RE Troop Commander Course
Although more than 80% of Officer Cadets are university graduates, some are accepted with A-Levels or equivalent qualifications, or are serving soldiers who have been selected for Officer training. Age on entry must be between 17 years 9 months and 28 years.
Following the 48 weeks of Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Royal Engineer Officers proceed to Command Wing at the RSME where they complete a 6 month long Troop Commanders' Course.
The course, which is split between the Minley and Chatham sites, aims to provide the Corps of Royal Engineers with trained and motivated commanders and leaders through operationally focused command and leadership training.
With particular emphasis on engineering principles, doctrine and tactics, the training provides the necessary technical, supervisory and administrative knowledge to command engineer soldiers in peace and on operations.
On passing the Troop Commanders' Course, Officers are posted to their unit where they will become a Troop Commander. This may entail further training as a Paratrooper, Commando or EOD specialist.
Further Command Training
During their commission, high quality Officers may be selected to attend the Battle Captains' Course and/or Squadron Commanders' Course where they will be provided with the necessary command and supervisory training required to operate effectively in their unit.
Further Technical Training
Individuals may apply to attend the Geographic course at the Royal School of Military Survey where on successful completion will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree or Professional Engineer Training at the RSME where they will also be awarded a MSc degree and be well placed to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.