Role: 1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (1 CS Bn REME) is one of the two Adaptive Force (AF) REME Battalions and sits within 1 UK Division, as part of 102 Logistic Brigade. Working on a two year Training and Readiness/Committed cycle known as the Operational Readiness Mechanism (ORM), the Bn is tasked to support a Light Protected Mobility (PM) Task Force held at readiness.
1 Bn is composed of the following:
• 4 Close Support Coy
• 12 Close Support Coy
Location: 1 CS Bn REME are based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, this is also where the vast majority of the units we support are based. Catterick is situated perfectly in the North East, with travel to major cities being easy. The Yorkshire Dales are on the doorstep and the coast or the Lake District is less than a 2 hour drive. Being on a major Garrison offers huge opportunity both for military experience and social activity.
Along with 2 CS Bn REME (who are on the opposite side of the two year ORM) we support 7 x Infantry Brigades, who are working on a 3 yearly cycle. This means that the units we are aligned to change yearly, this provides a great opportunity for us to interact with many different units with different roles. We support light infantry, light mechanised infantry (protected mobility) and light cavalry. Co-located with us in Catterick is 4 Infantry Brigade, which includes the Light Dragoons and 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment who we regularly work with. We also work very closely with 6 and 7 Regiments Royal Logistic Corps who we have deployed with as part of a combined Combat Service Support group on a number of exercises.
REME Reserve Bn Pairing: We are paired with 102 Battalion REME, based in the Newton Aycliffe with sub units in the North West of England. We support each other with training and deployments as well as taking part in a numerous activities throughout the year. We regularly have reserve soldiers embedded with us on deployments - a great experience for both parties.
Exercises/Deployments: Within the AF our main overseas exercise area is in the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK). The main Exercise in Kenya is Ex ASKARI STORM which sets out to test the teeth arm AF units up to collective training level 4 (CT4). As part of the exercise season a combined CSS Group (REME and RLC) deploy in support of this exercise.
This sees the CSS group operating in a combined arms environment and is a superb training opportunity. Within the CSS group there is an element tasked to support BATUK headquarters to help regenerate the vehicle fleet throughout the year. In addition to the Exercises in Kenya was also deploy personnel throughout the UK on exercise and to multiple locations throughout the world. We have recently deployed on a number of Defence Engagement Activities in West Africa as well as deploying personnel on Operational Tours to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Falklands.
Adventurous Training / Sport: 1 CS Bn REME prides itself on its Nordic prowess, doing extremely well at both REME and Army Championships. There are regular opportunities for AT, be it hill walking just out the back door or white water rafting in Kenya.
It is a bustling life at 1 CS Bn REME; there are more opportunities within the AF (and the REME Battalions within it) than most of our people have ever witnessed since joining the Army. If you want a challenge, stacks of opportunity, more responsibility and a more creative way of delivering effect then 1 CS Bn REME is the place to be.