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The TA Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

The TA REME consist of a number of formed TA REME Battalions plus TA REME soldiers serving with units or other Arms and Services often as part of the unit's Light Aid Detachment (LAD).

An interesting breed with many competent soldiers among its ranks. The officers vary considerably in terms of both quality and quantity. When attached to other units REME sub-units tend to be outstandingly good drinkers, lovers and comedians. REME together can be a terrible thing though and it's a fair assumption that the only thing worse than REME talking shop is the gunners.

The TA REME has the unfortunate problem that many of it's members use the phrases "I'm here to fix stuff, those thickies in the Infantry can guard me." or "I don't need to be able to shoot, if they get that close, I'll throw my spanners at them.". Many members of the REME TA are fat, pie eating knackers and let down the rest, who pride themselves on being soldiers first.

This doesn't apply to Armourer who are gods in both the trade and soldiering world.

It would appear that being in a dark , poorly ventilated workshop,inhaling gun oil and phospro fumes doesn`t affect your grasp on reality. Most Armourers are recognised as pale, slightly sweaty , deviant individuals who seem to have a large, usually Dutch or German porn collection hidden in between the AESP`s on the shelf. Note,Only time the AESP`s get moved is to access the porn.

TA REME Units

  • 101 Force Support Battalion REME

A Regional TA unit with its HQ at Wrexham. Its sub-units are 119 Recovery Company at Pretatyn, 126 Field Company at Coventry and 127 Field Company in Manchester.

  • 102 (Hybrid) Battalion REME

A Regional and National TA unit with its HQ at The Aycliffe Armoury, Newton Aycliffe. Its sub-units are 124 Recovery Company also at Newton Aycliffe, 153 Field Company at Grangemouth and 186 Field Company at TA Centre Walker in Newcastle.

  • 103 (Hybrid) Battalion REME

A Regional and National TA unit with its HQ at Crawley. Its sub-units are 150 Recovery Company at Redhill, 128 Field Company at Portsmouth and 133 Field Company at Ashford.

  • 104 Force Support Battalion REME

A Regional TA unit with its HQ at Bordon. Its sub-units are 118 Recovery Company at Northampton, 146 Field Company at McKay VC Barracks in Rotherham and 147 Field Company in Scunthorpe.

TA REME Trades

  • Platoon Commander

REME soldiers are some the most technically proficient in the Army. They are responsible for the maintenance, repair and modification of all mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment, from the sights on an infantry soldier’s rifle through to the most sophisticated weapons systems used by the Royal Artillery. Your job is to lead and motivate these highly trained soldiers, setting their priorities and directing work on the equipment that passes through their workshops. These workshops are set up wherever the Army operates, so you could find yourself working close to the front line.

  • Armourer

Armourers are primarily fitters specialising in the repair and modification of the Army’s weapons, from basic rifles to the Javelin guided missile. The job entails dealing with all ordnance, carriages and mountings, recoil systems and sighting systems fitted to in-service equipment.

  • Electronics Technician

As an Electronics Technician you’ll be responsible for the maintenance, repair and modification of all electronic systems in use on the Army’s equipment. It’s a long list, incorporating equipment such as tanks, self-propelled guns, guided weapon systems and communication equipment.

  • Metalsmith

Metalsmiths are welders and fabricators who specialise in the repair, modification and maintenance of the Army’s equipment, ranging from small 4x4 vehicles and generators to plant equipment.

  • Recovery Mechanic

Recovery Mechanics are trained in the recovery of wheeled vehicles, ranging from motorcyles and Land Rovers to heavy goods vehicles. They also load and unload heavy equipment onto transporters, and become experts in the use of heavy winch equipment and cranes.

  • Technical Support Specialist

As a Technical Support Specialist, you will be multi skilled and have the opportunity to be trained in and undertake 2 important roles. Firstly as a Storeman, you will be responsible for the security, identification, issuing and receipting of a wide range of technical equipment and components. Your work will have a direct impact on the production efficiency of the REME Light Aid Detachment, Workshop or Battalion where you are working. You will be familiar with stores accounting procedures and the storage and packaging of technical equipment. Secondly, as a Military Training Instructor you will be responsible for training REME officers and soldiers in up to date military skills and providing specialist military support to REME units. This is so that they in turn conduct their main task - keeping the Army moving. Technical Support Specialists also provide the basic training for new recruits, a very important and responsible job that has to be done right.

  • Vehicle Electrician

Vehicle Electricians work on the Army’s wheeled and light tracked vehicles to ensure they are ready for action. This involves fault-finding, regular maintenance and routine modifications.

  • Vehicle Mechanic

Vehicle Mechanics work on the Army’s wheeled and light tracked vehicles to ensure they are always ready for action. This involves fault-finding, regular maintenance and routine modifications.

TA REME Phase 2 Training

Once TA REME soldiers have passed out of TA Phase1 Training they go onto Phase 2 training. Phase 2 training for TA REME soldiers is different depending which REME trade the soldier has chosen to pursue.

