As part of our “More Than a Soldier” series we are taking a look at specialist positions within the Armed Forces which aren’t necessarily direct combat focused. In the last blog we examined the position of Combat Military Technician and this week we are looking at the position of Royal Engineers.
Royal engineers are soldiers with a technical edge, working at the front, they support the rest of the army in the battlefield, with the duties ranging from bridging rivers to clearing routes through minefields. Behind the frontline their responsibilities are to improve transport routes, construct camps, build runways and carry out bomb disposal, also using their specialist skills to help rebuild after conflict.
The positions available to those applying to be a Royal Engineer are varied and range from a Logistics Specialist, an engineer who masterminds supply lines, to an Engineer Troop Officer, whose responsibilities include directing engineering projects worldwide. As you can imagine, each type of engineer requires its own specialist training with no “one box fits all” solution, giving you the opportunity to become an expert in your field.
So what does it take to become a Royal Engineer? Well, the physical requirements are dependent on the position you are applying for, but most of the positions don’t require any previous engineering qualifications (the expert Armed Forces tutors will teach you that in training) just a keenness to learn and a passion for solving problems. Many of the positions also offer the opportunity to attend the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley, Surrey as well as the opportunity to serve anywhere around the world.
If the opportunity to travel as well as learn some amazing skills is interesting to you, do consider applying to become a Royal Engineer. More information on each position available can be found here.