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The TA Royal Engineers

TA Units

* Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)


The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (R MON RE(M)) is the most senior regiment in the British Territorial Army, having given continuous loyal service to the crown since 1539. It is part of the reserve forces.

It is not the oldest regiment in the British Army; this honour goes to the Honourable Artillery Company (from 1296 but chartered in 1537), but Militia always takes precedence over Volunteers, although The Jersey Field Squadron (M) can trace its origins back to 1337.

The regiment is also unusual in having the word Royal appear twice in its name. It gained the first "Royal" in 1804 when it was known as the Monmouth and Brecon Militia. The second was acquired in 1877 when the regiment transferred into a Special Reserve section of the expanding Royal Engineers. The regiment is also the only Royal Engineer regiment to possess colours because in 1914 they were given the colours of the East Monmouth Militia for safekeeping.

The unit is located in the following places:

RHQ - Monmouth 100 Fd Sqn - Cwmbran 108 Fd Sqn - Swansea 225 Fd Sqn - Oldbury Jersey Fd Sqn - St Helier

In the last six years the Regiment has provided composite units for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Originally a militia (infantry) unit charged with home defence, if became an Engineer unit in 1877 and a Royal Engineer unit in 1896. From 1896 it is also became the only regiment with two "Royals" in it's title and is the only Royal Engineer unit whose members wear the Prince of Wales Division cap badge and the militia flash instead of a Brigade affiliation.

The majority of the Regiment is located in Wales with its Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) based in the remaining grounds of Monmouth Castle itself and it's supporting Troop located in Vauxhall Camp (also in Monmouth). 100 Field Squadron has it's headquarters and No 1 Troop in Cwmbran with its two other Troops (2 and 3) being found in Llandaff, Cardiff and Whiteladies, Bristol. 108 Field Squadron is located close to the Swansea city centre and its one Troop is located in Gorseinon on the outskirts of Swansea. 225 Field Squadron is located in Oldbury, Birmingham and it has recently taken over a new Troop location in Walsall, Birmingham.

Under Future Army Structures (FAS) the only remaining militia unit based in the UK (but not on English or Welsh soil) was taken under command in April 2007 when the Jersey Island Field Squadron moved to operational control of the Regiment. With an increase of establishment of approximately 146 personnel, the unit has grown in size and area of responsibility since April 2007.

The unit's primary role is to provide a Contingency Component (CC) of trained and deployable manpower to the Regular Army in order to support Large Scale Deliberate Intervention (LSDI) operations. This is something the unit has continued to do since 2002 with a Squadron sized deployment (the only deployment of a formed unit by the TA since the Korean war) of approximately 128 personnel on OP TELIC 2 and a formed Troop of 48 personnel to support 21 Engineer Regiment in 2007 on OP TELIC 11. Individuals still volunteer for operations and the regiment has deployed personnel to the following locations in the last two years: Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, Kuwait, Germany, the Balkans, Kenya and Malawi.

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* 71 Engineer Regiment

* 72 Engineer Regiment

72 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) reformed in 2006 as a Close Support Royal Engineer Territorial Army Regiment.

The Regiment is formed into 3 Squadrons; 103 Field Squadron (Volunteers) based in Newcastle and Sunderland, 106 Field Squadron (Volunteers) based in Sheffield and Bradford and 299 Para Field Squadron RE (Volunteers) based in Wakefield and Hull.

Close Support Engineers provide specialist engineer capability to front line troops including such tasks as Demolitions, Bridging, Construction, Water Supply, Field Engineering and Counter Mobility.

72 Engr Regt (V) is currently supporting both 23 Engineer Regiment, as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, and 21 Engineer Regiment, providing the opportunity for challenging and rewarding operational deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

As well as training as a Close Support Engineer, members of the Regiment have the opportunity to train to join 299 Para Sqn RE (V), the only Royal Engineer parachute role Squadron. 'The maroon beret', the distinctive hallmark of Parachute trained troops, is worn by members of 299 Para Sqn (RE), recognising those who have completed the gruelling and physically demanding tests of endurance.

