135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers is the only unit in the Army Reserve to support 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic). The Regiment is a Joint Force Command specialist Royal Engineer unit that provides geographic support to all elements of UK Defence; particularly to Army headquarters, formations and units. The Squadron forms the 4th Sub-Unit within the Regiment assisting in delivering this capability.
Recruiting Now – Many of the opportunities on offer do not require any prior specialist knowledge - We are looking for personnel with drive and ambition who we can train as well as specialists with existing geographic knowledge.
The Squadron provides a range of capabilities to Defence ranging from raw data collection (including geodetic surveys) and information management; through information exploitation, terrain analysis and visualisation; to geospatial information dissemination (electronically across networks, by bulk reproduction and supply of hard copy mapping, or on a digital media).
Operations and Training
In recent times 135 Geographic Squadrons main effort has been providing support to Op HERRICK in Afghanistan; also providing individual augmentees to reinforce existing embedded geographic personnel on the deployed staffs. In addition the Squadron plays a key role in providing survey teams for tasks within the UK and overseas and is now broadening its output to support wider Defence Intelligence Organisations by providing officers and soldiers with geospatially linked disciplines to support operational requirements and projects. Soldiers of 135 Geographic Squadron have the best of all worlds: not only are they trained as soldiers and technicians but also as combat engineers giving them a breadth of skills and training unavailable elsewhere in the armed forces.
The Squadron has been involved on operations and on training exercises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany, Canada, Kosovo, Italy, Austria and Sierra Leone in recent years.
Geographic Vocational Specialist
The Unit is equipped and trained by the Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG) and reinforces their Regular Army counterparts 42 Engineer Regiment (Geo); currently delivering Geographic Information Dissemination (GID) and Geodetic Survey capability.
Therefore the Squadron is seeking to recruit Geographic Vocational Specialists.