Im 21 and have recently gone back to college to learn how to become a Joiner but the Royal Engineers sounds like something I really want to do with my life. After doing my own research on the net I understand that the process to become a sapper goes: Phase 1 (Basic training), Phase 2 (combat engineering), Phase 2a (Learning your trade). After a lecture at college about careers in the army they talked about FE Bursary scheme which involves remaining at college for a year until i have completed my NVQ level 2 while receiving £1000 as a incentive to remain on the course. Looking through a brochure about the scheme it says once you have completed your college course the training process goes: Phase 1 (Basic) then Phase 2 (learn your trade). This confuses me as it does not mention the combat engineering side which is a large aspect that attracts me to the RE. The route I was thinking I could take is completing my NVQ course on the FE Bursary scheme (as my friend who is a Signaler said it could be up to 9 months before i start Basic) and then completing Basic and combat engineering before learning the trade which is the was i understand it to be anyway. Sorry if this is really doesn't interest anyone or if i dont make sense, thats probably because im confused myself. Any light that can be shed on this would be much appreciated.