Royal Engineers National Units

Hi all,

I am looking at moving to Dorset in October for work (I'm a Civil Engineer) and this will coincide with getting a bit more freedom from my previous job. As a result, I was looking at joining the Army Reserve, which I've wanted to do for quite a while. Given my Civil Engineering career and degree, I was thinking about joining the Royal Engineers, however, in coastal Dorset (Weymouth/Bournemouth, where I'm probably going to be renting), there are no RE units. The closest RE unit to me is 131 Commando Squadron in Bath, which is still up to two hours' drive.

With that in mind, are there any national units available within the Royal Engineers that I could join? Would I be able to join 131 Commando, but due to the distance I would have to travel, be allowed to serve a reduced number of training nights, perhaps?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

cowgoesmoo

Old-Salt
170 Engineer Group might be just what you're looking for:

 
Hi all,

I am looking at moving to Dorset in October for work (I'm a Civil Engineer) and this will coincide with getting a bit more freedom from my previous job. As a result, I was looking at joining the Army Reserve, which I've wanted to do for quite a while. Given my Civil Engineering career and degree, I was thinking about joining the Royal Engineers, however, in coastal Dorset (Weymouth/Bournemouth, where I'm probably going to be renting), there are no RE units. The closest RE unit to me is 131 Commando Squadron in Bath, which is still up to two hours' drive.

With that in mind, are there any national units available within the Royal Engineers that I could join? Would I be able to join 131 Commando, but due to the distance I would have to travel, be allowed to serve a reduced number of training nights, perhaps?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

No - you cannot be excused attending the required training due to distance.
Look for what is available near you, pick the one that gives the best vibe, enjoy that for a few years.
Your day job and Degree will not be wasted and it may give a nice change from Civ Eng.

If in a few years you move area - you can transfer Units, and there may be an RE Unit nearby.

Many people on this Website have served in more than one Regt or Corps.
 

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