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A few Questions.

#1
Hello everyone,

I've filled in my application forms and decided to give the Royal Engineers a go. But there are a few things that i would like to know.
First of all, What are the best trades? For instance, I was thinking about being a Command, Communications and Information Systems Specialist but im not quite sure what its like.
Second, My dad wanted me to go on the insight course, What is that like and what type of things do you do? How fit do you have to be?
Thirdly, Are the Royal Engineers like infantry soldiers? Like, Do they get into gunfights etc. in Iraq or wherever.
Fourth, If I join the Royal Engineers, And i find that im not to keen on them, Or i want to give something else a go, Would i be able to change? For example, If i wanted to join the infantry or something, Would i be able to?

Thanks, If i have any more questions I'll be sure to post them here as i know there are people with first hand experience here.
 
#2
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Dizzee367 said:
Hello everyone,

I've filled in my application forms and decided to give the Royal Engineers a go. But there are a few things that i would like to know.
First of all, What are the best trades? For instance, I was thinking about being a Command, Communications and Information Systems Specialist but im not quite sure what its like.
This sounds to me like it may be a Royal Signals employment.
 
#3
still21inmymind said:
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Dizzee367 said:
Hello everyone,

I've filled in my application forms and decided to give the Royal Engineers a go. But there are a few things that i would like to know.
First of all, What are the best trades? For instance, I was thinking about being a Command, Communications and Information Systems Specialist but im not quite sure what its like.
This sounds to me like it may be a Royal Signals employment.
No, Its one of the trades of the Royal Engineers.
 
#4
Dizzee367 said:
Hello everyone,

I've filled in my application forms and decided to give the Royal Engineers a go. But there are a few things that i would like to know.
First of all, What are the best trades? For instance, I was thinking about being a Command, Communications and Information Systems Specialist but im not quite sure what its like.
Second, My dad wanted me to go on the insight course, What is that like and what type of things do you do? How fit do you have to be?
Thirdly, Are the Royal Engineers like infantry soldiers? Like, Do they get into gunfights etc. in Iraq or wherever.
Fourth, If I join the Royal Engineers, And i find that im not to keen on them, Or i want to give something else a go, Would i be able to change? For example, If i wanted to join the infantry or something, Would i be able to?

Thanks, If i have any more questions I'll be sure to post them here as i know there are people with first hand experience here.
Can any Sappers shed some light on this trade?
 
#5
Dizzee

The corps is the best choice, you are three soliders in one.
Tradesman, Combat engineer, and basic soldeir. The variety of tasks we undertake in the different theatres means that there is a possibility that whatever you want you can persue but you also get some quals on the way.

As for the trade you mentioned its sounds like a signaller each to there own my advice get a trade and then look to do someother courses once your future is safe.

There are many threads and many people who confirm the CORPS is the best.

REgards

Blacksmith
 
#7
Blacksmith said:
Dizzee

The corps is the best choice, you are three soliders in one.
Tradesman, Combat engineer, and basic soldeir. The variety of tasks we undertake in the different theatres means that there is a possibility that whatever you want you can persue but you also get some quals on the way.

As for the trade you mentioned its sounds like a signaller each to there own my advice get a trade and then look to do someother courses once your future is safe.

There are many threads and many people who confirm the CORPS is the best.

REgards

Blacksmith
What does that trade do?

Obviosly OPSEC, but PM me and I'll put into laymans for the young lad.
 
#8
First of all, with your location and a signature like that, I won't be surprised is you get labelled a walt over in the naffi. Anyway..

I am that trade. Just say 'sigs' for short. Used to be a crap trade, but it's alot more computer based with bowman/comBAT..etc. You also gain you're Cat B (car) C, C+E (HGV) licence.

Combat Engineering is more interesting in whichever trade you choose. Depending on what trade you pick, would determin on how often you are used as a Combat Engineer. It's good and a it's crap at sapper level. Blow stuff up, play with makita equipment, drive army boats are all the plus points. Bad points 'hands on, life UUUP' which will see you grafting putting bridges together and enduring lessons such as 'water purifacation'.

RE is the best, cause everyone gets bored of what they do, and we've got several differant jobs you could be doing, so it's not all 'samey' Like me, I can be a driver, signaller, Cbt Engr, Infanteer, superhero.
 
#9
Ok, So how does my sig have anything to do with me joining the Royal Engineers? And whats wrong with me being from Hertfordshire? And care to explain what a "walt" is?

Other then that, Thanks for the useful information.
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
#10
Let's keep the advice sensible please for a potential recruit to our Corps.

Dizzee - have you looked through the links in the Corps Info sticky at the top of the page?
 
#12
Nightrained said:
First of all, with your location and a signature like that, I won't be surprised is you get labelled a walt over in the naffi.
FFS NT..........before you post....check the contents.....WTF is naffi ? Do you mean NAAFI ? Its written on the entrance to every establishment it owns!!!!!! You really are a numbnut!