  • 299 Parachute Squadron RE

299 Parachute Squadron is the Territorial Army's elite Airborne Engineer Squadron located in the North of England.

As the only Territorial Army parachute trained Royal Engineer squadron we recruit from a wide radius, centred on our barracks in Hull, Wakefield and Gateshead.

* 73 Engineer Regiment

73 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) is a Territorial Army (TA) Regiment within 49 (East) Brigade. It is commanded from its Headquarters in Nottingham. The Regiment comprises of some 517 Territorial soldiers with a small staff of Regular Army soldiers and civilians. It recruits mainly from the surrounding counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with locations in Nottingham, Derby and Chesterfield.

Role 73 Engr Regt (V) has been in the Air Support Role since 1993. Prior to this it was a Combat Engineer Unit in support of 1 (British) Corps. Air Support Engineering (support to the Royal Air Force) has been an Army task undertaken by the Royal Engineers since 1969 and includes support to Air Bases, Harrier jets and Support Helicopters. The Regiment is currently preparing to deploy volunteer troops on various oversees operations and exercises, including Afghanistan and Cyprus.

* 75 Engineer Regiment

Our Territorial Army (TA) Centres are in Cheshire (Warrington), Merseyside (Birkenhead), Staffordshire (Stoke-on-Trent and Cannock) and Greater Manchester (Failsworth and Ashton under Lyne). Having moved from Failsworth in 2007, Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) is now well established in Peninsula Barracks, Warrington we also command Cheshire Garrison.

History The Regiment was formed in1967, but, through our Squadrons, can trace its history to 1859:

1859/60 - The formation of 1st Lancashire Engineers (Volunteers) and 1st Cheshire Engineers (Volunteers) (now 107 (Lancashire & Cheshire) Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers)). 1908 - The formation of 1st/2nd North Midland Field Companies Royal Engineers (Volunteers) now 125 (Staffordshire) Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers). 1901 - The formation of the Fortress Companies of 3rd East Lancashire Engineers (Volunteers) now 202 Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers). Role Our official war role is to support 28 Engineer Regiment in Hameln, Germany through augmentation for Major Combat Operations. However, in light of current stabilisation operations, our primary role is to provide trained and motivated soldiers to support Regular RE regiments deploying to Afghanistan, as well as to other Army units on operations around the globe. We have recently deployed over 200 soldiers on operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus and the Balkans. We also have a permanent role to assist the civil authorities in times of crisis, such as floods and foot and mouth disease.

* 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

The Regiment is the only Royal Engineer Territorial Army Bomb Disposal Regiment. The Regiment is committed to NATO's Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps and it has the mission to provide an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, or individuals, as an essential part of the Army's order of battle.

The Regiment comprises of some 500 part time soldiers with a small regular army staff. The Regiment consists of four Squadrons based in London (Catford & Holloway / White City) and the home counties (Rochester & Tunbridge Wells/ Reigate and Brighton).

Want to join the Regiment? Joining 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers) is easy. Either phone 0800 2346 101 for more information or pop in to the Territorial Army (TA) Centre on a Tuesday evening at 8pm.

* 131 Independent Commando Squadron RE


"To be ready to provide general engineering support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines."

First raised in 1947 as an Airborne Engineer Regiment, it once fielded over 1000 trained parachute engineers. Since 1978 the unit has been an independent Squadron of Commandos providing engineer support to the Royal Marines.

As a Commando unit the majority of personnel have completed the TA All Arms Commando Course, run by the Royal Marines at Lympstone. This demanding course is the foundation for all further training.

As an engineer unit the Squadron trains for a variety of tasks from demolitions to construction. The unit has its own chefs, clerks and mechanics to sustain personnel and equipment alike.

The unit frequently deploys on tasks with, or to support, the Regular Forces in both the UK and abroad. In recent years the Squadron deployed personnel to Iraq, Afghanistan, Oman, USA, Norway, France, Malawi, the Falkland Islands, Romania and Egypt on exercises and training with 3 Commando Brigade units.

