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Jodster

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Hey guys, so I’m looking to join royal engineers, I can’t go in as a tradesman as I’m lacking 1 GCSE. So I’ve decided to go for RE Logistics Specialist, they’ve told me I can choose later on down the line between that, armoured engineer, driver or IT System coms. (Combat specialist roles) I’m dead set on going into royal engineers. I’m just unsure as to what is the best out of these jobs. I just need some insight as to what each of these roles do on a day to day life and what would be the best for when I leave the army for qualifications. Cheers.
 

Jonnynoname

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Hey guys, so I’m looking to join royal engineers, I can’t go in as a tradesman as I’m lacking 1 GCSE. So I’ve decided to go for RE Logistics Specialist, they’ve told me I can choose later on down the line between that, armoured engineer, driver or IT System coms. (Combat specialist roles) I’m dead set on going into royal engineers. I’m just unsure as to what is the best out of these jobs. I just need some insight as to what each of these roles do on a day to day life and what would be the best for when I leave the army for qualifications. Cheers.
Go another cap badge :) Try R Sigs for example not sure if they still call it this
Installation Technician: an expert in installing and repairing fibreoptics and telephone systems.
 

Jonnynoname

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One thing good about the R Sigs is you will not only learn a trade but also drive. I did the Radio op course got driver light straight after. Even though after serving in the R Artillery i could only (not bad) drive a M109 gun with an H licence. I also got my hGV 2 (then) in the R sigs. Not saying they are the best cap badge but you get something out of it. Still maybe have Technicians who get more money & promotion very quick. left as a Lance jack after training. Their basic course was 1 year. it might be all new now i don´t know but look into it.
 

chimera

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Hey guys, so I’m looking to join royal engineers, I can’t go in as a tradesman as I’m lacking 1 GCSE. So I’ve decided to go for RE Logistics Specialist, they’ve told me I can choose later on down the line between that, armoured engineer, driver or IT System coms. (Combat specialist roles) I’m dead set on going into royal engineers. I’m just unsure as to what is the best out of these jobs. I just need some insight as to what each of these roles do on a day to day life and what would be the best for when I leave the army for qualifications. Cheers.
Armoured is the most combat engineer focused. You will get a stack of licences (as you obviously will as a driver). Log Spec historically was a trade that NCOs transferred into after a few years of service, but it is now an entry trade. If you want to get your hands dirty and do some serious field stuff, then go Armoured first, then Driver.

Read the two "Everything You Wanted to Know..." stickies in the Sapper Forum.

If you really want a artisan trade, then can you try to pick up that extra GCSE?
 

Jonnynoname

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Armoured is the most combat engineer focused. You will get a stack of licences (as you obviously will as a driver). Log Spec historically was a trade that NCOs transferred into after a few years of service, but it is now an entry trade. If you want to get your hands dirty and do some serious field stuff, then go Armoured first, then Driver.

Read the two "Everything You Wanted to Know..." stickies in the Sapper Forum.

If you really want a artisan trade, then can you try to pick up that extra GCSE?
what exactly? building bridges? combat engineer mine clearing?
 

Jodster

Clanker
I was talking to an ex sapper of 24 years and he said logistic specialist would be the better option to go with as it’s more future proof with qualifications for managing a warehouse, forklift licence etc. I just don’t think I’d enjoy it while on operations etc. I know combat engineering is basically bread and butter of a royal engineer. I was thinking about armoured engineer, but getting mix feelings about it as people have said you’re very limited to postings and apparently promotion is non existent.
 

Jonnynoname

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I was talking to an ex sapper of 24 years and he said logistic specialist would be the better option to go with as it’s more future proof with qualifications for managing a warehouse, forklift licence etc. I just don’t think I’d enjoy it while on operations etc. I know combat engineering is basically bread and butter of a royal engineer. I was thinking about armoured engineer, but getting mix feelings about it as people have said you’re very limited to postings and apparently promotion is non existent.
well i am not an expert on the Royal Engineers but a sexpert =-D However if it was me i would go with the most flexible trade for postings & promotion. Combat Engineer it was called in the 80s. i knew a guy who was this & also learned to be a painter. Knew another was a brickie. seemed then Combat Engineer was the way to go. think they all learned basic Combat Engineer then a trade.
 
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