Humanities degree - Sapper Officer?

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  1. Hi guys,

    My first degree is a humanities degree and I'm presently pursuing a post-grad qualification in a specific realm of engineering.

    I know a technical, engineering degree is not essential but will getting sponsored into the RE, upon successful completion of AOSB, be feasible? Or are the overwhelming number of Sapper Officers graduates from solid technical backgrounds?

    To me it's one of the best Corps to join but I wonder if my academic background will be less desirable than most.

  2. chimera

    chimera LE Moderator

    No you don't have to have a technical degree to be a Sapper officer, so keep going.

  3. I think it's just the REME who prefer technical backrounds for the Officers (mainly due to the Aviation side of it), I'm pretty sure most Corps take each candidate on individual merit, except the Loggies, who take anyone that can take a breath.
  4. If only that were true, the RLC would be fully manned. The fact is that the RLC has particularly high recruiting standards. You would be surprised by how many candidates the RLC turn down each year, despite risk to their manning targets. There has been a significant increase in the number of RLC Tps commanded by SSgts in preference to recruiting candidates who may be more suitable to other, less demanding Arms and Svcs.
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  6. Thanks Guys for this,

    Confirmation of what I already knew. It does seem that all the best opportunities within the RE as an officer are open to those with an Engineering background (Chartered status; MSc GIS, etc) whereas non-tech graduates appear to have fewer civilian benefits.


  7. Just because you've finished your Humanities degree, doesn't mean that you can't carry on studying post grad whilst in the Army. So if you find a qualification which some of your fellow Engineer Officers have, and in your opinion it will help open other avenues for employment, go for it. Army Education Officers are there to offer advice and I've studied with the Open Uni whilst serving, and they have been 100% supportive throughout.
  8. Point taken, but I think DRLC recently said something about increased numbers of LE's going into command appointments because of their experience & quality. You can't deny that under manning (including alot of Captains leaving at 6 year point) and budget cuts/gapped posts aren't an issue (?)

    Less demanding arms and serv's? Granted for AEC, RAMC (Admin), Vets & Dentists, but the Inf, Int, Engr's & Arty's are bloody demanding Corps, I think they'd want more robust Officers (?)
  9. There are oppertunities to gain CEng status whilst serving. You need to be a Captain and hold a relevent degree or post grad qualification to appy for CEng training. You either specialise as civil or electrical and mechanical. You do about 7 months at Chatham and then do an 18 month civilian attachment then go back to Chatham for a month to do your professional review. Unlike the REME however, the RE do not look down on non CEng officers and you will still have a good career.