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The Royal 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

Hurricane relief - Communication and Command support for the disaster relief effort in the Caribbean.

Past deployments

  • Support to Ebola outbreak
  • Ongoing support to Iraq

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.

  1. 1920

    Formation of the Corps.

  2. 1944

    Cpl Waters awarded the Military Medal for laying and maintaining the field telephone line.

  3. 1945

    By the end of WW2 members of the Royal Corps of Signals had served in every theatre of war.

  4. 1994

    The home of the Corps relocated from Catterick to Blandford Camp.

  5. 1999

    New Joint Services Signal Unit (Cyprus) was formed.

  6. Post 2009

    The Corps continues to grow and adapt to meet the Armys needs.

Communications in the British Army

Recruitment

Careers