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Role

By the time you go on operations you’ll have completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 training, as well as several weeks of pre-deployment training to prepare you for the mission. For more information click on the right hand side link: Building For Battle Poster (PDF document).
RE Role

The Corps of Royal Engineers have a role across the battlefield.

Leading the way, Sappers will be supporting the rest of the Army bridging rivers, clearing routes through minefields or using explosives to destroy bridges.

Tools of the Trade

Route Maintenance.
Maintaining routes and bridges is essential for the movement of all friendly forces and so bridges can be built or repaired by the Royal Engineers on sites where they have been destroyed or damaged.

EOD Bomb Disposal.
An EOD Specialist Operator works on clearing unexploded bombs, mortars and artillery shells, which have to be cleared to prevent serious danger to friendly forces.

Engineer Armour.
The Titan Armoured Bridge Layer provides close bridging support to the battle group. Its crew of three can lay a 32m bridge in less than five minutes to allow tanks and other armour to proceed.

Air Assault.
As part of a larger parachute formation, members of an Engineer Air Assault Squadron parachute forward of other troops in order to capture vital enemy positions such as airfields, to enable other troops to proceed.

Air Support.
Airfield engineers work closely with the RAF and Army Air Corps to provide suitable landing platforms for a variety of aircraft such as Apache helicopters and Harrier aircraft.

Construction.
Engineer tradesmen assist in the building of temporary accommodation and other essential buildings. They also ensure water, electricity and fuel is supplied to the deployed forces.

Humanitarian.
During post-conflict reconstruction, Engineers can find themselves building hospitals and other essential buildings to aid both friendly forces and civilians.

Military Plant.
Military Plant machines are vital for providing force protection. They work to build up defences using structures made out of baskets filled with rubble. Military plant can also be used to dig tank ditches and maintain routes.

Amphibious.
The landing of an amphibious force, including Commando Engineers, Boat Operators and Engineer Divers, provides essential sea-borne services.

The Role of the Royal Engineers

Corporal Sam Stackhouse, Combat Engineer, explains the role of the Royal Engineers across the battlefield.

The Corps of Royal Engineers have a role across the battlefield. Leading the way, Sappers will be supporting the rest of the Army, bridging rivers, clearing routes through minefields or using explosives to destroy bridges.

Behind the front line, Royal Engineers are just as busy, improving transport routes, constructing camps, building runways and carrying out the vital task of bomb disposal.In addition, the Sappers are ready and capable to begin post-conflict reconstruction, providing humanitarian support in the form of water production, electrical supply and infrastructure, with support also provided to medical facilities, which provide much-needed healthcare to the local population.

It must not be forgotten that Engineers can also be Commando- and Parachute-trained, able to wear the coveted green and maroon berets respectively. Sappers are also the diving experts of the Army. But wherever the Engineers are, their skill and versatility can take on any challenge.

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