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Soldier careers

There are two routes when joining the REME as a regular soldier, this is dependent on your age. You will either take the Standard Entry Soldier route if aged between 17 and 33 years, or join as a Junior Entry Soldier if you are between the ages of 16 and 17 years and five months. The latter enables you to join the Army at 16, giving you a head start in your military career.

Standard entry soldier

Like all soldiers, you will complete 14 weeks basic training to learn the fundamental soldiering skills, and for REME soldiers this is undertaken at Army Training Regiments (ATR). These are located in Pirbright and Winchester for senior entry and Harrogate for junior entry. This will teach you basic soldiering skills such as drill, weapons handling, fieldcraft, first aid and map reading.

You will also work on physical fitness and personal development. Following this, having selected the trade you wish to pursue, you will go to one or REME's engineering schools where you will become a REME craftsman and learn your trade. Training can last up to two years depending upon your chosen job role, following this you will be posted to a unit in the field Army.

Junior entry soldier

You will attend a 23-week course (including three weeks holiday) at the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. This will include a period of basic military training where you will learn skills such as weapons training, drill and fieldcraft. You will also receive excellent leadership and initiative training and have the opportunity to go on adventurous training activities.

As part of the 'Technical Stream', you will complete a Common Foundation module of training which, as well as being a part of the Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (FMA) in Engineering (completed at Phase 2) will also be in preparation for your specialist trade training.

Entry Qualifications: Grade A-C in at least English language, Mathematics and a Science are required for all technician trades. Grade A-D for English language, Mathematics and a Science are required for all other trades except Technical Support Specialist which does not require a Science. You will also have to sit the Army Technical Selection Test which is a mathematical test.

Where you learn your trade

On completion of your course at AFC you will move on to trade training (Phase 2 training) at REME's specialist school in Lyneham, Wiltshire and become a REME Craftsman.The duration of this training course depends on which trade you choose. At the end of trade training you will be posted to your first unit in the field Army.

As well as your initial trade training, you will attend courses throughout your career to update knowledge and skills and gain further qualifications such as City and Guilds and BTECs. These qualifications are all transferable to civilian employment and highly sought after.

Contact us

Soldier Recruitment

Regimental Headquarters REME
MOD Lyneham
SN15 4XX

Tel: 01249 894517
Email: REMERHQ-PersOps-Sldr-SO2@mod.uk

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Repair and maintain the electronics systems (including radar, instruments navigation and weapons) of Army aircraft

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Electronics Technician

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