The Defence School of Communications Information Systems (DSCIS) is part of the Defence College of Technical Training, which is located at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire. It is responsible for delivering technical training to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Officers from all three Services.
DSCIS has a mission to train and educate information and communications engineers, technicians and operators in order to meet the requirements of Defence and needs of trainees no and into the future.
The School consists of two separate units of which 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment, located in Blandford Forum Dorset, provides technical training for all Royal Signals Soldiers.
On arrival at Blandford Camp everyone attends a week-long induction course. The course is designed to:
Upon completion of this course you will then commence your technical training
After your induction training you will move on to completing the training relevant to your trade group. This will be conducted through classroom-based and practical training sessions, involving modern equipment that you will utilise once you leave for your first posting in the Field Army. This training will provide you background knowledge and the theory which you will put into practice on exercise to prove your level of expertise.
Each trade group undertakes its own specialised training specific to that individual role and as such the length of your time spent with 11 Signal Regiment will vary, ranging from a few weeks up to a year.
The majority of our technical training is accredited to civilian standards and you will begin your journey of professional development from the moment you start your course.
As a trainee soldier, military skills learnt in basic training are revised and refreshed during troop training, which runs throughout your time with the Regiment. Each week activities such as patrolling, section attacks and casualty evacuations are revised.
Weekend exercises, such as Catterick Culmination, allow soldiers to practice these skills away from Blandford Camp in specialist training environments, whilst the Golden's Cup encourages excellence through and Inter-Troop Competition that sees soldiers compete in numerous military tasks in small teams in a bid to win the trophy.
Each trainee must complete Basic Close Combat Skills (BCCS) at the end of their course, which develops individual basic soldier skills, ensuring that they are of a high level before leaving the Regiment.
Those soldiers lucky enough to be promoted at the end of their course will also have to complete a PNCO course, demonstrating their capability to lead.
Accommodation at Blandford Camp for Phase 2 trainees is a mixture of four-man and 10-man room blocks, with males and females in separate buildings.
Soldiers share accommodation with other members of their trade training, help to build friendships and a sense of belonging early on. There is still reasonable privacy for the individual who can expect their own area in the shared room to personalise and make their own. Sheets, blankets and pillowcases are provided; however each soldier is allowed to bring their own bedding should they choose. Each soldier will also have their own lockable wardrobes so that any personal equipment can be secured.
Shared shower, bath and sink facilities are available in both types of accommodation.
Blandford Garrison is home to a multitude of sports and activities. All equipment and instruction is provided free of charge and is an ideal way to introduce yourself to an activity you may not have had the opportunity to try before. Wednesday afternoon are designated as sports afternoon, whilst there is plenty of gym time scheduled into the training program to improve your fitness, whilst getting paid!
The Garrison boasts both football and rugby pitches, squash courts, a floodlit hockey pitch, a modern gym, basketball court and climbing wall so their is always plenty to do.
Within Blandford Town there are numerous shops, including a supermarket,whilst the local leisure centre provides a swimming pool and sauna, as well as exercise classes.
Wi-Fi is available at various spots around the garrison, including the accommodation block. There is a local convenience store, which stocks everyday essentials, located in the centre of the camp. The Medical Centre and Dentists are similarly positioned and provide support throughout the day to soldiers when they require it.
Located near to the accommodation blocks is the All Ranks Cookhouse. This modern facility provides various meals, at incredible value, to cater to all need over generous opening hours.
Blandford Garrison has its own Welfare Officer and Padre to meet the welfare and spiritual needs of all soldiers regardless of faith.