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Everyone in the British Army is trained first and foremost as a soldier. This ensures that everyone has the necessary skills to work effectively on the battlefield, on peacekeeping operations or on training exercises.

A professional soldier should be confident in handling all in service weapons. The personal weapon for the majority of Royal Engineer soldiers is the SA80 Rifle.

Soldiers are also proficient in all the skills and tactics of combat.

Good navigational skills are essential and will be developed by progressive training, being fit is also part of the job and all soldiers train regularly.

The threat of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons exists and as a soldier you will be trained to operate effectively in a variety of hostile environments.

Sometimes things go wrong and people get hurt. Whether it's on the battlefield or at home on leave a soldier has the confidence to provide life saving treatment.

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