33 Engineer Regiment

Discussion in 'Sappers' started by CallMeGiggs, Jun 5, 2010.

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  1. Afternoon Gents. I have applied to go in the Royal Engineers to be a Plant Operator Mechanic but I am wondering what academic qualifications I need to have to be able to specialise in Explosive Ordnance Disposal in 33 Engineer reg? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. None.
     
  3. Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. If you are posted to 33 and fill a relevant slot, you'll do the basic course as a Sapper which - no pun intended - isn't rocket science.
     
  5. What are my chances of getting a 33 Reg posting? It's something I really want to do.
     
  6. Why do you really want to do it? Maintaining possession of your arms and legs should be your primary and lifelong concern. Any decisions voluntarily taken that reduce the likelihood of this happening are probably wrong.

    I used to want to do EOD but when Afghanistan turned rubbish I quickly changed my mind. Do EOD and the probability of buying wheelchair tyres instead of shoes increases quite considerably.
     
  7. Yeh obviously there are risks involved but then again if I was to cross the road without looking both ways I could also end up in a wheelchair! However in my opinion once in the Army as a soldier my "primary and lifelong concern" should be keeping others alive, not my own safety and working in EOD would help towards doing this.
     
  8. That's a good outlook. As a sapper, it would be inevitable that you would be in Afghanistan at some point and therefore be at risk anyway. There have been quite a few Medium wheelys smeged over there. (fortunately they seem to take a blast better than a mastiff - No seriously hurt plantys).

    Don't be too hasty about writing off your own safety.
     
  9. I know exactly what you mean, the first time I got near JPA after a trip out the gate I changed my posting preferences!

    The problem now is that you don't even have to be at 33 to get pinged for search!
     
  10. When is it that I choose my posting preferences? Is it during training?
     
  11. You never did have to be 33 to be REST trained. Most Field Squadrons provided search teams for ops in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
     
  12. Ah right didn't know that, but as there are a lot of RESTs now, the chances of doing it are greater! Not my cup of tea I'm afraid, massive respect to the lads that do it though :thumright:
     
  13. It's debateable whether the chances are greater now than at any other time. There were in excess of 27,000 British troops in Northern Ireland in the early to mid 1970s (including Sappers in the infantry role) and all-arms search was fairly undeveloped as far as modern counter-terrorism went, meaning that RESTs were in heavy demand across the province. How's that for de-railing a thread... :p
     
  14. Wedge - sorry mate, the RE are doing much more search (as a % of the RE) than they ever did in NI.
     
  15. Right you are - wasn't thinking in percentage terms. I'm making a habit of being wrong this evening :wink: