The Royal School of Military Engineering Group provides a wide range of training not only in all the engineering disciplines that are fundamental to the Royal Engineers, but also: Military Working Animals, their handlers and maintainers; Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Ammunition Technicians; Search Operators and Army Musicians
The Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) Group provides a wide range of training not only in all the engineering disciplines that are fundamental to the Royal Engineers, but also: Military Working Animals, their handlers and maintainers; Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Ammunition Technicians; Search Operators and Army Musicians.
The scope of training delivered by the RSME Group is vast ranging from combat engineers to Army musicians, chartered engineers to veterinary technicians and bomb disposal operators to heavy plant operators.
Located at Brompton Barracks Chatham, the Home of the Corps of Royal Engineers, 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment (1 RSME Regt) provides artisan engineer training to the Corps of Royal Engineers and the wider Field Army, Fleet and RAF.
There are over 12 different trades available to soldiers who pass through 1 RSME Regt on their Class 1 and 2 courses. On completion of their initial Phase 2a training, Sappers commence their Phase 2b courses in Chatham. For most trades, this will mean attending bespoke artisan training. Course lengths vary and can last up to 53 weeks at the end of which new Sappers will be posted to their first Regiment, or for the more time-served Sappers, redeployed back into the Field Army.
The Professional Engineering Wing (PEW) delivers training up to MSc level to the Royal Engineers’ professional engineers and technicians and troop commanders in order to deliver force infrastructure and reconstruction and the development of projects on operations worldwide.
The Wing also provides bespoke pre-deployment training and agency training in Maths, IT and Technology to support all other courses run at the RSME.
3 RSME Regt delivers Phase 2a and Phase 3 training for Sappers and junior non-commissioned officers of the Corps of Royal Engineers.
Military Engineers are trained in functional skills, demolitions, bridging, watermanship, water supply, force protection, basic field engineering and mine warfare. All these are taught on the 10 week Class 3 course and then honed during the Class 1 course. During their career, when a Sapper is selected for promotion to LCpl or Cpl, they will return to 3 RSME Regt to conduct leadership and management training.
The Wing’s role is to train officers and soldiers to command, communicate, control and coordinate the delivery of military engineering in any environment.
There are broadly 3 types of students trained by the Wing:
The Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEMS Trg Regt) is a tri-service, multi agency Regiment training the Army, Navy, Air Force in all aspects of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), High Risk Search and Ammunition Technical Management.
The Regiment consists of four specialist Squadrons, each of which provides specialist training in a realistic immersive training environment designed to prepare our students for some of the most demanding roles in Defence.
The Defence Animal Centre is to deliver the required number of appropriately trained and highly motivated Military Working Animals and personnel in order to meet the requirements of Defence.
The Defence Animal Centre is a 346 acre site west of the market town of Melton Mowbray. Manned by Army and Royal Air Force personnel the unit is made up of a Regimental Headquarters and 3 Squadrons:
The Royal Military School of Music is the single point of music training for the Corps of Army Music and Army Reserve Band musicians.
Phase 2 Training
The Phase 2 musicians’ course provides Phase 2 training for all soldiers joining the Corps of Army Music and is undertaken after completion of Phase 1 military training.
Phase 3 Courses
Career development courses for trained musicians within the bands to assist in progressing their careers. This includes Command Leadership and Management Courses and the new Musical Direction courses.
The Musical Direction Course
The aim of the course is to prepare Students for the appointment of Bandmaster, developing command, musical and administrative skills, whilst providing a knowledge of the role of Military Music in support of Defence and National Interests.
The aim of the Welfare Office is to provide a confidential welfare support service that is responsive to the needs of the soldiers, families and the Chain of Command. It must fulfil statutory requirements and help maintain operational effectiveness of service personnel.
The Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) aims to provide students and staff with the best possible facilities in which to learn and live.
The RSME Group offers a vast range and standard of accommodation across the 6 locations. Much of the living accommodation is single rooms with en-suite facilities although in some of the older accommodation rooms may be shared. The majority of the RSME Group offers Messes for all ranks, social areas, Wi-Fi, on site shops and pay-as-you-dine facilities.