C3S Questions

#1
Right... I went down AFCO last week as I have pre selection on Weds and ADSC on Monday. On the booklet I was given it says Phase 1 - 14 weeks. Then Phase 2 in Minley 10 weeks.

When I spoke to the recruiter he said about phase 2a and phase 2b which made me slightly worried as I never heard about this until then and worrying about the interviews in ADSC now, I'm doing my research online and can see

What training will I receive to become a Royal Engineer?
Firstly you will conduct basic military training (known as Phase 1) at one of the Army Training Regiments before moving to Gibraltar Barracks at Minley, Surrey where you will undertake a 9-week combat engineering course (Phase 2a). This training is common to all Royal Engineers and provides you with a foundation level of engineering knowledge. You will then undertake specialist training (Phase 2b) for your specific trade which can take between 16 and 53 weeks. Depending on your trade this will take place at Minley, Deepcut, Leconfield, Bovington or Chatham.
Just wondering how long phase 2b will be for C3S, any help is much appreciated as I don't want to look like a fool which hasn't done his revision in ADSC.

thanks.
 
#2
I had my selection last month, and they didn't really ask me any questions about training or what not, they just give you a brief formal interview at the end telling you how you did, I too chose royal engineers to do command, communications and informations systems specialist, which only lasts 10 weeks, as for c3s have you tried google? Or maybe give your recruiting officer a ring they'll always know the answer, better than getting there and not knowing your stuff. Hope this helps :)
 
#4
I had my selection last month, and they didn't really ask me any questions about training or what not, they just give you a brief formal interview at the end telling you how you did, I too chose royal engineers to do command, communications and informations systems specialist, which only lasts 10 weeks, as for c3s have you tried google? Or maybe give your recruiting officer a ring they'll always know the answer, better than getting there and not knowing your stuff. Hope this helps :)
I thought communications and informations systems specialist was a C3S? How'd it go mate you pass? They're the ones driving us down to pre-selection on weds so I'll double check with him. Thanks for reply.
 
#6
I think it is my bad, I've heard so many abbreviations I forget what it is to be honest. Yeah got an A thanks mate, don't get babied like you do at your pap and pre selection, on your pre selection it's the exact same as your pap to be honest. No worries hope it was some help, and good luck.
 
#7
army Jobs just replied to me on Facebook, I'll post comment here so that it may help others.

Phase 1: Adult 14 weeks Winchester or Pirbright and Juniors 23 weeks at Harrogate

Phase 2A: All Royal Engineers go onto Minley near Camberley to under take a 9 weeks Combat Engineering Course, where they learn:

1. Water Supply
2. Force Engineering
3. Watermanship
4. Force Protection
5. Mine Warfare
6. Equipment Bridging
7. Non-Equipment Bridging
8. Demolitions

Phase 2B:

Royal School of Military Survey Hermatage:

Geographic Technician course lasts 44 wks

Royal School of Military Engineering Chatham:

Electrician* course last 33 wks
Equipment Mechanic (Fitter)** course last 35 wks
Air Con & Refrigeration Engineer* course lasts 42 wks
Heating & Plumbing Engineer course lasts 28 wks
Design Draughtsman* course lasts 39 wks
Design Draughtsman (Ele & Mec)* course lasts 32 wks
Surveyor* course lasts 27 wks
Carpenter & Joiner course lasts 22 wks
Bricklayer & Concretor course lasts 32 wks
Building Finisher course lasts 25 wks
Fabricator course lasts 32 wks
Plant Operator Mechanic** course lasts 18 wks
Construction Material Tech** course lasts 20 wks

RE Warfare Wing Minley:

Communication & Information Specialist** course lasts 10 wks

Armour Centre Bovington:

Armoured Engineer* course lasts 17 wks

Defence School of Supply Deepcut:

Engineer Logistic Specialist course lasts 10 wks

Defence School of Transport Leaconsfield:

Driver Specialist** course lasts 12 wks

* Includes Cat B Driving Licence
** Includes Cat C+E Driving Licence
 
#12
You will do a 10week b3 combat engineer course at gib barrracks, then once you done that you will either go straight onto your sigs course at the same place for another 10weeks.

enjoy fleet
 
#13
No I havent yet machie, spoke to my recruiter yesterday and he reckons August time but don't have a specific date. Hope your pre selection and selection go well
 
#16
I just feel that the recruiting office sells the wrong discription. They will give you more than enough info on the training side but very little on your unit life within the trade, chances are your recruiting staff aren't RE or c3s. If its signals u want to specialise in then there are far better trades in the royal signals that go into a lot more depth and you will be used more within the trade. Dont be subjected to being pushed into something to boost the recruiting office monthly in take.

Re sigs and driver are the bottom end trades within the corps.
 
#18
That all lies on a cadre which are once a year at best, the infantry run several a year. Other corps require a cadre after promotion.

Best advice for someone aspiring to do signals is a tech trade in the royal signals.

It's also a little worrying that he's gone to selection and only just finding out what his B3 is. Makes you wonder how much else he has not been informed about.
 
#19
That's fair enough I guess, haven't really been informed on any unit life afterwards so your right on that part, if your referring to me about not knowing any dates about basic training, my entire careers office was so slow with dates all the time probably something I just got used to, but cheers for any advice.
 
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