Sappers are unique, motivated and intelligent. We are multi-skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen. We provide essential support to all areas of the British Army 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.
Due to civil war in the country, we are providing support to military and civilians in need of engineering expertise.
We continue to support construction projects on the island.
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 have a sense of pride and worth as a Sapper Gregan, 29 - The Corps of Royal Engineers
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.
The Corps of Engineers was formed in 1716, consisting of only 28 officers. After expansion and many expeditions throughout 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 Rourke'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