131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers
131 Commando Squadron is a specialist sub-unit of the Army Reserve, and is the Reserve squadron of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment. The Regiment's role to provide engineer support for 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines across the spectrum of conflict. Commando Engineers are trained in amphibious warfare, as well as how to operate in jungle, desert, mountains and cold weather environments.
As Reservists we balance our civilian careers and family lives with a part-time role within the Royal Engineers ('the Sappers'). As Sappers our job is to help the armed forces to live, move and fight. This involves a wide variety of skills, such as bridging, demolition, obstacle crossing, route denial, construction and infrastructure support, though you don't have to work in engineering in your civilian job to join us.
With this privileged role comes a significant responsibility; to serve with the unit you will have to pass the Commando Course in order to earn the coveted Green Beret. If you are tough enough, bright enough and dedicated enough to get into the Squadron there is an unrivalled amount on offer. 131 is also a particularly well-travelled unit; we have served in more than 50 nations and territories worldwide.
Eligibility - age. The age bracket for potential joiners and transferees 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.
Eligibility - fitness. As a new applicant for 131 you will need to complete the 1.5 mile (2.4km) run at the Selection Centre in 9 minutes 30 seconds or under. For those who have completed Phase 1 Training, including transferees from other units, you must also complete the same test in 9 minutes 30 seconds or under in order to be eligible to start Commando Training.
Eligibility - Commando Trained personnel. Rejoiners and transferees who are already Commando Trained can join the Squadron beyond 35 years, subject to role and availability of vacancies (please contact us directly for details). Note that there is no requirement to undergo Commando Training again if you have already passed the Commando Course with another part of the UK Armed Forces.
We meet prospective joiners at all 4 locations on the first Tuesday of each month, except when there is a bank holiday, in which case joiners should visit on the second Tuesday instead. Arrival times are 1930 hours sharp at London, Bath and Plymouth, and 2000 hours in Birmingham. If you're serious about becoming a Commando Engineer Reservist, just come and see us - there's no need to make contact in advance. Please bring proof of identity with you.