It is possible to join the Royal Engineers from age 17 to 33 years old. In addition to learning a specialist trade, Sappers are firstly trained as a soldier and then as a combat engineer. Initial length of engagement is 4 years with the possibility to extend at the end of that engagement.
Many Royal Engineering trades require minimal qualifications on entry; however most trades require individuals to possess good practical ability, technical aptitude and an appetite for continuous learning.
More detailed information about joining the Royal Engineers can be found in the RE Recruitment Brochure.
Many opportunities exist to progress within the Royal Engineers. Those who display good leadership and managements skills as well as being competent tradesmen may be promoted quickly. For those with the right qualities, it is possible to reach Warrant Officer Class 1 and even earn a commission.