81 Signal Squadron
A specialist Army Reserve unit that recruits trained telecommunications engineers from industry, gives them the required military skills and deploys world-wide in support of Army fixed operating bases.
The Squadron forms part of 10 Signal Regiment, a regular unit, and is an early example of Regular-Reserve integration under FR2020. The Squadron provides fixed telecom expertise to the MOD at a variety of worldwide locations.
In recent years, this has included the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Brunei - as well as operational tours to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Squadron skill-set includes copper and fibre optic cabling, telephones and other terminal equipment, distribution frames, automatic exchanges, Local Area Networking, transmission systems and communications network management.
All soldiers are recruited with the necessary trade skills, acquired through civilian employment (predominantly with BT and other large communications companies).
These skills are then supplemented with basic military training and often developed with additional training courses.
The Squadron also has a number of ex-Regular soldiers from a range of units and cap badges. Close links with industry are maintained through the post of Honorary Colonel, currently held by Larry Stone (President Group Public Affairs with BT).
The Squadron is currently recruiting and has vacancies for experienced telecommunications engineers in industry.
Unlike most Army Reserve units, the Squadron does not operate from an Army Reserve Centre, but is based at MOD Corsham, along with Regimental Headquarters 10 Signal Regiment.
81 Sig Sqn Contact Details
Telephone: 01225 84 7388