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Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
The REME is made up of skilled tradesmen that are all soldiers first, who provide essential maintenance at both first and second line. Their role is to keep the equipment in the users hands. All personnel are highly skilled in the art of tea making.
- Vehicle Mechanics are split between A Mech (Tracked vehicles) and B Mech (everything else).
- Recovery Mechanics are the army answer to the AA on the battlefield.
- Technical Storeman are Quartermaster staff and responsible for obtaining our tools and special test equipment.
- Armourers fix anything from pistols through to tanks, without them no one would be able to shoot. Known now as Weapons System Engineers. Fancy name, that.
- Aircraft Technicians are basically glorified mechanics who can fix aircraft.
- Avionics Technician this is the god like figure that can fix all the electronics to keep the aircraft flying and fighting.
- Artillery Technicians are new in the REME, an army answer to undermanning, change the name, bodge it and hopefully fix the problem.
- Armoured Technician, again new in the REME same as the Artillery Tech but work on tanks and warriors to keep them in the fight.
- Guided Weapons Technician, new name for the old radar techs, hopefully will recruit more due to this name change.
- Last but no means least the Regimental Specialist responsible for keeping all the tradesman in touch with their military skills and training. (Whereas in reality they sit on ARRSE all day complaining about those who actually have a real trade!)
Regimental Specialists were once called RD, Regimental Duties, a job reserved for the thickest and most reviled men in REME. Usually those that were unable to learn a trade due to lack of brain cells, think plant life with slashed peaks and shiny boots.
Armourers are the most respected of all REME Trades, brave intelligent and handsome. They are in fact, the only real tradesmen left, as the others are now simply part fitters.
However some other REME types would say : Armourers are not tradesmen... they are only skilled in the art of drinking. There was a rumour that one of them was once brave, but none of them are in the slightest bit handsome.
REME suffers from a glut of empire builders.
Other REME trades include:
Shipwright, these are I think, a cross between a welder, a carpenter and a joiner, and spend a lot of their time either in Marchwood posted to 17 Port & Maritime Regt or in the Falkland Islands as part of 460 Port Troop. A very skilled tradesman, would be great for scrapheap challenge.
Metalsmith, as the name suggests work with metals, essentially they are welders and make a lot of money during B-B-Q season making B-B-Qs out of old oil drums. Again a very skilled tradesman.
I may be wrong on this one but I think the REME used to have Blacksmiths too, but were phased out.
Also referred to (when I was in the TA Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers about 1960) as Rough Engineering Made Easy
I once heard REME discribed as manure. The explanation was that a little spread thinly in the right area's works wonders, but a huge pile of it in the same place stinks.
Regimental motto is "Arte et Marte", which is latin for "twist to open", and is written on all REME bottle openers (cunningly disguised as the buckle of the Corp stable belt)
On operations, most REME personnel can be found manufacturing furniture and other home comforts from old pallets and anything else that is lying about. They may also be seen attempting to repair fridges, radios, tv's and the like that people have 'acquired' from dubious sources.