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81 Signal Squadron (V)

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81 Signal Squadron (V)

81 Sig Sqn (V) are a Territorial Army Specialist Unit headquartered with 2 (NC) Sig Bde in Corsham, Wilts.

The unit recruits primarily trained telecoms engineers with wiring/cabling, PBX, LAN or WAN skills, typically employed by BT although increasingly other companies. This reflects the unit role - which is to provide specialist communications support to Army bases and formations throughout the world.

Specialists meet an annual minimum training requirement of 19 days per year. This is broken down into a long weekend for MATTs (normally 4 days at a UK training camp) then a two week deployment as part of a project team. Projects are usually allocated by troop, and the members of the troop rotate through over a six to eight week period until the job is complete.

The Sqn continues to work in many locations - the Falkland Islands, Germany, Cyprus, Nepal, the Balkans and Iraq.

The Sqn public internet site is available here. Unfortunately the Army has recently changed it's website, and the links don't all work properly. For enquiries about joining, contact 01225 815540 or

The Sqn also has a significant presence on ArmyNet, accessible via Communities > Territorial Army > 81 Signal Squadron (V).

The unit is also currently recruiting and has vacancies for trained telecommunications technicians. See either website for details.