Enabling Defence to Live, Move & Fight
Royal Engineer soldiers are called Sappers! We are unique, motivated and intelligent. We are multi-skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen. We provide essential support to all areas of Defence in peacetime and on operations.
26 May 1716
Few careers can match the diversity, training and experiences the Corps of Royal Engineers can offer. No matter which path you take, officer, soldier, Regular or Reserve, you will become confident in your role, with the opportunity to gain civilian recognised qualifications.
- Plant operator
- Bomb disposal/search
- Communication specialist
- Logistic specialist
- Royal Engineer diver
- Parachute engineer
- Commando Royal Engineer
- South Sudan - Operation Trenton
Due to civil war in the country, we are providing support to military and civilians in need of engineering expertise.
- Falkland Islands - Project Anemoi
We continue to support construction projects on the island.
- Afghanistan - Operation Herrick
- Iraq - Operation Telic
You will quickly learn the skills required to become a junior leader and gain promotion.
Our senior ranks are experienced, respectful and provide excellent coaching and mentoring.
We have quality Sapper officers, that inspire and lead from the front.
The Corps of Royal Engineers comprises of Regular and Reserve units, located around the United Kingdom. Our Corps' home is situated with 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment in Chatham, Kent. As a trainee Sapper, this is where you will conduct your trade training.
I'm proud to be the first female Armoured Engineer Lance Corporal Victoria - Corps of Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal Victoria joined the Army in 2013 and trained to be an Armoured Engineer. She drives two different types of armoured vehicles, spends time with the Army Youth Outreach Team and is an accomplished horse rider.
Male or Female, as a potential Sapper you will be treated fairly and with respect throughout your career in the Corps of Royal Engineers.
There are a number of specialised trades in the Corps of Royal Engineers including Bomb Disposal/Search, Armoured Engineer, Parachute Engineer, Commando Royal Engineer and Royal Engineer Diver to name a few.
If the Corps of Royal Engineers sounds appealing, please use the link below to enquire.
I have a sense of pride and worth as a Sapper Corporal Gregan - Corps of Royal Engineers
Corporal Gregan is trained in Bomb Disposal/Search and is proud to have served his country on Operations around the world.
As a potential Sapper, you will complete basic training. You will learn the skills required to become a robust and confident soldier.
You will complete combat engineer training, which will give you the engineering knowledge required to use speed boats, handle explosives, build bridges, purify water, build fortifications and many other exciting tasks.
As a Sapper you will gain a trade, with the opportunity to gain civilian recognised qualifications.
Monthly Trade Focus
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Our surveyors conduct land and hydro-graphic surveying tasks to produce accurate survey plans of land and inshore waters, as a basis for the design of roads and other structures.
You could gain civilian recognised qualifications such as a Level 3 & 5 Diploma in Engineering Survey (Military Engineering) and your Cat B car driving licence.
Entry Requirements: Maths C/5 English C/5 Other C/5 – or equivalent.
We take our sport seriously! Spr Ebonie Jones - GB Boxing Team
As Sappers we take our sport seriously! Flyweight boxer, Ebonie Jones is a Sapper based at 26 Engineer Regiment and the current Under 22 European Champion.
Sapper Jones joined the GB Boxing squad in September 2017 and was promoted to the elite podium group in April 2018. In June 2018, she was selected for the 2018 European Championships where she reached the quarter-finals before losing to the eventual gold medallist.
Check out our various social media channels, for more insight of what sports we do.
Corps of Royal Engineers Timeline
The Corps of Engineers was formed in 1716, consisting of only 28 officers. After expansion and many expeditions around the world, the Corps of Royal Engineers was formally established in 1856, consisting of both officers and non-commissioned ranks.
Royal Engineers Army Football Club win the FA Cup
The famous defence of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War takes place
Strategic tunneling operations assist First World War efforts
Essential engineer operations contributed to Allied success in the Second World War
Corporal J Bedford MC receives a bravery medal for his efforts in Afghanistan
The Corps celebrates 300 years of successful military engineering around the world
Corps of Royal Engineers Locations
8 Engineer Brigade
Cloutman Block, Gibraltar Barracks, Camberley, Surrey GU17 9LP 01252 863229
12 (Force Support) Engineer Group
Bldg 408, RAF Wittering, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6HB 01780 417155
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)
The Castle, Monmouth, NP25 3BS 01600 712935
21 Engineer Regiment
Claro Bks, Ripon, N Yorks, HG4 2RD 01765 632202
32 Engineer Regiment
Marne Barracks, Catterick, North Yorks, DL10 7NP 01748 875677
36 Engineer Regiment
Invicta Park Bks, Maidstone, Kent ME14 2NA 01622 7673202
39 Engineer Regiment
Kinloss Bks, Kinloss, Forres, Moray IV36 3UH 01309 616608
71 Engineer Regiment
Leuchars Station, ST ANDREWS, Fife, KY16 0JX 01334 857632
75 Engineer Regiment
Peninsula Barracks, O’Leary St. Warrington WA2 7QS 01925 642842
25 (Close Support) Engineer Group
Picton Barracks, Bulford, Salisbury, SP4 9NY 01980 672670
22 Engineer Regiment
Swinton Bks, Perham Down, Andover, Hants SP11 9LQ 01980 651758
26 Engineer Regiment
Swinton Bks, Perham Down, Andover, Hants SP11 9LQ 01980 603774
29 EOD & Search Group
Montgomery House, Queen’s Ave, Aldershot, GU11 2JN 01252 787729
33 Engineer Regiment (EOD)
Carver Bks, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2YA 01223 203707
101 Engineer Regiment (EOD)
Carver Bks, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2YA 01223 203751
170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group
Bldg 102, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 01159 572570
62 Works Group Royal Engineers
Bldg 104, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 01159 572314
63 Works Group Royal Engineers
Bldg 103, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 01159 572232
65 Works Group Royal Engineers
Bldg 102, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 01159 572875
66 Works Group Royal Engineers
Bldg 108, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 01159 572439
20 Works Group Royal Engineers (Air Support)
RAF Wittering, Peterborough, Cambs, PE8 6HB 01780 417260
23 Parachute Engineer Regiment
Rock Bks, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3LU 01394 462555
24 Commando Royal Engineers
RMB Chivenor, Barnstaple, N Devon, EX31 4AZ 01271 857775
42 Engineer Regiment (Geo)
RAF Wyton Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 2EA 01480 524514
1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment
Brompton Bks, Chatham, Kent ME4 4UG 01634 822851
3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment
Gibraltar Barracks, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey, GU17 9LP 01252 863273
Soldiers from 32 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers teach Kenyan Engineers how to prepare explosive charges during EX ASKARI STORM in Kenya.
Sappers of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment prove their improvisation skills using materials they find on the ground to fulfil their mission of enabling 16 Air Assault Brigade - the British Army’s airborne rapid reaction force - to fight, move and live.
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