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THE RESERVE AND AUXILIARY AIR FORCES ACT, 1952

Title : THE RESERVE AND AUXILIARY AIR FORCES ACT, 1952

Year : 1952



The Central Government may raise and maintain in the manner hereafter in this Chapter provided an Air Force Reserve to be designated the Regular Air Force Reserve which shall consist solely of persons transferred or appointed to it under section 5.



(1) The competent authority may, by general or special order, transfer to the Regular Air Force Reserve-

(a) Any officer or airman of the Air Force who under the terms and conditions of his service is liable to serve in any Air Force Reserve if and when constituted;

(b) Any officer or airman of the Air Force whose commission or engagement in the Air Force has been terminated before the commencement of this Act and who under the terms of his commission or engagement was liable to serve in any Air Force
Reserve if and when constituted ;

(c) Any officer or airman who has served in the Air Force and has retired therefrom; and any officer or airman so transferred shall be deemed to be a member of the said Reserve.

(2) The competent authority may, in such circumstances and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, by special order, appoint to the Regular Air Force Reserve any member of the Air Defence Reserve or the Auxiliary Air Force raised and maintained under this Act, and where any such member is so appointed, he shall cease to be a member of the Air Defence Reserve or the Auxiliary Air Force, as the case may be, and shall as from the date of such appointment be deemed to be a member of the Regular Air Force Reserve.

(3) The competent authority may, for reasons which in its opinion are sufficient, cancel any order made under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) and on the cancellation of such order the person in respect of whom the order had been made shall cease to be a member of the Regular Air Force Reserve.



Members of the Regular Air Force Reserve shall be divided into the following classes, namely:-

(a) General duties officers;

(b) Ground duties officers, and

(c) Airmen,

and every officer shall be entitled on transfer or appointment to the Reserve to hold the same rank as that which he last held in the
Air Force, or the Air Defence Reserve or the Auxiliary Air Force, as the case may be, before such transfer or appointment.



(1) Every member of the Regular Air Force Reserve shall be liable to serve in the Reserve-

(a) If he is transferred to the Reserve under sub-section (1) of section 5, for the period of his Reserve liability ; and

(b) If he is appointed to the Reserve under sub-section (2) of section 5, for the remainder of the period for which he was liable to serve in the Air Defence Reserve or the Auxiliary Air Force, as the case may be:

Provided that the competent authority may require any such member to serve in the Reserve for such further period or periods not exceeding in the aggregate five years as it may think fit.

Explanation I.-For the purposes of this sub-section, "period of
Reserve liability" in relation to any member of the Regular Air Force
Reserve means the period for which under the terms and conditions of his service in the Air Force he was liable to serve in any Air Force
Reserve if and when constituted.

Explanation II.-In computing the period of Reserve liability in relation to any member of the Regular Air Force Reserve whose commission or engagement in the Air Force was terminated before the commencement of this Act, the period which has elapsed between such termination and the date of such commencement shall be included.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), no person shall be liable to serve in the Reserve after attaining the prescribed age.



Every member of the Regular Air Force Reserve shall, on completion of the period of his service therein, cease to be a member of the Reserve.
Last updated on June, 2016

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