAF 100th Anniversary Celebrations. Dates are to be firmed up but it is anticipated to be over the ANZAC Day week in April 2021. 

27 Intake 45th Reunion Gold Coast 2016

27 Intake was inducted into the Royal Australia Air  Force (RAAF) between the 3rd and 5th of January 1973. We made our way to  RAAF School of Technical Training Wagga by various means. Those from  Sydney or Melbourne came by train others were given a ride in an A Model  Hercules transporter, the first of many trips that we would do during  our air force careers.


As was the convention, the intake that joined the year  before us, 26 Intake, nicknamed us the RATS. On admission there were  154 boys aged between 15 and 16 years of age. That would whittle down  over the next 90 days as boys took the opportunity to elect discharge.  After 90 days you were there until you got thrown off course or  graduated.


On arrival we were marched to L Group (Clothing store) to get our kit comprising of (amongst other gear):

  1. Kit Bag,

  2. Uniform Dress 1A,

  3. Hat Fur Felt,

  4. Overalls Blue,

  5. Kit Shaving, even though most of us had little more than bum fluff on our faces,

  6. Boots Drill, the toe caps of which we would all shine to an almost mirror finish,

  7. Underwear, (or Bombay Bloomers) which most of us never wore and were used in later times to polish our cars.

Pretty much everything a young boy would require to live.


Once kitted out we were marched to the accommodation  blocks. As we marched past the Apprentices Club a huge roar erupted.  Little did we know what the senior apprentices had in store for us  later. We were assigned a room and were told to drop off our kit and  form up outside the blocks for dinner.

We marched and marched

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