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Corps of Royal Engineers

Royal Engineer soldiers are called Sappers

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.

Facts & Figures


Formed on

26 May 1716



Combat Support




Our skills

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.

  • Tradesman
  • Plant operator
  • Bomb disposal/search
  • Communication specialist
  • Logistic specialist
  • Royal Engineer diver
  • Parachute engineer
  • Commando Royal Engineer


Current Deployments

  • 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.

Previous Deployments

  • Afghanistan - Operation Herrick
  • Iraq - Operation Telic

Our People

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.

Sapper Robertson Carpenter 39 Engineer Regiment
Lance Corporal Nishan Bricklayer 36 Engineer Regiment
Lance Corporal Lopez Structural Finisher 35 Engineer Regiment

Our Location

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.

Regimental Headquarters
Ravelin Building
Brompton Barracks
01634 822212

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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.

  1. 1875

    Royal Engineers Army Football Club win the FA Cup

  2. 1879

    The famous defence of Rourke's Drift during the Zulu War takes place

  3. 1916

    Strategic tunneling operations assist First World War efforts

  4. 1945

    Essential engineer operations contributed to Allied success in the Second World War

  5. 2010

    Corporal J Bedford MC receives a bravery medal for his efforts in Afghanistan

  6. 2016

    The Corps celebrates 300 years of successful military engineering around the world

Corps of Royal Engineers Locations

Life as a Royal Engineer


Interested in joining The Corps of Royal Engineers?