The Squadron has worked hard to build up the reputation of a TA unit second to none, with a professional approach to part time soldiering. Its personnel have earned the respect of their Regular counterparts, with many former Regular soldiers joining the Squadron.

* 135 Independent Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers

135 Independent Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers) is the only unit in the Territorial Army (TA) to support 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic). As a TA Squadron, it serves as the 4th sub-unit within the Regiment, providing geographic support to defence - such as surveying and terrain analysis, the production of maps and geographic products, and the distribution of these.

As Royal Engineers, or 'Sappers', the unit is involved in a variety of additional tasks including, bridge building, demolitions, construction, as well as survey work.

JOBS The squadron offers a range of roles:

Survey and terrain analysis The collection, collation, manipulation and production of data, and advice to senior commanders on the effects of the terrain on operations. Production of geographic products The creation, production and reproduction of geographic mapping products in an operational environment. Geographic Information Dissemination (GID) The distribution of geographic products to the Field Army, and the establishment of a re-supply logistical chain in the field.

* 591 Independent Field Squadron

591 Independent Field Squadron is the only Royal Engineer TA unit in Northern Ireland. The Squadron is based in Bangor, County Down with a detachment located in Antrim.

The Squadron is a Light Role, Close Support, Combat Engineer Squadron. It comprises 2 Field Troops of Combat Engineers, a Support Troop of drivers and plant operators and supporting personnel.

* 170 (Infra Sp) Engr Gp

170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group (170 (Infra Sp) Engr Gp) was formed in 2005 following the amalgamation of the Regular and Territorial Army (TA) elements of Military Works Force (MWF). The unit is administered centrally in Nottingham but training can be carried out at a variety of locations.

Regulars and TA work and train together and cover the full spectrum of military and civilian infrastructure support including:

Expeditionary camps - Railways - Ports - Fuel - Water - Power generation and distribution and other utilities - Airfield and geotechnical support

Group Structure The Engineer Group consists of a Headquarters and five Works Groups. Each Works Group, in addition to providing a works and military infrastructure capability specialises in a particular area:

62 Wks Gp RE - Water Utilities - water development and well drilling 63 Wks Gp RE - Electrical power - generation and distribution 64 Wks Gp RE - Fuel - fuel production and distribution 65 Wks Gp RE - Civilian infrastructure - railway and ports infrastructure 66 Wks Gp RE - Air Support and geotechnical engineering Civilian Infrastructure Expertise Within all Works Groups, the expertise in civilian infrastructure and utilities is provided by TA teams with individuals with relevant civilian knowledge, qualifications and experience, be they tradesmen, technicians, designers or professional engineers.

Applicants for the TA Component are expected to have a qualification in a branch of engineering and are likely to be working in a civilian job requiring skills that are transferable to a suitable role in the TA Component.

Operations The Regular Component of 170 (Infra Sp) Engr Gp has a permanent presence whenever the Armed Forces are deployed on operations, our TA soldiers deploy and work alongside our Regular soldiers and in recent years they have deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

65 Works Group Royal Engineers (Volunteers) is the only Works Group within 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group that is totally staffed from Territorial Army (TA) personnel. It is a 300 strong national TA Unit recruited from across the UK.

Personnel are professional engineers, technicians and artisan tradesmen, who are usually drawn from the UK's engineering industry sector, where they may work as consultants or contractors, or from local authorities or government agencies. There are also drivers, signallers, vehicle mechanics and chefs on the units establishment.

* 65 Works Group Royal Engineers

65 Wks Gp RE (V) is formed into a Headquarter unit and five Specialist Teams Royal Engineers (STRE). Three of these teams are referred to as works teams [STRE (Wks)], who provide an all-round general engineering design capability.

In addition, we also have the only railway infrastructure team and the only ports infrastructure team within the Army. As such, we provide niche specialist engineering skills that enhance the capability of the regular element within 170 (Infra Sp) Engr Gp, by bringing an increased depth of technical engineering knowledge from UK industry.


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