Driver - Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Cranes, bridge transporters, Land Rovers – as a specialist Driver, you can drive almost anything. Get trained, qualified and become a key member of our team.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications required

The job is never boring and varies from driving tasks to vehicle servicing. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Could you see yourself speeding across the battlefield in a Land Rover to help fellow soldiers? You could be doing just that as an Army Driver. We’ll teach you to drive all kinds of vehicles, from cranes to tank bridge transporters, in all sorts of conditions. That means you’ll get a range of driving licences. Later on, you could manage our fleet. You can also get qualifications – in IT for example – to help you build a career. And when you’re not learning? There’s Army life to enjoy: worldwide travel, sports and activities, plus the chance to make friends for life.
Driver is a Combat role in the Royal Engineers. All the Royal Engineer soldier job roles are divided into 5 groups. When you apply to the Engineers, you will apply to the trade group rather than the specific trade. 

The Corps of Royal Engineers allows the Army to work all over the world, whether it's involved in active combat or disaster relief. The Corps are ‘first in’, setting up bases ready for the rest of the Army to arrive and ‘last out’, closing down patrol bases and military camps. The Corps is at the forefront in disaster-relief operations, effecting rapid repairs to damaged infrastructure in stricken areas.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Get a range of driving licences

  • Drive off-road in challenging conditions

  • Learn basic maintenance and servicing

  • Drive a variety of military and civilian vehicles

  • Travel all over the world

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications required

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
You head to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley, Surrey, for 12 weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Finally, you go the Defence School of Driving near Leconfield, East Yorkshire, for 12 weeks where you'll to drive military vehicles, including Land Rovers, in combat and peace time.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Variety of driving licences (Category B, C and C+E)

  • Civilian accredited qualification in transportation of hazardous materials

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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