We use cookies to improve your experience on our website and ensure the information we provide is more relevant. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we will assume you are happy to accept all cookies on the Army website. You can change your cookie settings at any time.


103 Field Squadron



Whoever you are, whatever your ambitions, you can achieve them as a Reservist Solider in the British Army. With many different roles to fulfil there is something to suit everyone. Your perfect role might involve problem solving, gaining new skills, developing your responsibility or just doing something completely different to the other areas of your life. You will receive first class training, including qualifications, and be well rewarded for your efforts (you may be surprised how much you can earn). The team spirit experienced as a Reservist is second to none. Reservists enjoy a full and rewarding social life, the people you meet will be more than just colleagues – they become friends for life! You will become fitter, more focussed and potentially more employable. Joining the Reserves can enhance your existing career. Reservist trained employees are widely regarded by their employers as being more committed, dependable, confident and responsible in the work place.

Who We Are

103 (TEE) Field Squadron is the only Sapper unit in the Northeast. We are a part of a Hybrid Regiment (A unit with regular and reserve parts to it).

We are currently located North and South of the River Tyne with Army Reserve Centres in:

103 Field Squadron: ARC Debdon Gardens, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5TL.

2 Troop 103 Field Squadron: ARC Dykelands Rd, Seaburn, Sunderland, SR6 8DP.

Our Headquarters is 21 Engineer Regiment, a regular army unit based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Being part of a Hybrid Regiment enables us to work and train alongside our regular counterparts.

What We Do

We are a light role combat engineer squadron. Combat Engineers ensure the army can fight, move and survive by providing engineering on the battlefield. When the enemy is on the move, it is the Combat Engineers who deny their path by creating obstacles, destroying bridges, cratering roads and digging tank traps. Combat Engineers are trained to use explosive charges to do these tasks. As Combat Engineers we also supply fresh drinking water, construct patrol bases, maintain and clear obstacles from roads, and build bridges.We are also trained and able to protect our own troops and equipment by providing specialist advice and using plant machinery to construct earthwork defences. Reservist Royal Engineers can work in support of the Regular Army, either as individuals or sometimes as formed groups. This may be on operations abroad or on exercise at home and abroad. We train at weekends as a Squadron and deploy on a two week Annual Camp once per year.

We train to deploy on operations to complete the following types of mission:

Combat Engineer support

• Infrastructure development.

The Squadron consists of local personnel with a variety of skills and roles, but our offer is also about personal development for all our officers and soldiers. We develop Core Skills:

Leadership – Common Sense – Physical Robustness – Self Awareness – Technical Ability



Combat Engineers

A member of 103 Field Sqn guides vehicles onto a pontoon bridge whilst on exercise in America.

As Combat Engineers we learn the technical skills to prepare and initiate demolitions, to supply fresh drinking water, construct patrol bases, maintain and clear obstacles from roads, and build bridges.



Members of the Squadron conduct a live firing range/exercise.

All our personnel routinely practice soldiering skills such as field craft, communications, map reading, first aid and the use of a variety of weapons.



A member of the Squadron can attend full regular courses such as Carpentry and Joinery. We also develop basic infrastructure and facilities management skills in all our soldiers. Those that have the time or previous experience can also go on to achieve City and Guilds qualifications in specific trades such as electrician, carpentry or plumber.

Plant Operator Mechanic (POM)

Plant Operator Mechanics are trained to use a multitude of plant equipment most of which can be seen on civil engineering sites across the UK.
Plant Operator

Logistic Specialist

Royal Engineer operations rely on qualified Logistic Specialists to control engineer resources and we use specialist computer software to help manage our supply-chain.

Command, Control and Communication (C3S)

Command, control and communication (C3S) specialists play a vital role on operations. Our C3S specialists operate a variety of signals equipment enabling us to relay information quickly and securely.

Members of the Squadron complete aerial training allowing us to communicate over long distances.


Overseas Training

In recent years the Squadron have trained overseas on a number of occasions. Including America, Cyprus and Germany.

In 2016 103 Sqn will be going to Kenya and the Ascension Islands for training.



2013 Army Sports Women of the Year, Sgt Hayley Just is a member of 103 Field Squadron. Sgt Just is a 2nd Degree Black Sash and has over 20 years martial arts experience. She also holds a 1st Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and currently competing at Combined Services and international level.

Adventure Training

The Squadron has regular opportunities to attend an array of Adventure training events.
In January 2016 the Squadron is once again off to the ski slopes of France to conduct a weeks down hill skiing. All attendees will also be paid their daily rate of pay for taking part.
Adventure Trg

Community Engagement

103 Field Sqn RE exercising their right to the freedom of the Borough of Wallsend.

Community engagement is an important role for the Sqn as it assists in maintaining community links and aids in enhancing the Sqn’s profile in the local community.


Share this page

Bookmark and Share