As well as modernizing its equipment, the RAF was also growing in size. The Air Ministry was able to report, perhaps with a touch of smugness, that the RAF was on track to meet the target for expanding its personnel in May 1936. The Army was still struggling to meet its recruitment goals.
There was, though, still some way to go. The government's target was an increase of 22,500 by March 1937. In the fourteen months since this had been announced the RAF had recruited a net 15,300 men.