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6 Armoured Close Support Battalion

Role: 6 Armd CS Bn REME is one of the Reactive Force Battalions and sits within 3 UK Division, as part of 101 Logistic Brigade, providing Equipment Support (ES) to 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade (1 AI Bde). Working on a 3 year Training, Readiness/Committed and Other Tasks cycle, the Bn is tasked to support an Armoured Task Force held at readiness.

6 Bn is composed of the following:
• 3 Armoured Coy
• 13 Field Coy
• 14 Armoured Coy

Location: 6 Armd CS Bn REME are conveniently based on the edge of Salisbury Plain in the Tidworth Garrison. This is where the vast majority of the units we support are based and where armoured vehicle training takes place. Tidworth is ideally located in the south of the UK. Travel to major cities is easy and the coast is less than 2 hours drive. Being on a major Garrison offers huge opportunity both for military experience and for social engagements.

Supported Units: To fulfil our role it is vital we maintain close relationships with the Royal Tank Regiment, 1 Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 1 Bn The Mercian Regiment, Household Cavalry Regiment and 4 Bn The Rifles as well at the 1 AI Bde Headquarters. We also work very closely with 4 Armd CS Bn REME whose Headquarters buildings is alongside ours.

REME Reserve Bn Pairing: We are paired with 101 Battalion REME, based in the North West of England. We support each other extensively on training, deployments, adventurous training to name but a few examples.

Exercises/Deployments: As an armoured unit we are part of the Reactive Force and armoured we are heavily involved with the exercise area in Canada (British Army Training Unit Suffield aka BATUS). Here the Army exercises entire armoured units, both live firing and with lasers. We are heavily involved in the support to training by deploying on the Winter Repair Programme which sees every vehicle overhauled for the next training season as well as being part of the training. We also support and deploy on major exercises in the UK, mainly on Salisbury Plain. It is rare that a week goes by when 6 Armd CS Bn REME do not have some presence on the Plain!

Adventurous Training / Sport: There is plenty of Adventure Training throughout the year, with the Bn having a team for all major sports, Nordic and alpine skiing, a thriving rock climbing club, offshore sailing and a large amount of equipment and instructors to facilitate expeditions. We have conducted AT in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France and Canada to list but a few.

Life in 6 Armd CS Bn REME is high tempo however, it also provides lots of exceptional prospects for officers and soldier to deploy all over the world. An assignment to 6 Armd CS Bn REME will positively be rewarding and provide vital experience to take with you as you move onward with your career.