After reading the water treatment thread; http://www.arrse.co.uk/sappers/158172-water-treatment-heve-you-ever.html I was left to wondering why are the RE not deploying in response to natural disasters, rather than derailing the water thread thought I post a new one. I can understand the political implications of deploying a military force to other counties (although I can imagine some would be greatful for the assistance), but I do not hear the beating of this particular drum within the Sapper forum. What is apparent is the ambition of the RE CoC to take on new roles such as EMOE (which IMHO is hardly rocket science and is more suited to Assault Pioneers) and make it a RE function. Why is the RE not trrumpeting something that is well within their capabilities and ET? The RE has trades and equipment that is ideally suited to this type of work - Water treatment, Plant Ops, Electricians, Carpenters, Bridge Laying, etc. Is there a reluctance to acually use these skills within the CoC? Furthermore it would allow these trades to actually practice their trade, a subject upon which I have spoken to various sappers in the past and found that they also find this frustration.