Guide to the Royal Engineers 2016 by British Army

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opportunities what i do ➤ being trained in water-borne assaults and cliff-climbing as well as desert arctic and jungle warfare the commando engineer has always been at the forefront of operations providing key support in addition they are often deployed on humanitarian and disaster-relief missions such as earthquake recovery the skills commando engineers are trained to operate in any environment so you will learn the skills involved in the full spectrum of conflict individuals who volunteer for commando training will need to pass the eight-week all arms commando course after receiving coaching and appropriate training once passed the commando-trained soldier or officer has the right to wear the green beret which recognises those who have completed the demanding tests of endurance while displaying the spirit of teamwork good humour and determination in adversity job notes name corporal lee stevenson 29 job parachute engineer regular as a para-trained engineer i’m attached to the infantry and i support them by taking on any engineering tasks they need doing the p company training course was very hard but it had to be what i learned has helped me complete operations in iraq afghanistan bosnia and macedonia and such intensive training equipped me perfectly for combat diver name corporal sam grier 25 specialist qualification diver regular why did you join the royal engineers it was the fact you could get a valuable trade in a relatively short space of time i also liked the idea of becoming a diver and the royal engineers was the only corps which offered that option further down the line working in a dive team is great it’s different to working in the rest of the army – a bit more relaxed – but we still get the job done what did your diver training involve the basic dive course lasts five weeks and involves a lot of theory in areas such as the physics of diving laws of buoyancy and how gases behave under pressure – it’s not just blowing bubbles underwater you get recognised civilian qualifications as well so i’ll have a great career waiting for me should i ever leave the army 24 the role royal engineers divers are trained alongside the divers of the royal navy they are expected to carry out underwater tasks such as reconnaissance demolition construction searches concreting recovery and the use of hydraulic tools all this is conducted globally in all kinds of conditions – from zero visibility to combat situations the skills the army diving course is open to royal engineers who have completed all phases of their training and have been posted to an engineer regiment that has a dive team you will be commercially trained joining as a territorial engineer territorials can test their skills in a dynamic environment if you have experience of civilian engineering and want to use your knowledge in a challenging environment you can join a specialist unit made up of qualified engineers not only will you gain experience in your engineering field but you will join a close-knit group of like-minded individuals who enjoy travel and adventure – plus a great social life the many skills required of the royal engineer territorial units are those found mainly in the engineering and construction industries national territorial army but basic skills in combat plant vehicles signals and driving are also essential regional territorial army as a result there is always a need for men and women to join the territorials and support the unit based closest to their home while training in their chosen field for more information call 0845 600 8080 or go to army.mod.uk/jobs to exacting standards to carry out your engineering tasks to a depth of 50m and will constantly train throughout your career to learn new skills and techniques in the area of military diving army diver is a specialist qualification and brings with it the benefits of additional pay and category b c and e driving licences parachute engineer the role parachute engineers train and serve alongside the air assault brigade they are deployed by air or land by parachute helicopter or aircraft to any area of the battlefield where their skills are needed the skills all parachute engineers must complete the rigorous p company training this ultimate army assessment tests the fitness stamina and the mental strength of the soldier to the limit in order to determine whether an individual has the skills and the right attitude to be able to serve with airborne forces if they pass this course they get to wear the famous maroon beret candidates must also attend the basic parachute course then following eight successful descents they will be eligible to wear the coveted wings search specialist the role you will locate supplies of weapons and improvised explosive devices with the help of bomb disposal teams you’ll help keep friendly forces safe you will also work with civilian and military police to gather evidence that will help bring terrorist suspects to trial the skills search work is often slow and painstaking and can take place in areas where enemy units are present so you’ll need plenty of patience and a cool head skills such as what to look for and how to conduct systematic searches of buildings or supply routes are taught as part of your training this is a highly specialised role so you can expect to be busy ■ “i am doing a job that i like to  think makes a difference to people’s lives – and gives them a safer place to live” sergeant chris sills 32 search specialist regular for more information about these jobs go to army.mod.uk/jobs 25