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Clive Martland

Clive Martland (born 1968) is the senior warrant officer in the Royal Air Force. Having served as a Physical Training Instructor, he has been the Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer since 2014. He is therefore the most senior member of the other ranks of the RAF.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Military career 2
  • Honours 3
  • References 4

Early life

Martland was born in 1968.[1] He was educated at Fulwood High School and W. R. Tuson College in Preston, Lancashire. After leaving school, he wanted to either become a Physical Education teacher at a school or a Physical Training Instructor in the military.[2]

Military career

Martland joined the Royal Air Force in January 1986, aged 17.[2] He completed basic training and then undertook trade training to become a Physical Training Instructor. His first posting was to RAF Church Fenton in North Yorkshire. This was followed by postings to RAF Cosford in Shropshire and RAF Hereford in Herefordshire, and abroad to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.[1]

He completed sub-specialisation training as an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor in August 1995. He was then posted to the Defence Medicine Rehabilitation Centre at RAF Headley Court, Surrey. Having been promoted to Sergeant in May 1997, he was posted to the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester. Next, he was posted to RAF Shawbury, where he served as SNCO of the Physical Education Flight. During this posting, he also completed an operational tour to the Falkland Islands.[1]

He was promoted to Flight Sergeant in 2005. He then returned to Headley Court where he worked as a teacher of exercise therapy and kinesiology. In June 2007, he moved to RAF Brize Norton to take command of the base gymnasium. During the posting, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Rehabilitation.[1]

He was promoted to Warrant Officer in June 2010. He then returned for a third time to Headley Court, this time as a Trade Specialist advisor to the centre's Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors. During this posting, he was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick. In October 2012, he returned to RAF Brize Norton as the Station Warrant Officer.[1]

On 20 October 2014, he took up the appointment of Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer (CASWO).[3] The holder of this appointment is the most senior warrant officer, and therefore other ranks, of the Royal Air Force.


During his posting to RAF Brize Norton between 2007 and 2010, he awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.[1] This is a medal awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers of who have served for a minimum of twenty years and have been judged to have given 'good, faithful, valuable and meritorious service'.

In addition to the Meritorious Service Medal, he is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, awarded for 15 years service.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer". Senior Commanders. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Clive’s flying high with the air force". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Congratulations to our Chairman - Warrant Officer Clive Martland" (pdf). The Badge Newsletter (RAF PTI Association). 2014. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Image - Warrant Officer Clive Martland BSc (Hons) Cert Ed" (jpg). Royal Air Force. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
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