The British Army's Military Engineers

42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)

The British Army's Geographic Specialists

As Geographic Technicians we are responsible for the production and supply of geographic information and products to a wide range of Defence organisations. We create technical products which provide key information for military commanders to make mission critical decisions.

Our products are used at all levels, from Sapper up to Ministerial level.

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Our Skills

We provide geographic information, survey capabilities and mapping products. We are a well established and highly respected and dependable regiment, utilised at every level of Defence.

As a Geographic Technician you will gain skills that are directly transferrable and recognised on civilian street. Our class one course is accredited by Sheffield Hallum University, providing the opportunity to gain a BSc in Military Geospatial Science, with the option to turn it in to a full BSc (Hons) degree.

Our Skills

  • Advanced Geospatial Analysis
  • Data Management
  • Geospatial Web Services
  • Geodetic Survey
  • Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
  • Systems Support

Our People

Our Officers and Soldiers are amongst the most intelligent and motivated in the British Army.

We have deployed on all major conflicts in recent years and have proven ourselves to be an invaluable part of the British Army.

We don't just work though! We regularly participate in various types of sporting events and have several sports persons representing the Army, Combined Services and even have Sappers working towards the Olympics.

Lt Col Paul Hammet - Commanding Officer
Sgt Kes Cartmell - 14 Geo Sqn RE
LCpl Josh Porter - Special Support Team


Current Deployments

  • Estonia - Op CABRIT

We are providing geographic support to NATO's enhanced forward presence (Spearhead Force) in Estonia.

Previous Deployments

  • Cyprus - Op SHADER
  • Afghanistan - Op TORAL

Our Location

RAF Wyton is the home of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geo), this is where the majority of our Officers and Soldiers are based. However, we also have a wide range of external postings available across the UK and overseas.

42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)
RAF Wyton
PE28 2EA
01480 52451 7237


Life in the Army

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As a potential Sapper, you will complete basic training. You will learn the skills required to become a robust and confident soldier.

You will then 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.

Next you will complete driver training, gaining your car license if you don't already have it, LGV and HGV licences, and also learn to drive off road and drive tactically.

Now you are ready to begin your trade training to become a Geographic Technician. You will complete the 42 week long class two Geographic Technician course at the Royal School of Military Survey, Hermitage.

Geographic Technician

Aptitude Selection @CorpsOfRoyalEngineers

Candidates must attend a 5 day selection programme in Wyton. It will provide a better understanding and assesses your suitability.

The course assesses:

  • Colour perception test.
  • Mathematics – GCSE standard.
  • English – GCSE standard.
  • Map reading and understanding.
  • Geographic Information Systems.
  • Planning exercises.
  • Field terrain analysis exercise.
  • Presentation preparation and delivery skills.

42 Engineer Regiment (Geo) Timeline

We can trace our history back to the military survey of Scotland in 1747. This task was undertaken on the direction of William Roy, who later became a Major-General. In 1824 the Board of Ordnance ordered a survey of Ireland with 13 and 14 Survey Companies, Royal Engineers raised for the task; these squadron still exist today.

  1. 1824

    13th & 14th Survey Company's formed.

  2. 1940

    13th & 14th Survey Company's deploy to France with the British Expeditionary Force.

  3. 1948

    42 Survey Engineer Regiment formed.

  4. 1990

    Op GRANBY in Iraq.

  5. 2003

    Provided Geospatial support to Op TELIC in Iraq.

  6. 2006-14

    Geo Cell's deployed in Forward Operating Bases on Op HERRICK in Afghanistan.


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