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71 Engineer Regiment

Troop and Squadron locations

71 Engineer Regiment

71 Engineer Regiment, RAF Leuchars, Leuchars, Fife KY16 0BN

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10 (Orkney) Troop

Weyland Park, Kirkwall KW15 1LP

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2 Troop

71 Engineer Regiment, RAF Leuchars, Leuchars, Fife KY16 0BN

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102 Field Squadron (Air Support)

Anzio Lines, 63 Hawkhead Road, Paisley PA1 3NE

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124 Field Squadron (Air Support)

Glencryan Road, Cumbernauld G67 2UH

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236 Troop

Kinloss Barracks, Forres, IV36 3UH

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591 Field Squadron

5 Balloo Avenue, Bangor BT19 7QT, Northern Ireland

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Who We Are

We are the Royal Engineer’s Army Reserve Regiment based across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Our Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) is based in Leuchars, Fife, with our 3 Squadrons based in Bangor, Paisley and Cumbernauld. As shown below 124 Field Squadron has Troop detachments in Leuchars and Orkney and a Training Location in Kinloss Barracks. We are paired with 39 Engineer Regiment, a Regular Unit based in Kinloss, Moray which offers fantastic training opportunities both at home and overseas, as well as an added dimension to whatever training they help us deliver.

We have just under 400 Army Reserve soldiers, each Squadron having around 110 on its books. We have a Permanent Staff Team of around 50 comprising Regular Army, Full Time Reserve Service and Civilians who enable, train and mentor: their aim is to make your Army Reserve experience as diverse, challenging and rewarding as possible.

What We Do

Whe Royal Engineers, one of the oldest corps in the British Army, is the construction arm of the Armed Forces. The Engineers provide support to the rest of the Armed Forces, ensuring their ability to live, move, and fight. This support includes building the accommodation, roads and bridges, and airfields needed to successfully prosecute combat operations.

As a Force Support Unit, 71 Engineer Regiment has a defined operational role in support of the Regular Army. Each Squadron must be able to Force Generate a troop’s worth of Force Support capability in support of training and operations as follows:

  • 102 Field Squadron – Construction Plant & Combat Infrastructure
  • 124 Field Support Squadron – Engineer Logistics Node & Combat Infrastructure
  • 591 Field Squadron – Combat Infrastructure Troop

In order to provide the flexibility required to meet our operational requirements each Squadron holds a mix of trades so opportunities for each of the trades below exist across most of the Regiment’s locations.

71 Engineer Regiment Opportunities

Royal Engineer Trades

Combat Engineer

All Royal Engineers qualify as a Combat Engineer, you will learn the skills to make it possible for the army to live, fight and move on operations providing basic life support needs like fresh drinking water, building patrol bases, maintaining and clearing roads.

Artisan Engineer

You will learn the construction based skills to become a reserve carpenter and joiner, bricklayer and concreter, heating engineer and plumber, electrician and building decorator and finisher.

Logistic Specialist

As a Logistic Specialist you will control all the Royal Engineer’s resources, from nuts, bolts and pipes to other raw materials. You will learn how to use specialist computer software and how supply-chain logistics really work.

Plant Operator Mechanic

As a Plant Operator you will be trained to drive and maintain a variety of plant machinery and vehicles from excavators to forklifts.


As a driver in the RE you will trained to drive and maintain a wide range of vehicles, from Landrovers to specialist bridge layers and cranes.

ME C3S – Command, Communication and Control Specialist

As a C3S you will play a vital role in communications. You will learn to operate a variety of signals equipment, to enable you to relay information quickly and securely.

Artisan Engineer Trade

Newly formalised as an Army Reserve capability the Regiment will ultimately have three avenues to training and developing Artisan Engineers:

  • Attending Regular Army Trade Courses. For those who can spare the time and take advantage of the flexible working options the Regiment can offer, subject to meeting the entry standards, it will be possible for small numbers to attend the following courses at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, Kent (around 6 to 8 months long depending on course and rate of progress through training):
    • Carpenter & Joiner
    • Bricklayer and Concreter
    • Electrician
    • Heating Engineer and Plumber
    • Building and Structural Finisher
  • Reserve Artisan Trade. In due course a Reserve Artisan trade will be available delivering elements of the above courses judged vital to delivering operational effect on the operations. The exact delivery mechanism is yet to be confirmed.
  • Bringing in Civilian Trades. We welcome all with trades that sit within the groups above. We will need evidence of qualifications and experience prior to conducting an assessment in order to ascertain which Reserve equivalent trade role you can fill.

