At a glance
Building bases, blowing up bridges, clearing mines: the range of challenges in this role will test your skills, but with expertise that comes from first-class training and good leadership, you’ll succeed every time.
- £31,305The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
- £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
- AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months
- QualificationsGCSE and UCAS points
IT'S BEEN THE BUSIEST, MOST VARIED TIME OF MY LIFE, BUT THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE JOB SO WORTHWHILE.
As an Engineer Troop Officer, you’re the expert behind Army engineering projects worldwide. You could plan, lead and manage demolitions, or set up water supplies. Or you might be tasked with building runways, clearing mines, or advising friendly forces on terrain and capabilities. You learn the principles of military engineering on the Young Officers’ course, and later how to project manage a construction site. You could work in one of 15 regiments and switch between them throughout your career. You may also choose to do the Parachute Course, Commando Course or Diver Course at any point up to senior Captain.
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.
Work with ammunition and explosives
Lead and manage people
Be involved in both general and military construction
Get involved in civil engineering projects
Learn about decision making and responsibility
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Regular (full time)
From 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months
Qualifications: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including at least grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science / foreign language).
Basic physical fitness assessment:
Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
MSFT (beep test) level 8.07
Training for the role
You’ll start your career on the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. This is for all officer cadets, regardless of the Corps that they’re hoping to join.
You progress to the Troop Commanders' Course, which lasts for six months. This is one of the longest Young Officer Courses because of the variety of skills you’ll need for your role. You’re trained in water supply, demolitions (including live explosive training), bridge building and base construction. You also learn about reconnaissance, advising on engineering issues, and managing people and equipment. You get the chance to do the Parachute or Commando Course if you serve with these regiments.
Qualifications you could get after training
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
Chartered Management Institute
Chartered in Institution of Royal Engineers (engineering degree not required)
Chartered Engineer (in varying institutions)
City and Guilds certificate in Human Resource Management
Edexel/BTEC certificate in Management Studies
Postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management
Site Safety Supervisor
Watermanship Safety Officer
Explosives Safety Officer
Pay & benefits
You'll earn £31,305 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £37,425 a year.
How to Apply
Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.