You still pounding the pavements ? Enjoying getting lazy on leave ?
 
#13
Just when you think the lad's doing OK(ish).... goes right back down again!
Good luck Dizzee, plenty of trades out there should you wish to go for the RE.
 
#14
I have been following the exploits of NT for a while now....he doesn't help himself does he!
 
#15
Dizzee367 said:
Hello everyone,

I've filled in my application forms and decided to give the Royal Engineers a go. But there are a few things that i would like to know.
First of all, What are the best trades? For instance, I was thinking about being a Command, Communications and Information Systems Specialist but im not quite sure what its like.
Second, My dad wanted me to go on the insight course, What is that like and what type of things do you do? How fit do you have to be?
Thirdly, Are the Royal Engineers like infantry soldiers? Like, Do they get into gunfights etc. in Iraq or wherever.
Fourth, If I join the Royal Engineers, And i find that im not to keen on them, Or i want to give something else a go, Would i be able to change? For example, If i wanted to join the infantry or something, Would i be able to?

Thanks, If i have any more questions I'll be sure to post them here as i know there are people with first hand experience here.
Hi Dizzie,
MEC3S is the current term for a Combat Signaller in the Royal Engineers. I am just coming to the end of 22 years as a "SCALEY", although my last 6 years have been spent in IT. If communications interest you, then its the job you want, if its hands on building and blowing up, then its Combat Engineering. Depends what you want out of it all. A trade is something you can carry through to civvy street after it all, so choose wisely! Dont let some of these "oggies" convince you that Combat Engineering is the be and end all of the RE, it aint!
The RE is a great Corps, and there is lots to choose from, what ever you do, I am sure you will enjoy it!
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
#17
Dizzee367 said:
Thanks mate, I'd actually be more intrested in working with demolitions etc, What trades are there working with demolitions? Bomb Disposal?

And can anyone tell me what things you do on the Royal Engineers insight course? Thanks.
EDIT: Someone kindly PM'd me the Insight course programme. If anyone else is intrested: http://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/careers/insight_course/programme/detail.htm
Dizzee - please do look through all of the links in the Sapper Career info thread in the sticky section above:

1. All Combat engineers carry out training in demolitions. Whatever trade you choose you will undergo combat engineer training.

2. Thanks for the link on Insight courses. Although that link is already in the Career Info thread that I directed you to a couple of days back.
 
#18
chimera said:
Dizzee367 said:
Thanks mate, I'd actually be more intrested in working with demolitions etc, What trades are there working with demolitions? Bomb Disposal?

And can anyone tell me what things you do on the Royal Engineers insight course? Thanks.
EDIT: Someone kindly PM'd me the Insight course programme. If anyone else is intrested: http://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/careers/insight_course/programme/detail.htm
Dizzee - please do look through all of the links in the Sapper Career info thread in the sticky section above:

1. All Combat engineers carry out training in demolitions. Whatever trade you choose you will undergo combat engineer training.

2. Thanks for the link on Insight courses. Although that link is already in the Career Info thread that I directed you to a couple of days back.
Oh sorry mate, I could'nt get a proper look at that thread because i was doing something at the time. I'll be sure to get a good look at the links.
 
#19
Hey Dizzee, forget the Nighttraineds' quote! His spelling is pretty suspect, and once his leave is over, BFT's will be a problem again ( or have you carried on with the fitness NT? Somehow I don't think so.)
The Corps is the best! You are a squaddie first, you will have your share of firefights, you will be one of the first in - last out, the rest of the Army depends on us to make things happen or to progress in the battlefield (dems, minefield clearence, bridges etc. etc. etc), and which ever trade you decide upon, will stand you in good stead for the future, whether you use it or not (as with everything else you do within the Corps, it is character building, and it works!!!)
Also, every unit or Corps will tell you it's the best, but most is bravado. Do a little revision and you will see that the RE's do not boast! Ask any drop-short about his stable belt! (carefully, and not on your own! It may get messy!!)
Suffice to say, in the RE's you are a man, an asset, someone who could, would and will be depended upon to achieve a goal, and not someone to make up the numbers in an attack (ever seen Sharpe?), you are not a Grunt. You are not expendable!!
Good luck young Sir.
 
#20
Good luck with joining us, Dizzee. I think your questions have been answered?

Apologies for NT. He's the resident.. wel.. dunno.. he's ours anyway.

Nice Sig pic. Sas doing an explosive entry? No dramas there. Some of our best lads have moved on to 'them'


Dont quite get the problem with Hertfordshire. Maybe NT was thinking Herefordshire.. If you do join us and get a location to go to from a signaller who sounds young and has Guns and Roses playing on a stereo in the background, tell him to get to fek and go recheck the map and to get a grown up to send the message next time.. :twisted: :wink:
 

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