Attached Arms Trades

Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) Chef

As a Chef you will be trained in food preparation and presentation both in commercial kitchens and outdoor field kitchens.

Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Combat Medical Technician

As a combat medical technician you will be trained to give emergency treatment, evacuate casualties and deal with the day to day medical needs of soldiers in conflict and peacetime.

Adjutants General Corps(Staff and Personnel Support) (AGC(SPS)) - Combat Human Resources Specialist (CHRS)

As a CHRS in addition to your basic soldiering skills you will also provide Human Resources and administration support to your unit.

Training and commitment

Each soldier must complete a continuous period of no less than 15 days training annually together with a total of 12 days attained through weekend and Tuesday evening training in order to attract an annual bounty payment.

Typically you can expect at least 2 or 3 opportunities each year to deploy on an Overseas Training Exercise. Over the next 18 months we have training planned in the Falklands, Kenya, the United States and Cyprus either led by 71 Engineer Regiment, or supporting 39 Engineer Regiment training.

In order to develop our Combat Infrastructure capability we conduct many construction tasks, typically over weekends, all over Scotland. This rewarding work allows us to put something back into the local communities.

You will have opportunities to attend career courses to enhance your command, leadership and management skills, vital if you wish to progress through a vibrant Army Reserve Career that is guaranteed to pay dividends to your civilian employment.

Soldiers attending Regular Army artisan trade course will be subject to a legally binding return of service commitment.

Pay and flexible working

Once in training, you will be paid for each training period you complete, starting at £35.04 a day and rising to £43.54 a day on completion of basic training. As you qualify through further training and gain promotion, your daily rate of pay will increase accordingly with a minimum commitment set at 27 days (in order to qualify for the annual bonus). To support the growth of the Army Reserve there are opportunities to work over and above the minimum commitment both at home and overseas – this can really enhance your earning potential.

Annually upon completion of your training commitment, you should qualify for a bonus called a bounty, this is tax free and starts at £424 rising to £1674 after five years. Further details are available at the Army Website.

Who we want

We are looking for fit enthusiastic men and women from across Scotland and Northern Ireland to join our team. We are seeking skilled construction professionals, however, no experience is necessary, since you will be trained in basic soldiering skills and a variety of technical trades however we do very much welcome recruits from all walks of life and with the full range of trades.

How Do I Join?

Contact our Recruiting Team on any of the following to obtain full details on joining 71 Engineer Regiment:

Telephone: 01334 857632
Mobile or Text: 07919 303969

What Happens Next

We will arrange for you to visit our Army Reserve Centre nearest you to explain the opportunities and skills 71 Engineer Regiment and the Army Reserves will offer you.

The initial recruiting experience is a comprehensive process, typically taking several weeks and several visits to complete in full before you proceed to basic training. This consists of a mixture of online and unit based initial preparation activities delivered by our Recruiting Teams who will guide and assist you throughout to ensure you have the confidence and knowledge to succeed.

Once successfully enlisted you will commence training, which consists of three phases:

Phase 1 – Basic Training. To train you in skills common to all soldiers

Trained Soldier Course (A)

  • Delivered in three ways:
    1. Over 6 weekends
    2. As a consolidated 10 day course
    3. As a hybrid of 1 & 2

Trained Soldier Course (B)

  • A continuous 15 day course

Consolidated Courses

Trained Soldier Courses (A) & (B) can be delivered in a 4 week consolidated course, these are referred to as Exercises SUMMER CHALLENGE and SHAMROCK CHALLENGE and are conducted during the summer months, ideally suited to individuals who can devote 4 weeks to complete basic training in one period. After successfully completing phase 1 training, you will progress onto phase 2 training

Phase 2 – Special to Arms Training. To train you in the basic skills required by all Royal Engineers.

Combat Engineer Training

  • This is a continuous 15 day course

Phase 3 – Specialist Trade Training. To train you in your specialist role as a:

  • Plant Operator Maintainer
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Artisan Engineer (Carpenter & Joiner; Bricklayer & Concreter; Electrician; Heater and Plumber; and Building & Structural Finisher).
  • Driver
  • Command, Communication and Control Specialist

The length of these courses can vary from 15 days continuous training to an 8 months residential course.

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