Royal Corps of Signals

Leaders in a digital age

The Royal Signals are the Army's professional communicators. Everywhere the Army deploys – from Special Forces and intelligence gathering teams to personnel deployed in armoured vehicles, the Royals Signals deploy.

Facts & Figures

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Active from

28 June 1920

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Role

Command support

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Specialism

Communications

Our Skills

Intelligent, innovative and technically astute, our soldiers are trained to become experts in both engineering and operating a plethora of communications systems, computer networks and cyber equipment.

  • Electronic warfare and cyber
  • Diagnostics and repair of equipment
  • Mechanical and electronic repair
  • Sourcing, issue and delivery of equipment
  • Fibre optic repair and installation
  • Special Forces communicator
  • Operate hi-tech communications systems
  • Jamming and intercepting communications

Current deployment

Royal Signals soldiers are currently deployed globally providing commanders with information and communication services to enable their decision making and control of their units. 

  • Op TORAL – Afghanistan 
  • Op CABRIT – Estonia 
  • Op SHADER – Iraq 
  • Op NEWCOMBE - Mali 
  • Op ELGIN - Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo 
  • Op TRENTON - South Sudan 
  • Op TAURUS – Nigeria 
  • Op TANGHAM - Somalia
  • Rest of World – the Royal Signals also has long standing commitments around the world, including Germany, Canada, the Falkland Islands, the USA, Cyprus, the Middle East, Kenya, Brunei, and Nepal.

Our People

The Royal Signals is a family - we selected the best Officers and soldiers to fit this family, encouraging them to use their talent, enthusiasm and experience in the on-going pursuit of excellence.

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Cpl Pettit – I can have a powerful effect on an adversary
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LCpl Adams – I have increased my experience in command and leadership
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Sig Davetanevalu – I provide vital information to the commander
I do more than just sit behind a desk Steve, 19

The Royal Signals has deployed on every operation the Army has been involved in – reliable, secure communications are a vital requirement in every possible situation. Whether fighting to set up complex information and radio networks under fire, enabling communications for humanitarian missions or providing 3G networks for multinational forces, the Royal Signals tackle a wide range of operations using their diverse skill set in times of peace and conflict.

History of Military Communication

Communications have always been, and are still a vital part of the Army’s fighting power. Only with clear and trusted communications can commanders support, control, and lead their units and soldiers. The evolution of electrical communications in the last 150 years has been one of the most important developments humanity has ever witnessed. As the advantages that from ever more complex equipment became apparent the need for a technical arm of the Army, who specialised in communication systems, became apparent. The Royal Corps of Signals was founded in 1920 and since its founding the Corps has been leading the development of communications; delivering them in a variety of operational theatres.

  1. 1854

    The first use of the electric telegraph in the Crimean War enabled Army commanders to report daily to London.

  2. 1899

    Field telephones and wireless communications are deployed for the first time in the Boer war.

  3. 1914-1918

    The Fuller phone containing a form of mechanical encryption is developed to prevent interception of line communication.

  4. 1939-1945

    The no 10 set used microwave technology to provide the first mobile wireless telephone.

  5. 1982

    The first deployment of satellite communications in the Falklands War allows taskforce commanders to speak to London in real time.

  6. 2003-2018

    High capacity data networks in Afghanistan enable fast use of evidence to prosecute insurgents and enhanced situational awareness for commanders.

  • Stafford

    1st Signal Regiment A multi role signal regiment delivering information and communication services to the armoured brigades’ headquarters, the wide area network and the satellite link to communicate back to the UK. 16th Signal Regiment A multi role signal regiment delivering information and communication services to the armoured brigades’ headquarters, the wide area network and the satellite link to communicate back to the UK. 22nd Signal Regiment Provides the information and communication services to NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters.

  • York

    2nd Signal Regiment A multi role signal regiment delivering information and communication services to the light brigades’ headquarters.

  • Bulford

    3rd (United Kingdom) Division Signal Regiment Providing the Army’s deployable divisional headquarters and Joint Expeditionary Force Logistics Support Brigade with information and communication services.

  • Corsham

    10th Signal Regiment The Regiment provides specialist capabilities across defence including electronic counter measures and communications support and resilience to civil authority operations.

  • Blandford Forum

    11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment Part of the Defence School of Communication and Information Systems, the regiment conducts training for all personnel in the Royal Signals at phase 2 (trade specific training) and throughout their career. 15th Signal Regiment (Information Support) The regiment is staffed by technical specialists who provide 3rd line support to deployed communication and information systems remotely and in theatre.

  • Haverford West

    14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) The Army’s cyber and electronic warfare regiment.

  • Colerne

    21st Signal Regiment A multi role signal regiment, the regiment currently provide information and communication services to the armoured brigades’ headquarters, the wide area network and the satellite link to communicate back to the UK.

  • Nuneaton

    30th Signal Regiment Rapidly deployable, the regiment provides information and communication services to headquarters, held at high readiness, to react globally.

  • Glasgow

    32nd Signal Regiment

  • Redditch

    37th Signal Regiment

  • Bristol

    39 Signal Regiment

  • Bexleyheath

    71 Signal Regiment

  • Colchester

    216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron Provide the information and communication services to 16 Air Assault Brigade Headquarters

  • Milton Keynes

    299 Signal Squadron (Special Communications) Deliver information and communication services to support the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Communications in the British Army

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