  • Armourer - After Phase 1 soldiers will undertake two weekends of start standards training to assess their ability before any further training is conducted. This will take place in unit for those at a REME Battalion or with the nearest REME Battalion for those who are serving with other Arms. Following successful completion they will then be placed onto the Armourer Junior course which takes place over 14 days at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in Bordon.
  • Metalsmith - After Phase 1 soldiers will undertake two weekends of start standards training to assess their ability before any further training is conducted. This will take place in unit for those at a REME Battalion or with the nearest REME Battalion for those who are serving with other Arms. Following successful completion they will then be placed onto the Metalsmith Junior course which takes place over 12 days at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in Bordon.
  • Recovery Mechanic - After Phase 1 soldiers will undertake two weekends of start standards training to assess their ability before any further training is conducted. This will take place in unit for those at a REME Battalion or with the nearest REME Battalion for those who are serving with other Arms. Following successful completion they will then be placed onto the Recovery Mechanic Junior course which takes place over 12 days at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in Bordon.
  • Technical Support Specialist - After Phase 1 soldiers will undertake two weekends of start standards training to assess their ability before any further training is conducted. This will take place in unit for those at a REME Battalion or with the nearest REME Battalion for those who are serving with other Arms. Following successful completion they will then be placed onto the Technical Storeman Junior course which takes place over 12 days at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in Bordon.
  • Vehicle Electrician - After Phase 1 soldiers will undertake two weekends of start standards training to assess their ability before any further training is conducted. This will take place in unit for those at a REME Battalion or with the nearest REME Battalion for those who are serving with other Arms. Following successful completion they will then be placed onto the Vehicle Electrician Junior course which takes place over 12 days at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in Bordon.
  • Vehicle Mechanic B Vehicles (VM B) - After Phase 1 soldiers will undertake two weekends of start standards training to assess their ability before any further training is conducted. This will take place in unit for those at a REME Battalion or with the nearest REME Battalion for those who are serving with other Arms. Following successful completion they will then be placed onto the Vehicle Mechanic Junior course which takes place over 14 days at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in Bordon.

TA REME Courses

  • REME Crane Operator

A weekend course at SEME teaching TA REME soldiers how to operate the Overhead Crane and Crane Attachment Lorry Mounted (CALM).

  • TA DROPs Auto

A 12 day course at SEME teaching TA REME soldiers how to repair and maintain the DROPs vehicle. Primarily aimed at TA REME soldiers serving with RLC units with a DROPs fleet.

  • TA Armourer Optical Repair Level 2
  • TA FEPS Generator Familiarisation
  • TA Light Gun

A 12 day course at SEME teaching TA REME soldiers how to repair and maintain the 105mm Light Gun vehicle. Primarily aimed at TA REME soldiers serving with RA units equipped with the Light Gun.

  • TA MLRS Auto

A 12 day course at SEME teaching TA REME soldiers how to repair and maintain the MLRS vehicle. Primarily aimed at TA REME soldiers serving with RA units equipped with MLRS.

  • TA VM Vehicle Electrics

TA REME Promotion

The promotion requirements for TA REME soldiers differ between trades but at all stages the soldier must have a recommendation for promotion on his current annual Soldier's Joint Appraisal Report (SJAR). Promotions will follow the procedures in REME TA Standing Instructions. Promotion form SSgt to WO2 requires completion of the REME WOs Course as soon as possible after promotion. Appointment to REME WO1 posts is upon selection.

  • Vehicle Mechanic

Pte - LCpl - Must be a Class 2 soldier and hold a Cat C driving licence (Cat C requirement may be waived by the Chain of Command).

LCpl - Cpl - Must hold a Cat C licence.

Cpl - Sgt - Must be a Class 1 soldier and have passed both SNCO CLM TA Part 1 and Defence Instructional Techniques (DITs) (DITs requirement can be waived by the Chain of Command).

Sgt - SSgt - Recommendation on SJAR only.

  • Recovery Mechanic

Pte - LCpl - Must be a Class 2 soldier and hold a Cat C+E driving licence.

LCpl - Cpl - Recommendation on SJAR only.

Cpl - Sgt - Must be a Class 1 soldier and have passed both SNCO CLM TA Part 1 and Defence Instructional Techniques (DITs) (DITs requirement can be waived by the Chain of Command).

Sgt - SSgt - Recommendation on SJAR only.

  • Vehicle Electrician, Metalsmith, Armourer and Technical Support Specialist

Pte - LCpl - Must be a Class 2 soldier.

LCpl - Cpl - Recommendation on SJAR only.

Cpl - Sgt - Must be a Class 1 soldier and have passed both SNCO CLM TA Part 1 and Defence Instructional Techniques (DITs) (DITs requirement can be waived by the Chain of Command).

Sgt - SSgt - Recommendation on SJAR only.

External Links

REME TA Website - http://www.remeta.co.uk/default.htm

Official Army Website - http://www.army.mod.uk/reme/12097.aspx

REME Museum, Association and Shop - http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/

REME TA Band - http://www.army.mod.uk/reme/20213.aspx