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131 Independent Commando Squadron

131 Independent Commando Squadron is a specialist unit of the Army Reserve. The Squadron's role is to provide engineer support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, an internationally-renowned rapid deployment force which specialises in amphibious operations and mountain and cold weather warfare.

Our reservists balance civilian careers and family lives with their part-time role within the Royal Engineers ('the Sappers'). As Sappers our job is to help the armed forces to live, move and fight, involving a wide variety of skills, such as bridging, demolition, obstacle crossing, route denial, construction, field fortifications and infrastructure support. There are significant travel opportunities and the unit has served in more than 50 nations and territories worldwide.

With this privileged role comes a significant responsibility; those serving with the unit have to pass the world-famous Commando Course in order to earn the coveted Green Beret. For those who are tough enough, bright enough and dedicated enough there is a huge amount on offer.

Potential joiners and transferees, please note that the age bracket for attempting the Reserve Forces Commando Course is 18 to 35. For new applicants this means applying at no later than 34 years and 3 months. Rejoiners and transferees who are already Commando Trained are welcomed, and can join the Squadron beyond this age (please contact the Squadron for details).

If you're up for the Commando Engineer challenge we meet prospective joiners at all 4 locations at 2000 hrs on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (except at Christmas and New Year). Just come and see us - there's no need to make contact in advance.

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Army Commando Reservists share what motivated them to join 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers.


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