Combat Engineer

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  1. I want to go full time in the army, and I am thinking about joining as a combat engineer. Anyone here know what life is like as a combat engineer and is it a good career to go for?
  2. Combat Engineer would be your secondary trade. (although you may spend your entire career doing it).
    Plumber, Carpenter, Electrician, fitter, surveyer...... etc.

    Can't knock Her Majestys Royal Engineers at all.

    Although I did Transfer to REME.
    I do admit though, that blowing sh1t up is fcuking fun.


  3. The most under valued of the Combat Arms. They always seemed to have good motivated people at all levels and there are never enough of them.

    Go for it.
  4. So when you are not plumming or blowing things up in the trade role, do you work as an infantry soldier on operations?
  5. chimera

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  6. On Ops as a combat engineer you'll be as far forward as you can get, giving you pleanty of oppertunity to do the infantry thing. There are (always) however too few engineers to go round so as soon as the fighting stops you'll be digging, building, clearing, spanning and sweeping, getting plenty of chance to do both field engineering any your primary trade. On the first and second tour on any Op everyone screams out for engineer support.... from there on it's just a loud cry :)
  7. wherever you go on tour , you will ALWAYS have the best bar , it's a matter of some pride within the corps.

    people tend to either like us , or edge away nervously .....
    but if theres people who need digging in , you're their best friend.

    there is a definite work hard play hard attitude in most units, obviously there will always be exceptions.

    and yes............... blowing things up IS fun.
  8. yeah, i totally agree with what's been said...if you want a wide spectrum of activities you can't go wrong with the Engrs...and unlike some other units, if you get bored you can move on every 3 or 4 years...triple trading is the norm these days so you'll always have something to keep you occupied :wink:
  9. I am also looking to into Combat Engineer. I am curious to know what the level of competition for say a Para Combat Engineer is like?

    Also, what is a more useful trade of a Combat Engineer to have? (What trade is dragged into the field more often?)

    I am thinking that the demolition and Communications Engineers are taken along most often?
  10. Engineer paras are on the same bands of pay as the rest of the engineers except they receive extra "jump" pay for being para qualified(maybe a para could confirm this?)As for trades getting dragged out...all combat engineers are trained in demolitions,so it's not seen as something that anyone specialises in. A trade that is normally used out in the field more often than most would be the Plant Operators...the majority of other "Artisan" trades are used in tasks in re-building places or reinstating infrastructure-schools,accomodation,hospitals etc etc-depending on the situation.
    Here could be good start for you...
  11. Many years ago when the army was advertising on TV the slogan used was "If variety is the spice of life, want to try a vindaloo?" this is especially true in the Engrs.

    Look into the trades that are there, but also think what might be usefull to you as and when you leave the army.

    Becoming a Plant Operator would definately be a very good choice, I was Bomb Disposal as well as a Combat Signaller, but there is no reason why you couldn't do all 3 if you wanted and put your mind to it.
  12. any info on engineer driver, i know the whole thing where everyone thinks your thick and that.

    Iv looked into it and i think it is something i will love. went on a look at life course last week to england, went to sandhurst etc, blew up a sand bag lol fun indeed.

    So if anyone can give me as much info on the driving as possible

    i.e What duties drivers do on tour, on base at home, training etc. thank you
  13. i have just passed selection at lichfield and am awaiting a date to start phase 1 at bassingbourn. my chosen trade is fitter general (equipment mechanic), does anyone have inside information about what its like to do this trade?

    any help appreciated!
  14. yeh ive just changed from fabricator to fitter gen for after im done with the B3
  15. What do you mean Secondary trade? Its the only trade, Z head :D