Combat Engineer

#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.


TTFN

BFG
 
#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.
 
#6
soldier soldier said:
So when you are not plumming or blowing things up in the trade role, do you work as an infantry soldier on operations?
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... http://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/engineers.aspx
 
#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!
 
#15
BFG 9000 said:
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.


TTFN

BFG
What do you mean Secondary trade? Its the only trade, Z head :D
 
#16
Top trade my friend. Stick a bit of Airborne lovin on and you cant go wrong! ...............Unless you win the lottery and end up shaggin a load of fat chicks 24/7, it is a no brainer!
 
#17
I am looking to be a design Draughtsman in the RE and i am just wondering how active the role of combat engineer is over my trade? i would really like to be involved in some action and not just stuck in the office although i do strangely enjoy technical drawing haha so i am just asking if i am likely to see action in somewhere like afghan??
 
#18
go_for_it said:
I am looking to be a design Draughtsman in the RE and i am just wondering how active the role of combat engineer is over my trade? i would really like to be involved in some action and not just stuck in the office although i do strangely enjoy technical drawing haha so i am just asking if i am likely to see action in somewhere like afghan??
don't become a handbag then, where you sit in the drawiung office playing geeky games all day then complain when you actually get some work or is that just (most of) the ones at chilwell.
 
#19
Basicly all those that are thinking of joining the engineers need to think very carefully! if u struggle at phase 1, then you will hate gibralter barracks!
if u dont think u like the idea of bein on ur belt buckle in a minefield 3 in the morning, prodding because your valon is fucked then its not for you! ive been in 6 years now and every exercise we go on seems to involve every engineering task you are taught at phase 2!
i personally love it but i kno full well its not for everyone! the engineers pride themselves on how hrd they work, they wear there belt with pride!
 
#20
some good comments there mate, and i am always hearing royal engineers talk about how proud they are to be one!! i cant wait and i am 100% sure this is wat i want. i like a gd graft so gonna fit in well hopefully. cheers ihaep
 

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